Wood's 7 year old Sawatch American Malt (Batch 2), 49%

Price: $75 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

At first, the nose is earthy and roasty, with dried chile, cocoa powder, toasted oak, curing tobacco, and dried clay, but a few drops of water reveal dried jasmine, honeysuckle, and rose petals: a delightful surprise. The palate is savory and earthy with plenty of mole sauce, cocoa powder, charred nuts, and pepper. It's lengthy on the finish, unfurling into cigar, espresso, and unsweetened cocoa flavors.