Definitely better without water.
Vanilla and fresh wood immediately catch your nose. In the background you can see a flowery-fruity brandy. Alcohol can be felt but smells very ripe.
With water the fruits become clearer and a little darker and more ripe.
Here, too, the vanilla comes through the most. Then light fruits like ripe apples and pears. The barrel then only reports towards the exit. With water then a bit bitter in the mouth.
Then a little malt in the finish. And now a couple of spices will come through. Pleasantly strong without water.