Nose: Bright and fresh. Floral honey, with some of the beeswax mixed in. Cut grass, banana, lemon oil, summer flowers, and lavender. Toasted almonds and walnuts, oatcakes, nougat and vanilla Some fragrant fresh-cut wood notes. A hint of pink salt and graphite, and almost a bit of a soda water smell. Very slightly soapy.
A dribble of water brings out some more stonefruit and apple notes.
Palate: Medium texture. More of that honey up front, followed by a surge of oak and vanilla spices. Rich nuts, burnt sugar and toffee on the development. There’s a hit of toasted oak spice and bitterness, with tobacco, unsweetened cocoa powder, roasted green tea, black pepper, and various different cookies. Coffee with condensed milk, orange zest, and honeydew melon.
Water adds fresh peaches and sweet rich cream, while dialing down the bitterness and spice. Those nutty and tobacco notes are retained, though.
Finish: Fairly oaky. Vanilla crème, coffee candies, gingersnaps, and those cookie straw things. More honey, with toasted coconut and tropical flowers. Barrel char and a hint of toasted black pepper.
The water brightens things up to tart yellow plums.