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Octomore 5 Year Old Edition 06.1 Scottish Barley


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@cynterReview by @cynter

23rd Oct 2013


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Well.... Having tried a couple of the expressions of Octomore in the past at a rather nice whisky bar, I finally took the plunge and bought my. Own bottle. I bought the latest release, the 6.1. This is peated to 167 ppm, and comes in the most exquisitely designed packaging.

Right. Let's cut to the chase.

I was expecting aggressive Bonfire smoke and deep, meaty peat. What I had forgotten, however was the wonderful lightness and delicacy which also comes across.

Nose Malt, leather, perhaps some jeyes fluid, and a little medicinal... Something sweet also, maybe a little melon. Floating above all of this is almost a slight cheese aroma, and then of course the peat smoke... Not the uppercut to the face you would expect. But it's definitely there.

Palate This stuff just fills the mouth. Fills every crevice. Almost creamy, thick. A real joy to tease across your tongue. This time smoky, peaty, bonfire. Not as aggressive again as you may expect, but wow. Its definitely powerful. Aside from that though, it's deceptively delicate. There are some really light, almost floral notes. Maybe a little fruit too. Hard to describe. The peat is definitely the overwhelming flavour. My palate may not be developed enough to identify the other flavours. A real joy tho. Absolutely incredible. We've just had a thunderstorm here.... And I can tell you, the experience of relaxing with this whisky, watching the downpour, and the lightning... Amazing.

Finish. Long. What do you expect? Tongue coated with wave after wave of peat. Lovely.




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WhiskyBee commented

@cynter -- Your review helped me decide that my next premium purchase will be an Octomore, which I've been wanting to try for some time. I have no problem with peat so overwhelming that other flavors are a challenge to distinguish. Very nice review--even if I had to look up Jeyes Fluid!

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systemdown commented

Good to see the Octomore's still going strong. Thanks for the review @cynter!

6 years ago 0

cynter commented

Glad you guys enjoyed it. I'm planning on a few more reviews once I find the time.

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