With water it became more balanced and aromatically cohesive. Aged rioja, lemon barley water, touches of dried lavender and damp earthiness. The palate opened with spicy chilli and tannin laced with sweet raisins and prune eau de vie. Notes of caramelised onions, aged balsamic, almonds and sticky treacle pudding. Reduction once again soothed things and brought orange blossoms, fragrant waxes, apricot preserve, thick wood spices and a menthol eucalyptus aspect.