Tasting Notes: Faint dried apricot on the body. Slight tobacco and apricot on the foot. The cold draw is a fresh flower bouquet and slight cedar with a tiny bit of mustiness. The first third is floral, with some cedar upfront and oak on the finish. I also get salt and slight pepper. Clean and oaky with powdery smoke and a clean finish. Further in the pepper starts to pick up again. It is delicate, balanced, and floral with some cedar and floral notes along with some natural root-like herbal notes. The retro is dark, cedary, and floral with slight red pepper. Cedar, oak, flowers, white pepper, and oily smoke emblazon the palate with fuller pepper and dried fruits on the retrohale. The second third is creamier. There is a butter richness, floral notes, cedar, and an oily smoke with hints of sarsaparilla. The retrohale is sugary and floral. Around the halfway point, cinnamon enters the mix. Cinnamon, sarsaparilla root, flowers, and white pepper along with slight almonds and vanilla caress the senses and make this a dream to smoke. The sensation is a bit effervescent, like soda. In the final third, I get florals, cinnamon, sarsaparilla root, and powdery smoke. The retro is oaky and smooth with hints of spices. Towards the end, the flavors all meld together to bring this thing to a climax! WOW!
Pairing Notes: RC Cola. Scotch from the Highlands. Vanilla anything. Hennessy XO or VSOP. After Thai food. Lager. Chilled white wine. Jack Daniels. Vanilla pudding. Cream-filled caramels. Medium roast coffee