"A truly beguiling nose. An incredibly intense vanilla fills the nose. Very sweet and light. Mild honey. The typical octomore smoke is wonderfully integrated, no acidity is penetrating. The sweetness is dominant, not the smoke. One comes with a lot of time added a subtle cheesy note that I so often get at this distillery.
Water: The smoke goes a little further into the background. Despite the still very high alcohol content, I would definitely describe the whisky as creamy. I perceive Physalis now. "
"The sweetness rules here too. A tingle forms, I taste honey toast. Some smoke forms in the sides of the mouth. After swallowing, the smoke spreads out a little and coats the tongue without displacing the sweetness.
Water: Some oak flashes here, charred and dry. The smoke gets stronger, especially in the aftertaste. Interesting, as the nose has developed in a creamier and even fresher direction."
Very long and complex. The freshness and sweetness remain, as does the smoke. Fascinating how all three can coexist side by side without crowding out. Not many whiskys manage to walk this tightrope.