Admittedly, with a single-digit maturation time and PX finish, I'm always quite skeptical about the result. Here, however, the combination of lively fire, slightly dirty-looking smoke and pleasantly sweet barrel influence fits like a glove and creates a really impressively complex blend. If a few more years in the barrel were added to make the whole thing a little more relaxed and balanced, it would be a real highlight. But even so, this malt is really good and should please everyone who enjoys raging "children's birthday parties with lots of noise and boom" in their mouths.
A greasy smoky note combines with sweet plum jam and brown sugar, memories of juicy grilled food and BBQ sauce are immediately awakened, smoked paprika powder, a pinch of "Scotch Bonnet" chilli powder is also included, dates in a crispy bacon coat, has a very meaty effect a hint of stock cubes or Maggi, the somewhat dirty brandy can definitely stand up to the sweet barrel influence and has a shiny copper face, in the background dried soft apricots and a few crumbs of orange zest add a subtle fruitiness, by breathing on the The lovage note becomes clearer with air and the oak also gains influence, light rolling tobacco and spicy walnuts
Hits hard with a skilful mixture of dirty smoke and greasy meatiness, it is complemented by a not exaggerated sweetness of dates and plum jam, a little grated orange peel, the extremely lively brandy has real power and occasionally shines a little coppery, this varied mixture is carried from an amazingly robust oak note without bitterness, some tobacco, with a longer stay in the mouth the peat smoke becomes even more complex and turns into a cinnamon campfire direction, also a bit of dark milk chocolate is added
There is a fairly long finish with a lot of peat smoke and malt, despite the high alcohol strength it is quite mild, at most a slight chili heat is noticeable, the somewhat metallic youth of the brandy with a few copper nuances is also evident here, but this is due to of the strong oak influence does not seriously disturb, this also brings more mature influences such as roasted coffee and rolling tobacco, dark milk chocolate with a pinch of cinnamon and brittle pieces melts in the mouth, ultimately a memory of a successful barbecue and also of the smoked paprika powder remains