Nose – Tropical fruits, bananas at the fore.
Palate – Peaches folded into buttery pastry, key limes.
Nose with water – More peaches and fragrant meadowflowers, cut grass.
Palate with water – Ginger snap biscuits and apple turnovers.
At full strength, this whisky brings a full fruitbowl of exotic fruits on the nose, with softening banana aromas pushing past papaya and star fruit. When water is added, the aroma takes on the personality of fat peaches – but there’s also a tiny mustiness, like that found in the deepest portion of a pile of meadow trimmings.
On the palate, peaches come across strongly, united with soft and almost dairy notes of baked puff pastry. With water, peach turns to apple, still firmly set in a pocket of hot pastry, and there’s also a note of ginger biscuits, though (and this is crucial), not the kind with bits of stem ginger in them.