I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample!
Immediately, ashy smoke is on the nose. Behind it, sweet notes of vanilla and toffee emerge, accompanied by fruity pears as well as tropical fruits, mainly banana and pineapple. The cold smoke hovers discreetly above everything.
On the palate, the smoke mingles with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel and honey. Pleasantly warming with a subtle peppery spiciness. Towards the finish more caramel tones and some toasted bread.
The finish is medium long and warming, with caramel and a subtle ash note, and increasingly dry tannins.
With water: After adding a few drops of water, the fruit notes are pushed into the background. What remains is vanilla, caramel and ashy smoke. Sweet on the palate with vanilla, toffee and honey, plus some banana, pepper and spicy smoke. The finish is still medium long with caramel, some banana, discreet smoke and dry tannins.