This octomore shimmers gold in the glass and I am curious to see how the smoke content of 208 ppm will behave when smelling and in the mouth.
A smell of maritime smoke is immediately noticeable in the nose. But not nearly as violent as I expected, but rather soft and very well integrated with sweet vanilla aromas and a pleasant fruitiness. The sweet vanilla note turns into caramel and reminds me of Werther's real thing. The fruit accents consist of light fruits such as green apples, light grapes and citrus aromas of limes and lemon peel. The citrus notes are very well interwoven with the other flavors. In some whiskys I have the problem that too dominant citrus aromas disturb me ... this is definitely not the case here. A little pepper is noticeable, the alcohol cools the nose a little, which leaves a very slight impression of mint. A little cocoa with nut chips complements the variety of flavors. But back to the smokiness, which despite the 208 ppm doesn't flatten everything, but embeds the other flavors with maritime notes and not with strong campfire notes. So far, I like the whisky very much.
In the mouth, the Octomore has a strong start, the 59.5% alcohol content pushes properly, nevertheless the pure whisky is better drinkable than expected. I wouldn't have expected the Octomore to be so soft at the alcohol level. The smoke lines the mouth and now has not only a maritime character but also hints of ash and rubber abrasion. The pepper gently tickles the tongue, the spiciness becomes a little stronger and tannins of leather and tobacco are now noticeable. The cocoa has turned into coffee, the oak wood is pleasantly there. Added to this is the fruitiness with citrus flavors. The individual notes are no longer as well interwoven as in the nose. With every sip I have the feeling that the smoke is becoming more and more dominant, the harsher influences gain strength.
The finish is long with maritime notes, a pleasant saltiness, some ash, a hint of rubber, tobacco and leather. These tart tastes are complemented by pepper, subtle sweetness and citrus. The dry notes are a bit too dominant for me, a suitable accompaniment is missing. But it's always great how long the peat smoke flavors stay in your mouth.
In summary, I have to say that I really liked the Octomore 7.1. The smoke content in the nose is not as strong as in the mouth, which can no longer get rid of maritime peat smoke. The alcohol is really great, incredible how soft a scarce 60% alcohol content in the mouth can be.
I give it 88/100 points.