Nose: Soft, but meaty. Kind of like Mortlach is meaty. Black pepper, roast nuts, burnt marshmallows, and earthy malt. Flowers (mostly stems), banana, and cider vinegar. Some subtle smoke, and something like hot beach sand.
Water increased that meatiness, and… oh, it’s birch bark! That kind of woody oily flavour.
Palate: Extremely oily texture. Despite that, it’s extremely soft on the arrival, with caramel and flowers. Then comes butter, beef fat, lemon, powdered sugar, cashews, barley, and burnt toast. Then comes the funk: kerosene, tar, and burnt toast, going into heavy oak, punky (rotten) wood, earth, herbs, pine, and tobacco. Some yellow plums towards the back.
Finish: Oaky and earthy. More herbs and tobacco. Light honey, vanilla, and lemon tea. Savoury spices too, star anise, cumin, black pepper, and some cardamom.
With water comes loads of strong black coffee all of a sudden.