Some slightly unexpected feints when initially pouring this – though they dissipate entirely with a short resting period (I’m certain this is just an idiosyncrasy of my sample). Lots of berries - redcurrants, raspberries and blackcurrants – mostly fresh, though with some reduced jamminess also. Deeper aromas of plums and damsons, raisins and toffee are joined by baking spiced and some light wet soil earthiness. In the background, toasted bready and nuttiness - peanuts in fact (unsalted). The addition of water adds some cake elements, and a touch of chocolate. It also further pronounces the berry elements.
Rich and quite syrupy. Again this is a berry fest - cranberries, strawberries and cream raspberries (raspberry ripple - don’t mind if I do thanks). More on the reduced side of things now – jams, preserves, compotes and sauces. There’s chocolate, cake and toffee here - all rather sweet, all rather tasty. Sweetness is tempered by cask influence which in this instance has some big cinnamon and some light pepper adding bitterness. Water reduces the texture of the fruits from syrupy into a lovely refreshing juiciness, it also takes the edge of the bitter spicing.
Medium in length, quite drying and with peppery spicing.