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Bruichladdich Octomore 2nd Edition


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@NamBeistReview by @NamBeist

14th Jul 2017


Bruichladdich Octomore 2nd Edition
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I had the pleasure of drinking a dram of Octomore 2.1 with my buddy last night. This is a whisky that does not need appraisal. You love it or you hate it. It is a TKO anyway.

Nose: Peat. Lots of peat. Smoke. Lots of it. Ashes. Liquorice. A little mint. Just a little.

Palate: Is it aggressive? Yes, it is. Is it smooth ? Yes, it is. Ashes. Iodine. Salmiac. Marzipan. Red fruit. Did I mention ashes ? The ashes are combined with fudge. It is a deluge. Some ristretto coffee

Finish: The finish has nothing to do with eternity. It is huge.. Just a little overwhelming. A tsunami of ashes and fudge.

Do I need to say more? No. About 90 points in my book. Maybe it is still available somewhere. Grab it while you can.

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MadSingleMalt commented


This sounds like more of a monster than some of the later X.1s. Do you know if that's true, @NamBeist ?

I've only ever had the 6.1, which I found to be very good but not that monstrous.

6 years ago 0

NamBeist commented

@MadSingleMalt I bought two bottles of Octomore 2.1 five years ago. When I took my first sips, I got the impression that I had liquid ashes in my mouth. I liked Ardbeg Ten at that time, but Octomore was way too much for my taste buds. It changed my discovery of whisky in another direction : Glenmorangie. So yes, this is quite a beast. Now I have found out Octomore 2.1 is not all about peat and ashes. It has a sweet side too. I live across the ocean, but maybe one of your whisky friends has this peat monster in his cabinet. I have never tasted any other Octomore. I never felt the need before untill now.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

Hewie commented

Wow. What a beast. I just had to google what "salmiac" is - it makes perfect sense now. I don't think I'm ready for this one yet, though.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

@Hewie I had to look it up too. Interesting. I'd love to try the candy too.

6 years ago 0

DutchGaelisch commented

Nice review! Funny to read how our different cultures sometimes pop-up and learn us something new. For me salmiac is a normal taste expression, in the Netherlands we grow op with different kinds of salmiac candy, lolly pops or powder. Maybe that's why I'm fond of the peat whiskies?

I'm looking forward to the new Octomore Masterclass 8.1. It's an 8 yo that should go for € 140,- a bottle.

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