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Octomore 5 Year Old Edition 4.2 Comus

Big peaty dessert wine

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nReview by @numen

6th Sep 2013

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Nose: Clearly a backdrop of bog-peat. It's sweet and elegant. It doesn't hit quite like some of the harsh and massive peat monsters out there (called monsters for a reason). Some salt, and it turns as well. Fruit is in there, soft grapes, sweet Sauternes (surprise!) neither cloying nor spicy. Lemon zest, musty apricot, and a few small white/light orange stone fruits. Wisps of vanilla and waxiness. (with water) takes it all down a bit and rather more elgant and crystalline, but not crystallized you see.

Palate: Whoa nelly! This is big, rich, and sticky oil. Yet, the alcohol isn't sharp, and it's not too much neat. Honey, big Sauternes, there's the botrytis spice, and then quite a bit of ash and tar. Less coastal and more direct. Maybe a drop or two of water will open it up. (with water) Much the same across the board, but now the peaty characteristics (tar and bog) take up the lead a little more, with flashes of the wine and fruit flitting in and out.

Finish: Big and rich. It doesn't pull any punches. It's a peculiar mix, and it times it's rather disjointed between the different elements, but I do like the peat and I do like the Sauternes influence. It's really a lot of fun, and that's why we're here.

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