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.
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.