From top to bottom this whisky has been a challenge. Trying to find that sweet spot has been difficult at times but when you find it it's great and other times not so great but never boring. If what you are looking for is to open a bottle pour and enjoy as is, this isn't for you. I expected something more form Tormore. Never mind it was an experience and a difficult one to score.
It says tropical fruits on the bottle, can't argue with that. Also cinder toffee covered in chocolate, blood orange and vanilla. Add water and you get salt, white pepper and white chocolate.
First of all this needs water from the off and it's better for it. Not very often this happens in my own personal experience. Just a little water brings out a smokey note along with those fruit notes. A little bit more water and there is lovely citrus notes and a good mix, orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit. It is still harsh to drink so adding a bit more water tames it a bit more and brings out liquorice and makes it slightly bitter but that's fine as it adds another dimension. A little bit more water brings out the spice but the bitterness turns unpleasant. As you can see different levels of water added brings out different flavours and textures but you loose others It's not layered, the balance is never really there.
The finish all depends on how much water you add. It can be fruity, spicey or bitter. Even woody with white wine vinegar. Also grapefruit or Indian tonic water dryness.