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Bruichladdich Octomore 2nd Edition

The hairiest-chested Laddy to date?

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@GreyAreaUKReview by @GreyAreaUK

14th Aug 2009


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Octomore is Bruichladdich's stonkingly-peated monster dram. A normal 'heavily peated' whisky comes in at around 40ppm (parts per million). Octomer 2nd Ed comes in at 140ppm. And my goodness but you can tell.

For anyone who has sampled one of the PC range (PC5, 6, 7 or 8) it's got a very similar character - thick, heavy, very seaweedy/iodine-y. If a normal Laddy is coastal in nature, this is coastal but downwind from an busy harbor. This is definitely a 'love it or hate it' whisky. Even though it's a whopping 62.5% (and only 5 years old) I found it was actually best sampled neat, or with the merest hint of water.

However, having compared it to Ardbeg's Supernova (their similarly heavily peated cask strength dram (no actual ppm mentioned, but over 100)) I found I preferred the Supernova. Taken without water, Supernova is dormant, almost dull. Adding a small amount wakes it up like no other whisky I've tried - it practically sparkles.

Both are cask strength peat monsters, and both are very, very good indeed.

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Stephen commented

i had the PC8 a recent bruichladdich tasting and loved that so i'm thinking this should be on my wishlist. we were assured that this was the most heavily peated whisky available so i guess the supernova is a little less. apparently future bottlings of this whisky are going to get peatier and peatier each time!

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