Water turns it fishy, mechanical and plastic-y. I prefer without. Brings out a few herbal notes from the wine cask too. Totally changes the lovely mouthfeel and finish though.
Instantly - Mezcal. Blind, that would be my first impression. Very sharp and clean vegetal Peat. Very strong nose, you know it’s high abv. Popcorn cooked in oil, a very hot fire, some soot and hot ash, agave, aloe Vera. Not overly sweet, just a gentle underlying sweetness. Tiger balm definitely.
Surprisingly buttery, popcorn again, oily and great mouthfeel, tar, agave, aloe, mentol, lemon candy. Water takes away the lovely mouthfeel.
Long, smokey, tar, the stamp of bruichladdich minerals, lots of lemony citrus, tarry peat. Big and bold.