John Emerald John's Alabama Peach Wood Smoked, 43%

Price: $45 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

A musty nose features an array of fruit from pears and sour green apples to cooked prunes, alongside lemon zest, melon candies, and potpourri. The palate is soft and light bodied, offering notes of citrus, cherries, and red currants, with a waxy texture. Mint chocolate appears on the finish as does cocoa powder and a hint of smoke. The flavors here aren't super explosive, but they are balanced and lightly spiced.