This time I have an octomore in a glass that was allowed to mature in American oak barrels and Syrah red wine barrels ... that sounds exciting and I am very happy to be able to try this whisky. 208ppm smoke content promise very strong smoke aromas and the alcohol content of 58.5% an enormous power, which I hope can still be enjoyed pure.
In the nose I immediately have strong smoke aromas that combine wonderfully with a fresh fruitiness. Limes and grapefruit provide a sour note, vanilla reminds of a still moist cake batter, apples, apricots and a few red berries for a more present fruitiness than I expected in advance. And this smoke ... that's exactly what I'm looking for at the Octomores! Simply delicate, strong but not overlapping everything, great class! A malty sweetness, dark chocolate and black pepper are very pleasantly integrated, a few floral notes play around the nose ... it is just fun to smell this Octomore. Alcohol is well integrated for 58.5%.
In the mouth the whisky is expected to be strong but at the same time creamy and mouth-filling. The smoke rolls over the palate, together with the great fruitiness and the sour limes and the grapefruit with slightly bitter notes. The thought of ash arises in the mouth, the smoke settles in the entire mouth and a little pepper and salt are added. I hoped that, but unfortunately not found it with every Octomore so far ... great! The malty sweetness fits wonderfully. But back to the smoke, which gives the mouth a little dryness on the second sip. Tannins are noticeable, on the third sip you can also feel a hint of burnt rubber and hints of licorice and licorice.
The finish is long ... the smoke stays in your mouth and doesn't want to leave. Pepper and some ginger are surrounded by smoke, the fruity notes are still discreetly noticeable, but the spiciness and the smoky notes are the bosses in the ring! Leather, rubber, some salt and licorice also stay in the mouth for a very long time, the dark chocolate when smelled has turned into chewed coffee beans in the mouth.
Finally an Octomore, which I really like. The interplay of strong smoke and fresh fruitiness is well done. The acidic notes are a bit too present for me and I would have liked a little more dark fruit. The smoke is a little too dry in the mouth, but it's still a really good whisky.
I get good 89/100 points.