My first time tasting Octomore which is said to be the most heavily peated whisky in the world, it’s made by Bruichladdich and is named after a farm near the distillery, this expression is 167 ppm, natural colour, non chill-filtered, cask strength, travel retail, matured in Limousin oak (cognac casks) and said to be 5 years old, Bruichladdich is owned by Remy Cointreau.
Colour: amber +2.
Nose: intense, concentrated, iodine, phenols, peat smoke, coastal notes, something vegetal, jalapeno peppers, the cask influence is obvious with fruit sweetness, honey, sultanas, raisins, the peat is actually not that apparent, it is obviously peated but I’d say that Laphroaig actually seems peatier, adding water makes it sweeter and brings out strawberries and almonds, really enjoying this nose.
Taste: it’s a dense, big whisky, oily mouthfeel, again the peat smoke is obvious but it’s on the background, fruit sweetness, marmalade, vanilla, sultanas, raisins, honey, pepper, much more smoke now, phenols, pure coal, antiseptic.
Finish: long, dry smoke, some cereals, almonds, wood bitterness.
Comments: when I read it’s the peatiest whisky in the world and thought about the ppm count then I guess I was expecting something extreme, it’s not, it’s just a beautiful whisky, the peat is more obvious in Laphroaig for example for me personally, the cask influence is strong but it works well, and it needs water, talking about this not being very peated I got a reality check by tasting Caol Ila 12 after this (I might have confused it with a pear lemonade 🙂 about 86 points.