Intriguing, inviting, but most of all, coastal. Salinity, seaweed and a ton of minerality to start things off – then sweetness from trademark heathery honey, caramel (salted), toffee and touches of peach and apricot. Peat smoke is light, but surprisingly pervasive across the whole nose...it’s an interesting mix of camphor, lamp oil, burning grass and light medicinalness. The addition of water further ups the mineral content here with chalkiness and a steely maritime breeze.
Viscous and quite sharp on arrival, but stunningly drinkable (did they use the hydrometer correctly?!). An incredibly balanced mix of cinder toffee, burnt honeycomb, bitter spice (cinnamon and pepper) and maritime minerality. The sherry influence is more noticeable here – but still restrained – raisins, milk chocolate and tanned leather. It interplays with pronounced steeliness – granite, slate and coal dust. Reduced, this is sweeter and with a more syrupy mouthfeel – honey, peaches and berry fruit added alongside just a touch of chalkiness.
Quite long with chocolate and toffee playing off against pepper, menthol and a slight tang of heathery peat.