Nose: sweet grain, coal smoke, concentrated fruit and spice, grapefruit skin, butter icing and a meaty hint hiding in the middle, but it all felt a bit ‘compressed’. With water it sweetened up, adding milk chocolate, sweet and sour apples, pine needles, grapefruit, cinnamon and burning spices appearing. The smoke expanded into a sweeter coal dust laden smoke, with some coal tar, wet wool and brine.
Palate: neat, it started with sour cream and vanilla, lemon zest, bitter orange, brine and tar, before bursting into sweet coal and green wood. With water, there was lots of sweetness, with creamy fruit (cheap strawberry ice cream?) turning darker through liquorice to burning pine needles.
Finish: it seemed to finish quickly with a touch of wood and apple skin, but reappeared after a few seconds with vanilla, fruit skin and some floral notes. Water made the finish more consistent, with floral notes, fruity sweets, dark wood, and a mix of light and heavily toasted grain.