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Lots already said about Octomore so I'll keep it brief. I think this is the year where they kind of settled the formula bit.
156PPM this is all ex-bourbon cask. Matured five years in ex-American whiskey casks (5yrs), full term in Jim Beam (51%), Jack Daniels (26%), Clermont (15%), Old Grand-Dad (8%)
Nose: Oily, paraffin, chalky, sweet barley, smoked pork. loads of lemons, both cooked and older overripe, wild oregano, fisherman's friends lozenges. earthy, wet ash. I am getting a bit of split milk/corn grist. (one man's baby-sick is another's curdled milk)
Palate: Sweet, oily barley, thick, the smoke is light, still have some of that herbal/slight anise like feel, astringent, this one is very grain heavy in the middle note.
Finish: Zippy and tongue tingling, a bit of BBQ meat, fudge and slightly cardboard on the end.
**Blab:* Good but ultimately not the strongest .1 version Octomore I've had, a return to form for those who didn't like 8.1's smoother vibe ( I personally loved the 8.1). I also found this bottle did not benefit from time open. the last third suffered. One to crack open with friends around the fire, throw the cork away and prepare plenty of water for the next day's hangover.