The nose hits you first with a dry but fruity sherry backed up with smoke. The palate is milk chocolate with peat (a new M&M flavor?). It's quite sweet but with much less sherry character than I would expect, though some of the sherry contributes to the milk chocolate note. By the finish, the peat has clearly won over the sherry.
This is a decent malt, but the strong sweetness on the palate kicks it out of balance.
NOSE Smoke, sherry (duh) and caramel syrup dominate the nose and create a diabolical background for a horde of sweet and savory notes the play. Iodine, burnt toffee, maple, strawberry preserves, leather, cinnamon and smoked ham are all running amok with a slight nutty underpinning.
TASTE Sherry and peat (really? no way) come roaring out of the bottle like a bat out of hell with caramel adding some backup wails. Tobacco, a bit of oak, roasted nuts, a hint of candy like Smarties, a very mild herbal quality and a healthy dose of the darkest fruit leather Hell has to offer creates this complex and delicious Danse Macabre.
Smoke, wood, tobacco and dark fruit fade to a soft smoke that hangs around like a disembodied soul, haunting the palate long after it’s gone.