Distiller: Israel Palestino Vasquez
ABV: 47.3% ABV
Nose: Creamy, lots of cocoa, toffee, some pepper, some minerality. Good deal of clove, which is surprising, but adds some complexity. The fruit seems a bit muted here, which surprises me.
Taste: Banana, pepper, cloves, sweet creamy dessert notes. Lots of minerality, faint ash smoke. Lightly woody. Smoke quickly dominates the back palate. Oily and rich mouth feel – if you told me this was a pechuga, Id likely believe you.
Finish: Long, smoky, ashy and loaded with minerality and some pepper. Weird sour fruit notes. The smoke is aggressive, certainly more than I anticipated.
Overall: Interesting dram for sure. This expression is bursting with flavors – few of them pedestrian or routine. While I like it, there are some rough patches, including the dominating smoke on the palate that sort of set it back to me.
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