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Octomore 5 Year Old Edition 06.1 Scottish Barley

Sumo in a tuxedo

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@ozmaltReview by @ozmalt

7th Jan 2014

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I've read lots of great reviews on Octomore and now that I have one in captivity must report that you are all...absolutely right. As if the bottle isn't exciting enough. It's a work of art and feels very special.

I expected to be over powered with smoke and have my taste buds overwhelmed with the golden spirit but was amazed by what is really a gentle, but sophisticated, giant of a malt. The smoke is subtle but very definite but not in a Laphroaig way.

The nose is Smokey caramel and toasted almonds in sticky toffee. There is a tang of new patent leather shoes and then it dissolves to over ripe mandarins and plums. I made notes during several 'visits' over a few days and found the nose just became richer and warmer each time. It's so complex I could almost carve the various elements and enjoy them individually.

The palate was the big surprise. It's big up front and very rich with warm leather and beautiful smoke. I imagined burnt salty driftwood. It fills the mouth with flavour and it's like the sensation from sherbet or the space food you buy at Woollies when you're a kid. A sudden intense burst that slowly dissolves to an unexpected sweetness. Spicy lemon butter, currants and poached strawberries in Cointreau.

The next day....I could still taste a little smoke and it was a pleasant reminder of this absolutely stunning Whisky. The bottle was sent down under from the UK and arrived 3 days after the order was placed - eWhisky!

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4 comments

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

I love the "Sumo in a tuxedo" tagline.

5 years ago 0

Anxyous commented

She's a beaut!

5 years ago 0

@ozmalt
ozmalt commented

Thanks @OIJas. Initially I thought of "gentle giant" but it didn't really capture the power, intensity and pedigree.

And yes @Anxyous, she is a beaut and irresistible even next to the Laphroiags for now. Great review on Supernova and first time I've seen 'moxy' used to describe malt. So - he's a beaut?

5 years ago 0

Anxyous commented

A rugged beaut, I might say. More chili and explosives under the hood than the Octomore. And thanks for the kind words!

5 years ago 0

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