Nose: neat: well, first comment is that the peat is lesser than what I was expecting. There's peat obviously, iodine, a salty note but its also very buttery and grassy, with a light sweet note as well. There's certainly an alcohol sharpness but it is surprisingly subdued on the nose. with water: pretty much unchanged.
Taste: neat: here is where you really feel the alcohol but still it's well drinkable neat. Profile very much like in the nose, peat, iodine, butter (lots of it), barley, there's some charcoal or burn notes and also some ginger notes. with water: again, like in the nose, water doesn't really change the profile, other than it seems to bring forward a more peppery/ginger note.
Finish: it's medium length. The peat is the longer lasting flavour.
Comments: I ordered this sample in MasterofMalt as I was very curious to try out these "peat monsters". As far as peat goes, you'd be surprised that this doesn't feel more peaty than an Ardbeg Corry, for example. It has a good profile, but I feel that this Octomore range is more a product of marketing than anything else. Still, it's a very good whisky, I just can't overcome the very high price tag for this 5 year old whisky!
MY SCORE: Recommended +