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This Octormore is the first to be bottled in the transparent, fumed bottle instead of the typical black one. It was named Comus, is five years old and got a finish on Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes casks, the sweet dessert wine. That makes it a little less pale than the former 04.1.
Compared to the Ochdamh-mor, this one is a sissy. A bit of smoke and a bit of peat (while the level of ppm is again 167), but mostly fresh on apricots and sultanas. Quite some freshly mowed grass and even some warm apple pie. Smoldering hearth.
It is oily and mouth coating on the palate, but not a kick in the teeth. Very sweet from the Sauternes. Sultanas, apricots, citrus zest and even some peaches from a can. The typical Octomore traits surface midpalate with a hefty helping of peat and some oyster juice. Adding water makes is more accessible (doh!), if not better.
The finish is long, smoky and sweet.
Wine finishes are often hit and miss, but this one is bull’s eye! Between 120 and 150 EUR. Very good, but also very expensive.