Detailed tasting notes:
Strong phenolic medical Islay smoke reminds me of disinfectants and hospital. Behind it a faint caramel note, tart lemons, as well as some grain and malt. It takes some time for the "smoke curtain" to slowly lift. After the first try, at the latest, it opens and lets vanilla and apricots through. The aroma becomes significantly sweeter and also somewhat floral with jasmine flowers.
Surprisingly sweet to start with. The phenolic smoke is there immediately, but much better integrated than in the nose. Caramel candies and ripe apples come to mind. Then add the sour lemons again, accompanied by a slight tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue. At first, sweetness and acidity complement each other well.
The sour lemons dominate now, almost nothing remains of the initial sweetness. The mouth contracts a little. There is also a bitter mouthfeel, but without the typical oak notes.
A few drops of water soften the malt a little. The sour notes (especially in the finish) are neutralized somewhat and the other aromas come through a little more. The smoke now also appears better integrated in the nose.