Neat: Wood spices (think virgin oak), fruits (apple, apricot, dates) and loads of caramel and custard cream. Sticks of liquorice and sweet floral notes. You can feel you are in the 50s regarding the ABV, but no burn on the nostrils at all.
With water: more toffee-like caramel, sweeter nose, icing sugar.
Neat: Caramel and spices on the arrival, sharper than you’d expect from the nose. Thick caramel, pepper for quite a good time, then mid-palate fruits briefly appear, with granny smith apple and lemon, then it moves to chocolate and coffee beans. Roasted malted barley, liquorice and some metallic notes.
Dilution brings out a slight woodiness and a more bourbony profile, as well as a slightly sour note in the back-palate, not unpleasant at all.
Caramel, lemon, liquorice, copper coins, chocolate, medium length. Slightly drying after dilution.