First encounter with Octomore and I expect something approaching the high-ester jamaican rums.
N : mix of charcoal smoke and turpentine, a touch iodine and vanilla. Maybe a little herbs too (seaweed ?). It's a nice multifaceted peat and not that aggressive, but it's all about peat. After half and hour it opens differently, sweetness gets more prominent : cereals and sugary biscuits but also a cold chlorophyllic presence I never experienced in any other whisky. I might be losing it, after ten more minutes I start smelling something close to pesto.
M : back on some more regular tracks with black pepper, coastal smoke and expected vanilla sweetness. I'm not sure how to explain this; but it's at the same time mouthcoating and drying. I'll add touch of oak bitterness to the list.
F : neverending (seriously) iodine smoke with the chlorophyll come-back.
That was some nosing. And I didn't specify but at 62.9% the alcohol is incredibly smoothed out. 8/10
Came back to it five months later and my notes are still very relevant. I'm adding : juniperus and black radish on the nose, still schizophrenic texture-wise in mouth with a touch of barbecued pork ribs. That chlorophyll in the finish again ! Definitely buying a bottle.