Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - (UB Collection,Finalist,Great Value,Tried & True Award)- The nose is distinctly floral and fruity with notes of red fruits and peaches. Powerfully spicy and woodsy in the mouth with hints of smoke, cigar box and tobacco leaf that lingers long on the palate.
Smells of sweet corn, buttered popcorn and pistachio nuts in the early stages; later whiffs pick up well-endowed scents of sautéed butter, oaky vanilla, beeswax and linseed oil. Palate entry is full-bodied, sweet and honeyed; at midpalate the taste profile turns drier, more intensely grainy-mashy and breakfast cereal-like. Finishes with notes of nougat, almonds, candy bar, and oak. Best Buy. - Paul (6/1/2005) - 90-95: Superb/Highly Recommended (Jun 2005)