Sonoma County Distilling Co.
Peggy Noe Stevens 7.3
Nose: Yeasty raisin bread with a grainy rye essence. Honey-dipped granola and peachy fruit, then smoked oak. Herbaceous fennel and white pepper with some ginger on the tail end.
Palate: Smooth with crisp baking spices and streaks of smoke and black tea. Leather notes and pipe tobacco. Dark fruit with a little bit of cardamom there.
Finish: Leaves the tongue a bit smokey and dry to the bone.
Comments: Wood notes and smoke notes carry heavy on the end.
Susan Reigler 7.7
Nose: Toasted dark rye bread with very dry black pepper. Overall warm, spiky, spices and some dark, dry fruit.
Palate: Initial rye is very quickly followed by a mouthful of dark chocolate and figs. The pepper is smoked and with a little dry oak.
Finish: Very long, dry and spicy, but simple compared to before. A shame the fruit and herbs didn’t stay.
Comments: Sip this neat, since water tends to flatten it. But it would make a very solid base for a cocktail.