On the nose: Red Licorice, sweet, spicy – chinese five spice, garlic(?) and charred wood. Water makes it creamier on the nose with more nuttyness, honey and caramel. Really a good and interesting nose this..
On the palate: Ashy and malty. Lightly spiced with a pleasant amount of oak. Quite dry. Water brings out some salt, but it drowns easily with only a few drops of water. The finish has dark roasted coffee beans, dark orange chocolate, corn flakes and and candied almonds.
Interesting and very decent whisky, in my opinion. Classic Japanese, I guess you can say. I would love a bottle of this stuff in my cupboard. That being said, I would never pay £180 for it..