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This sample comes from my lovely girlfriend Pamela Singh, from a bottle she got for Christmas (hmmmm.....wonder who gave it to her?) I think that bottle was opened early January.
As you may know, Octomore is the "super-heavily peated" expression of Bruichladdich, bottled at cask strength. Like everything else that comes from that distillery, it is non-chill-filtered and non-coloured. This one, 07.1, was distilled from Scottish barley (from the mainland, not Islay) and peated to 208 ppm. It is five years old.
The colour is a medium straw (kind of like wet hay). Beautiful peat on the nose, with lemon zest, black liquorice and sea spray - there is an ocean-fresh-air component to this, like standing on an Islay beach, that is pretty amazing (I know that sounds like something they would write on the website, but it's true). Fresh herb garden. Some vanilla. If you like oily fish, you'll love this. Buttered croissants. Even at this high strength, it doesn't need water - but if you add some, you get more minerals and smoke. The citrus fruit and peat wrap around each other perfectly.
On the palate there is a lot more lemon - quite mouth-puckering. Lots of peat smoke, of course, and in extremely intense quantities, but it's delicious. Oily mouthfeel. Nice, crisp sweetness. You get the wood, but only just. It still has some liquorice there, but with a hint of dark chocolate. Oiler with water, which also brings out more lemon. Absolutely stunning.
The long finish is full of brine, minerals and smoke. This is one of the best Octomores I've ever had (though I guess I'd need to taste them side-by-side to really know, since I probably say that every time I taste one). Bright, fresh, peaty and completely delicious.