Palate: Loads of chili and black pepper on the entry, with intense heat – this is huge! when the heat subsides the sweet and smoky notes kick in, with sweet smoke, cough syrup, dark fruit, and dried prune juice, lapsang tea leaves, and quite some wine tannins and sweet sherry wines, more wood spices and toasted oak wood with earthen floors and sooty notes come into the picture. even some chocolate… Dark stuff, but yummy.
Finish: peppermint, black tea, bitter oak, chilly, chocolate, smoke, lots of smoke, peat embers.
A rather spicy and dark example, with the sherry and smoke playing nicely together. The black tea and sweet sherry notes with chocolate and chillis make for a complex, yet highly drinkable Ballechin. No wonder this sold-out nicely. Too bad this is sold out now.