I just had to have both, and what's more natural than to compare.
These two casks are distilled the same day and have to have been filled from the same spirit run.
Any difference would have to be contributed to the cask, and what a difference a cask make.
To all of you that got this one and skipped the #316658 thinking they are more or less the same, you will never know what you missed out on. (82 vs 89 points in my book)
Loads of cured salty meat.
Sweet maritime peat.
Tar and tobacco. Lots of dark chocolate.
Much "darker" nose than 658 and that can't be just because of the 0,4% higher ABV.
A battle between peat and fruit, and I don't think any of them intend on giving it up.
Arrives fat and oily, immediately peppery.
Salty meat, sweet fruit.
It's hot, but I don't feel the need to add any water, small sips, slow and steady does it.
Nothing wrong with the taste, but it's wavering, like it can't decide whether to be an Octomore or an A'bunadh. This cask would have benefited from a couple of years more to mellow and settle.
I like peat and I like sherry, but when combined I like them to get along. This feels more like a screaming competition.
Long, spicy, warm as the +60% evaporates.
Sweet with remarkably little dryness.
This one wins the price for the smell of the empty glass, as it has a lot of Springbank farmy notes, stable and horse manure. The other one is more sour apple.