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Nose (neat): overwhelmed at first, can't smell past the alcohol. After some air, ripe red cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, sugared lemon, wood, a hint of smoke, very pleasant.
Taste (neat): sweet at first, becoming sour and then tart with burnt wood, disappears into bitter dark chocolate and burnt leather.
Nose (water): somewhat subdued, less fruit, more soft leather and oak.
Taste (water): considerably thinner and less harsh with half a dozen drops. No fruit, just a hint of wood in the background. Comfortably bitter, like coffee beans.
I suspect that pairing this with a cigar or hookah would mask the "dirtier" burnt aspect of the malt, leaving only hints of the more pleasant flavors.