Review #146 | /r/Scotch Review #56 – Bruichladdich Octomore 7.4 Virgin Oak
The Schtick: This is the first time Bruichladdich is releasing an x.4 variant. Matured primarily in virgin oak and peated to 167ppm, this should certainly be an interesting adventure. One of 12,000 bottles released I got this for just under $200 in the states.
Bottler: Bruichladdich (Islay)
ABV: 61.2% ABV
Age: 7 Years
Maturation: Virgin Oak
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: First whiff brings a huge blast of custard and vine fruit, I get some odd melon here before the smoke rolls in. It’s thick and rich, the smoke blends well with peat and a nice big BBQ gets started. Lots of vanilla and a strong hint of lemon. Pepper and some burning rubber start to sneak in. It’s wild and all over the place, but it makes for an enjoyable journey.
Taste: Briney with a strong smokey punch. There’s some wood and sawdust with a good char kick. Notice I’m using action words because it really is up and in your face. The vanilla, lemon, pepper and BBQ notes return in full force. All in all, it’s a very busy mouth feel. All over the place.
Finish: Long and intense. It wouldn’t be an octomore if it didn’t last for ages. It’s very smokey and peaty but isn’t too punishing. I get a lot of vanilla and lemon zest on the out turn as well.
Overall: It’s all over the place but it is delicious. Wildly complex, it makes for a good dram when you’re ready for an adventure. I hesitate to say I’d buy it again – it was a lot of money. I’d rather have a PC, Bunna and Tamdhu all for less than the price I paid here for this bottle. All in all though, no regrets. Delicious and absolutely a must try.
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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