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Octomore 5 Year Old Edition 05.1 169ppm

Like sensing the Skyfall

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

8th Apr 2013


Octomore 5 Year Old Edition 05.1 169ppm
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Bruichladdich Octomore 5.1/169 ppm gave me a nice mix of nature and high tech. Because I assimilated the Octomore 'Comus' with 007 Quantum of Solace, why not reference this one with 007 Skyfall. Like Skyfall, the Octomore 5.1 managed to top it's predecessor.

This was very much like the 'Comus' but it had a bit more versatile nose and the taste and finish lingered with a bit more complexity. Smoke could be detected a bit better than in the 'Comus' although it was again a small disappointment compared to the much anticipated peat level. So I'd say that this is a heavy peat but not a heavy smoke whisky.

Bruichladdich Octomore 5.1/169 ppm offered fireworks of peat in a way that only a good chemist can offer. I felt like James Bond tasting the newest gadget by Q. Octomore 5.1 also brought me in the center of nature, weirdly, in the forest. Kinda like taking a trip to Bond's childhood manor house in Skyfall.

Nose: Strongly peaty, yet delicate when compared to the strong ABV and peat level. With a touch of soft smoke, like nosing a bonfire that's been put out moments ago. Very earthly feel with hints of some softwood tree.

Taste: This couldn't be any peatier. Heavy peat and tangerine kind of sweetness with wee smoke. The smoke is very delicate but it has longer impact than 'Comus' had. Delicately spicy and oily.

Finish: Long and lasting, mostly peaty with hints of the sweeter citrus fruits. A bit of smoke but again it's surprisingly delicate.

Balance: In good balance all the way. Keeps it's high peat level attached in every step of the way and offers nice little details on the background.

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