Good without, but great with water. A daring, peaty, beauty of an Arran!
The nose is massively herbal and a touch farmy. Freshly cut grass, hay, heather, lavender and even a bit of coriander. Then mostly citrus and a bit of apples, skin included. It has a dusty side too, as if from wood shavings. Bit of toasted oak and vanilla. Very nice.
On the palate I get loads of spices and a surprisingly large amount of peat. Very piquant, but also quite alcoholic. Adding water makes it very fruity, allowing the peat to disappear slowly into the background. Citrus, sweet honey, light oak. Nice balance.
In the finish it remains feisty, discretely peaty and warming.