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.
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.
@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.