Tropical fruit, corn tortillas, lots of citrus, overripe banana. Really, really pleasant and supremely quaffable.
Bell peppers, chalk, stone, pencil shavings, leafy greens, cilantro. Green, earthy, and vegetal to the max.
Buttered popcorn, earth, leather, sweet potatoes, vanilla, detritus. Like an Espadin on steroids in some ways, but slightly lacking overall.
Sweet corn, snap peas, roasted agave, vinegar-based bbq sauce, young carrots. Sweet and delicious.
Creamy, berries, mint, nuts, forest floor, graphite, eucalyptus. Deeply complex, just incredible.
Sour apples, tart candy, candied ginger, clay, chalk, raspberries. Super fruity, high toned, and razor sharp.
lot no. 000617, november 2016.
nose: candied herbs, mint chocolate chip ice cream, rose petals, toasted cashews, some chalk with nice general floral notes
palate: wow, really sweet for a karwinskii. but it works – the dry earth and stone are mellowed out by the sweetness. roasted sweet corn (reminds me a bit of vago elote), some rhum agricole-like grassiness, tropical fruit, lemon peel tea, very light mineral-forward smoke.
pretty short finish owing to the sweetness, but lots more candied herbs, eucalyptus, and mint. this is fantastic. would love to compare it to the tobasiche adrian bautista produced for koch.
49.73% ABV. tasted blind!
nose: pencil shavings, mild tartness and acidity, ginger, cinnamon, white pepper, maybe a little cocoa, and light stone fruit
palate: sweet! nice spice, strong cinnamon plus allspice and cardamom, some banana, generic green vegetal notes, nutty popcorn
things get drier on the finish and there’s a bit of bell pepper. this is good.
nose: tangy, white wine vinegar, lacto-fermented hot sauce, white pepper, some mustiness, robitussin, a bit of scotch bonnet frutiness
palate: medium to thin mouthfeel. hershey’s milk chocolate – butyric acid and all, unripe grapes and berries, more cough syrup and white pepper.
short finish with lingering tang, prickliness, and cough syrup. strangely this reminds me a lot of empirical spirits “fuck trump and his bullshit wall” release, which is distilled with habanero and always gives me cough syrup vibes. i don’t love this but it’s interesting.
nose: bubble gum, cotton candy, baked agave, citrus, red berries, granny smith apple, pickle brine
palate: full, rich mouthfeel. again with the bubblegum, burnt stone, eucalyptus, popcorn. not incredibly complex, but definitely delicious.
medium finish with nice prickly heat. overall i love the nose and mouthfeel, and this almost borders on *too* easy to drink, in a good way.
Lot DS008-MC, June 2015.
nose: pencil shavings, white pepper, wet stone, autumn detritus, menthol, and something slightly umami – mushrooms?
palate: medium mouthfeel. brown sugar, that white pepper, some pine, touch of bitterness. not too complex.
pretty quick finish. this is one of those bottles where the nose is perhaps more interesting than the taste.
nose: ginger, thai basil, chili pepper, and red berries off the bat. then some funk – gym bag and shoes without socks on a hot summer day, and some fish sauce. light, grassy smoke.
palate: medium but nice mouthfeel. more ginger, star anise, sweet cola, some olive brine, mixed spiced nuts, allspice, cedar
medium finish with lots of that ginger tingling. this is great. i tried to find some of that funk from the nose on the palate but couldn’t. still great.
note: brine, cashew, sage, the part of an envelope you lick to seal
palate: medium mouthfeel. wood, bell pepper, bitter chlorophyll, a touch of salt, and some heat.
medium finish. decent but miles behind the sierra, for me.
note: chalk, limestone, sandalwood, white pepper, eucalyptus, dry earth
palate: full, rich mouthfeel. a green sweetness or a sweet greenness? licorice, more white pepper, a touch of bitterness. lots of subtle flavors, nothing too huge, but in a pleasant way.
long, lingering finish. really like this.