This however, in lack of overly extreme, manages to engage and combine the moderate extreme with the pure delightful.
Not for the faint of heart, but I found it plain and simple beautiful.
One of the fruitier Octomore's I have tried.
Don't misunderstand, the usual "in your face" peat is ever present.
But fruit and smoke is so well integrated with each other that it's like it lets you choose which one to focus on.
The wine casks have also left this darker than usual and with a redish hue.
Roasted smoked bacon, maybe blackcurrant, black cherries.
Water binds it even more together, if that is possible. Slightly favours the fruit, and I'm getting smoked meat with a thick layer of rasberry jam.
Is it possible to combine delicate and brutal?
Almost thick syrup on arrival. Roll it around and the mouth is covered in delicate sweetness before the spice is slowly building. Never to an intimidating level, this can be enjoyed neat.
Still, I rearly say this, water makes it even more enjoyable.
This is not a pure smoky brute, and a little water makes it dance in the mouth.
Like a thick, sticky, rich and juicy cherry liquor before notes of coffe and tobacco take over.
Neat the finish is hot and spicy and the dark forces emerge as the winning side.
I'm not sure if water reduces the lenght, but it significantly reduces the spice, and with all the flavours that are there I find the sweet red fruity notes more enjoyable when reduced with a few drops.