Tasting Notes: The body is vegetal, smokey, and has hints of barnyard, earth, and slight cocoa. The cold draw reminds me of pipe tobacco, cherry flavor, licorice, or both. The foot is chocolate and rich tobacco. Clouds of chocolatey, creamy, rich smoke. Rich tobacco notes. Slight licorice at times. Well fermented tobacco. Milk chocolate. Bread crust. And the retrohale of red pepper. BBQ jerky twang and meatiness. Teriyaki. Cinnamon on the retro. Teriyaki glaze. The second third is still glazed teriyaki but with toasted rye bread. Still some milk chocolate and salt. Retro is cinnamon spice. Smoke is a rich cream. There’s a zip to it, like a lemon with espresso. It’s so unique, I really don’t know what to say about flavors other than when they mend together like this, it typically means balance, and I must say it is well rounded. Apricot, chocolate, lemon. In the final third, the retro is chocolate, cinnamon, and oak. Smoke is still rich and creamy. Balanced flavors of cocoa, lemon, apricot, oak, earth, medium roast coffee, and some rye. Starting to remind me of pie, maybe pecan pie. Apple cider vinegar and vanilla in the end.
Pairing Notes: Rum. Chocolate-covered cherries. Chocolate-covered strawberries. Medium roast coffee, black but with sugar. Espresso with lemon. After pastrami on rye or a good Reuben on rye. After anything with fennel. Dried mangoes and banana chips. Almond Joy. Pineapple. Guava anything. Strawberry shortcake. Strawberry cheesecake. Bahama mama or any tropical drinks. Tropical anything.