Nose: Fruity-tart, a bit of a nip. Raisin challah, honey, blueberries, green apple, and lemon. Some toasted nuts. Lots of evaporated milk of all things, along with some butter.
A dribble of water helps things. There’s lemon zest, wine gums, some star anise, and sunflower seeds. Just a bit of something earthy, maybe some caramelized mushrooms.
Palate: Very hot. Silky texture. Tart juicy lemon up front. Develops to sweet peach tea, with plenty of potpourri, rosewater, and clove. Not much else can break through the heat.
The water helps quite a lot: it’s much gentler and the texture has thickened up. There’s Juicy Fruit gum, pistachios, and honey, with vanilla and coconut towards the back.
Finish: Short and fairly hot. Honeycomb, raisins, dried apricots, and fruit leather. A touch of sweet mint.
Water adds some waxy milk chocolate and black pepper.