Slightly greasy, pleasant peat smoke is very clear in the nose at first. In addition to the smoked bacon note, the smoke also has a slightly medicinal touch. Sweet and fruity aromas of sugar syrup, citrus fruits, cherry candies and strawberry-rhubarb jam also come through very quickly. I find some malt and roasted grains that intensify over time. Behind it there is a little caramel and a little bit spicy oak.
The start on the tongue is syrupy and sweet with a lot of smoke. Compared to the nose, the smoke now seems much more medicinal to me, and also reminds me a bit of a cold, extinguished campfire. Citrus fruits, cherry candies and red berries are added and complement the taste profile. After a few seconds it becomes a little bit spicier, the oak shows itself. I can also find malt and toasted bread.
In the finish, the mouthfeel is first sweet, then the oak comes through stronger. The sweetness takes a back seat and a bitter impression remains. The medicinal smoke is also present, as well as a clear liquorice note and herbal candies. Towards the end it gets a bit malty again.
With a little water, the nose becomes sweeter and fruity again. The oak remains a little more in the background. The mouthfeel is also fruity and rounded. In general, with the slightly lower alcohol content, it loses some of its strength and expression. The water robs him of the rough edges. You can like that, but you don't have to.