Review #130 | /r/Scotch Review #53 – Bruichladdich Octomore 7.2
The Schtick: Aged 5 years in a combination of American Oak and Syrah casks. Peated to 208ppm. I don’t particularly agree with their method of labeling peat intensity by the ppm, but it’s an interesting number they choose to include and I won’t poo-poo more information rather than less.
ABV: 66.7% ABV
Age: 5 Years
Maturation: Oak | Syrah
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Nose: Lemon zest, meringue pie. There’s moss, brine and then a massive wall of peat smoke. More brine storms in, followed by a bit more fruits and bbq notes. Lemons, pears, apricot and some really pleasant apple all balance with some icing notes to complement the smoke and brine.
Taste: Salty and fruity. I love the balance of sweet and savory, it’s like a BBQ turned up to 11 steeped in lemon-apple sauce. There’s a nice, solid side of icing sweetness. It’s very rich and complex which surprised me for a young whiskey, but it is delicious. Everything is balanced very well without trivializing a specific note.
Finish: Long, fruity and peaty. It’s hot, but not punishing, and carries on with lemon and brine for quite a while. Frankly, I know Octo is known for huge peat but this is one of the best balances of peat and other savory flavors. Very well done.
Overall: Octo delivers. I think they’re a bit overpriced but I don’t regret buying the 7.4 I got, and for what this bottle goes for, I doubt I would regret this either. Every note is huge and in your face without being overwhelming and it’s a very well done blend of peat, smoke, brine and sweet fruits and desserts. Absolutely delicious.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect