At full strength, both the iodine and brine are prominent on the nose at first, then gently enveloped in sherry shrouded smoke, with the heat of the alcohol eventually catching up and threatening to obliterate your nostrils, which entices one to take a sip of this liquid permutation of the senses.
The palate is complex and well balanced, with various dried fruits and nut, predominately white figs, walnuts, macadamia and coconut, and some bitter chocolate, too. The finish is peppery and somewhat tongue numbing at full strength, which is a testimony to the intensity of flavors.
With water, the sea becomes a bit calmer and some of the complexity is lost, but the distance becomes more discernible between the waves. In fact, the sherry wells up into a surge mid palate, crashing into a briny foam on the shore.