Nose: Oh yeah, sweet and syrupy. Fruity flavours of guava jelly, tinned peaches, maraschino cherries (the nice ones), green table grapes, and dried mango. Some more rounded notes of malt, toffee, honeycomb, coconut, candied nuts, sesame oil and poppyseeds. Spiced with cinnamon and ginger. Slightly salty.
Palate: Thick texture, with moderate heat. Concentrated sweet fruit up front: tangerine, cherries, and more guava jelly. The fruit steps aside a little on the development: there’s some sweet toasted oak, barley sugar, brioche crusts, vanilla-frosted cinnamon buns. It turns a bit spicy, with cinnamon, ginger, and pink peppercorn heat. Some richer red fruit notes of pomegranate and raspberry towards the back, with a bit of a weird candy note.
Adding a dribble of water, there’s more malt and pepper.
Finish: Medium-short. Pear, strawberries, honey, vanilla, and lots of cinnamon.
The water doesn't change the finish much.