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I had heard so much about this one that when I finally tried it I had really high expectations. It failed to meet them.
Everything starts off wonderfully. The color is a lush amber, and the nose has a nice honeyed sweetness mixed with hints of smoke that is really wonderful. The nose is easily the best part of this malt.
The palate, though, is a strange mish-mash of different flavors, none of which come through all that well. It seems as though this malt is trying to do too much and, as a result, does nothing well. The smoke is there, the sweetness, hints of fruit, but it just doesn't come together well. All of this wraps up with a long and slightly bitter finish.
I wanted to like this malt, but just couldn't do it. I've tried it several times just to make sure I wasn't missing something, but I have the same reaction each time. I was glad to have tried it, but won't seek it out in the future.