'A Journey Dram'
N: Cow pats, farmyards, marshmallows on toast [lightly toasted], saline freshness, yeast, seaweed, nettles, a touch of chlorine, barbecue sauce, L&P Wocestershire sauce mixed with tinned tomatoes. uncooked bacon, brine, onion rings, vinegar, herb [wild] garlic bread and strawberries. Its fascinating to compare the nose of this to the Ardbeg 10 but I wont spoil the surprise.
[FOR MY INFORMATION: bizarrely the Ten tastes like a child in a sweet shop, giving the Octomore the appearance of a more mature and certainly more substantial dram which is funny as the Octomore is half the age].
T: Intense but fragile young sweet malty peat arrival with some wine fruit cordial, honey and full of spicy condiments, like an extraordinary BBQ marinade sauce for your grilled meats. Oily/brine like quality with Worcestershire sauce, peat, anise, fennel and some fine spiced pepper on the front and sides of the palate.
F: Everything builds, lingers and dissipates. Some nuttiness coming through - brazil nuts, and pumpkin seeds. Theres more here besides. Smoke that permeates under the skin or inside the lining of clothes after a yard bonfire but its fruity, its…. complex. Herbal dung lingers too. What a journey dram.
C: Every sip was different, challenging, engaging and enjoyable. Finesse and refined it is not, this is brute force delivery with evolving and pleasurable results.
Scores an A