Whenever I sit to write up some notes on a whisky, I always try to add water at some point to see what happens. Occasionally, when the whisky is so good that I get a bit lost in the experience, I forget. It is much easier to remember to add water and see what happens when a whisky is a bit hot on the nose or palate. This was a bit hot, so after I jotted down a few notes, I went ahead and played with adding a few drops.
A few drops seemed to deaden the dram and simplify the flavor profile— but this was not all bad as water also made the whisky more enjoyable to sip— it was less sharp, acidic, and without any spirited heat. Water presented a question of priorities— did I want to sit and search for notes despite the occasional prickle of spirit and sharpness, or did I want something easy to sip and relax with? This might be blasphemous to some, but I thought this was particularly enjoyable on ice, especially in the summer heat.
Mental Image: Tea and Bundt Cake in the Morning
Grassy, herbal, citrus, apples, malty dough, pretzels, lemon poppy seed bundt cake, hints of salt and lavender.
Medium-bodied, acidic and tart, juicy apple, citrus juice, grassy, musty at the end.
Medium-length with apples and chalk.