Body: Rawhide, dark chocolate.
Foot: Hot chocolate.
Cold Draw: Fresh cut cedar, red pepper, minerals, earth, vegetal.
Tasting Notes: In the first third I am hit with rich cocoa, red pepper, and slight white sugar all packed into a creamy rich smoke. The retrohale has red pepper and candied ginger. I get a phantom flavor of a ripe juicy peach. Further in I get notes of peach candy, chocolate, dried cherries, golden raisins, cream, oak, and black pepper. Something reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries.
In the second third, I get chocolate, root beer hints, white pepper, and condensed milk in the sweetness and smoke texture. I pick up other phantom flavors of sweet hot chocolate with marshmallows.
In the final third, I get satisfying flavors of cocoa, oak, dried fruits, white pepper, cream, earth, and cherry coke. Wow, this was a flavor excursion.
Pairing Notes: Cella’s chocolate-covered cherries. Chocolate stout or chocolate porter beers. Root beer. Cherry Coke.