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Octomore 167 'The Beast'

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Octomore 167 'The Beast'

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Octomore 5 yo 04.1 (62,5%, OB 2010, 167 ppm, 15.000 btl.)

Nose: the new one is hotter and sharper than the first release. I wouldn’t say it seems peatier, on the contrary, the sharpness blocks some aromas and brings out a more biscuity side. It even seems younger (with more apple peel and synthetic sweetness). No ashtray blast, no garage smells. Some almonds, soft vanilla and herbal notes instead (heather, juniper). Rounder, more citrusy, more aromatic, but less smoky and peaty (yes, that may sound contradictory).

Mouth: very clean, oily and intense. It feels like it has an anaesthetic effect? Tarry and grassy with a peppery hotness, but again a less mind-boggling intensity than Octomore 1.1. Heather notes again with herbal tea. Faint anti-septic notes. More plain smoke now, still accompanied by a slightly artificial fruitiness.

Finish: medium long, with a veil of smoke and the lingering candied notes.

I wouldn’t have guessed this is the peatiest dram around. Not sure why, but the first release seems smokier and peatier, on the nose as well as in the mouth. Even though it’s not a bad dram, shouldn’t we conclude the new one is less impressively experimental and less true to the concept?


It actually fizzed and tried to push the cork out, like it was trying to escape, neat,......dont try to sniff it, its like putting your head in the vat after they've added the yeast, taste, its warm, not feels warm, its actually warm, like its slightly radioactive, TCP, burnt rubber, has a vague cleansing aftertaste, like rinsing your mouth out at the dentist,, im not very poetic, but try soaking a peat brick in metholated spirits and having a suck, and your somewhere near, adding water/ice emeliorates the affect slightly, but only enough to make you want another.

Pretty much, first it rips out your nose, then your throat, afraid i'm not much of a connoussuer, i'm far to practictal, i just know what i like, everythings objective, my wife bought me some Laddie 'Rocks' for christmas, wouldnt clean the sink with it, but its my friends favourite, go figure.

25/25 is a very high score, is the dram really so balanced?

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