Nose: This is an intensely smoky nose with sweet, pungent sherry notes. Chocolate-coated maraschino cherries, pralines, marzipan, maple, burnt caramel, smoky bacon, red licorice, raspberry jam, and leather. Salty, but not in a coastal Islay kind of way.
Palate: A gradual arrival with a lovely mouthfeel. Hammy. Smoked, glazed ham. Crispy bacon. Sweet, candied fruits. Almond extract, chocolate-coated cherries, plums, and raspberry jam.
Finish: The sherry and peat integrate well. Campfire smoke, caramelized apples, a bit of charcoal, almonds, cherries, cedar, and pine. Medium-long finish.
Thoughts: Both the smoke and the sherry come out swinging with this one. While this doesn’t have the classic coastal peatiness that Islay lovers crave, it’s still big and powerful. But be warned; the sherry here is quite sweet. I think it’s precisely because of those big, sweet, candied, fruity notes that the sherry manages to stand its ground. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for with ballsiness. This one’s big and simple, but it’s fun.