Even though this is a malt whiskey I think they have matured it the bourbon way, that is in new heavy charred American oak casks.
If I had not seen the label with "single malt" I would have called this out as a bourbon. But it's very tasty and I like it a lot.
It is stated "never colored" yet it is darker than most sherry matured scotch, which for a presumably young whiskey can only be achieved by really heavy charring.
Hence there's also quite a bourbonesque nose to it.
Fresh and sweet vanilla oak and cinnamon.
Cooked prunes and dark ripe fruits.
Alc level is noticeable, but then it's 53%
Water reduces the alc feel as well as the vanilla, and push the fruit forward.
Solid spicy and sweet arrival.
The vanilla oak and cinnamon is there in abundance, the fruity stuff has got a slight sour note well balanced by a chocolate cover and toffee filling.
Water dilutes just about everything and makes it less defined. Personally I would not recommend it.
A little prickly spice along with a now drying cinnamon survives into the finish.
Same thing here with water, everything gets mushed together, the thing that holds up is the spice and it gets even dryer.