Last up, an Octomore favourite. It’s incredible to think this bottle cost me just £75 back in the day though the hype and subsequent price surge [£250+] peaked and cooled in the intervening years. Just to be clear, this youthful spirit has been aged in Ex-eau-de-vie Limousin oak casks, and not – as I’ve wrongly mentioned in the past – Limonsin ex-cognac casks.
N: If I were to start a distillery, I might head towards this uber-oily farmy vegetal style with layered oaky phenolic lemon juice and a drop or two of apple cider > onion vinegar. Being spirit-faithful and aged to retain youthfulness and a full-bodied weighty fattiness, we find ourselves in a mature genever/mezcal-tequila territory.
T: With an equally focused savoury and sweet coupling, we’ve a very salty farmy phenolic and bitter /sour lemon/lime shandy, the previous [eau de vie] cask contents seemingly promoting the [allium-y] cowpats with further leanings towards tequila > mezcal. Perhaps that’s why I love this so whilst others not so much. Perhaps a curveball for a blind tequila line-up?
F: With a further eau de vie injection, we finish with a now relaxed new make-y finish, [white] grape/wine-like, the oily viscosity continuing to envelop over the palate.
C: To love this one is to appreciate raw spirit regardless of grain/cane/vine [or cask] origin, not an unreasonable challenge for someone with dedication to the pursuit of flavour & taste, to quality over quantity. This will, however, remain a weird/left-field whisky for those who tend to stick to particular single malt [Scotch] styles.