It’s interesting, but on the bitter side for me. I like the complexity linen notes, the hints of tropical fruit, and the creamy vanilla, as well as the long finish. It got better with time and water, but that astringency hung on, and it really took this dram down for me. If that bitterness wasn’t there, I’d probably have loved it. Ah well.
Nose: Off-dry and soft. The fruit is all fairly green, but still juicy: honeydew melon, coconut water, pears, key limes, lychee, and white wine. Nutty, slightly waxy. Macadamias and brazil nuts, maybe some untoasted sesame seeds too. Some warm woody spices: nutmeg, clove, very mild cinnamon. Some roasted barley and crusty French bed. Fresh linen and dandelions.
Palate: Medium texture. Wow, much punchier than the nose. Not particularly sweet. Bananas, coconut, and grass up front. Lots more of that fresh linen note, as well as bitter citrus pith. Rich oak on the development: cigar boxes, walnut wood, and freshly-polished furniture. It does a bit of a turn into sweeter notes, with some vanilla bean coming in. Some kind of fruity tropical funk in there, maybe breadfruit.
Some more time in the glass and the dram has softened a bit. There’s sweeter coconut and pineapple now, along with vanilla, cream, and toasted barley.
A dribble of water smooths things out even further, and beefs up the mouthfeel. A bit of a cotton candy note, along with paraffin, lime zest, and flowers.
Finish: Fairly long. Grassy and astringent, slowly getting sweeter. More dandelion stems, with some overbrewed green tea and citrus pith. Lingering marshmallows, buttercream icing, malted barley, mint, and banana.
Water adds green apple, savoury barley, and some warm spice notes of allspice and star anise.