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Another rabid beast from the abrasive Octomore family. This one is the Chateu d'Yquem Sauternes cask version that is fruitier, bright, and "soft" for this bestial series.
Color is bright straw, mega nanoscopic legs all over the glass.
Nose is spot on with a mix of rendered pork belly, pineapple/mango, charred forest, seasalt spray.
Taste is slap you around with the abv and peat/iodine. Long, warming finish doesn't become "esophagus on fire" like some other Octomore. It isn't as primeval as its brethren. Soft in the center and rough around the edges. A nice splash of water helps it open up as neat can be a bit abrasive.
Really nice bottle to own if you want something as intense as Octomore but more approachable like Ardbeg. Just pour a little less than normal given the monster abv. Worth seeking out.