Branded as the world's most heavily peated whisky, Octomore is not for the faint of heart. Edition 07.1 combines 208 ppm, 59.5% ABV and 5 years of cask maturation in American oak. Mineral, fresh and less peated than expected, the nose unfolds with lemons, anise and fatty bacon. With a fiery blast of peat, the taste explodes on your palate: pepper, ash and spices mask hints of sweetness, lime and mint. Intense, briny and slightly bitter, the finish hangs around for hours. The rawness and pure energy of this spirit is outstanding, but so is the price tag.
Well, the next Octomo, the next ppm records, though, IMHO, after 80-100 ppm the difference is already insignificant; Well, okay - the party said - It is necessary! The Komsomol answered - Yes !, you need to support sales. And in general, again, the sweet and soft smoke-peat monster of the barrel fortress - amateurs will appreciate, non-lovers will save money.
Warm, open, smoked, rubber, dry peat, coals fire, very dry.
The smoke in the nose is very present, but not as strong as expected by the ppm indication. At least it is not enough to hide the rotten fruit notes that are so typical of young Bruichladdich. In the mouth, the whisky is more harmonious, the fruit notes recede, the finish is soft, pleasant and long. The whisky is delicious, but nothing more. Except for the 4.2. The Octomore remain overrated whiskys for me.
Octomore 7.1. At The Grill, Aberdeen, paired with a terrible beer, July 2018. Short review with friends. Huge peat obviously, alcohol and salt. Salty, alcoholic and dense. Brutal in a good way (which is sort of how you can describe every Octomore experience). 3.4/81
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