The nose is powerful, abundantly salty (brine), but softened by softer notes of barley sugar, wax (Clynelish obliges). Lemon comes to be married with salt. A bit of epoxy resin (yes, it does not look very nice but it actually goes very well here). The water is an added bonus of olive oil and exotic notes of the most beautiful effect. The set is beautifully crafted, no frills, power yes, but in the finesse.
First remark: alcohol is remarkably well integrated. The attack is salty, then a very beautiful bitterness develops, superb combo gentian / licorice, raised by the acidity of the lemon and a hint of peat, while a sweet sweetness in the background comes to balance the whole. Add to that a greasy, oily texture, and you get a perfect malt "for us men", but refined version. Water enhances the gentian notes and makes it even more drinkable.
The finish is very long, bitter (but not the rough bitterness of tannins), subtly peated with lemon and salt that sticks to the palate.
The kind of malt that will not please everyone, but will make fans of the genre fall. I just love it. Objectively, he does not have the complexity to reach 92, but he is so perfect in his style that I put them anyway.