Review #171 | /r/Scotch Review #70 – Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3
The Schtick: Octomore Release 7.3 is 100% all Islay made – distilled from grains harvested at the Octomore farm on Lorgba. Gesundheit. It is peated, pre-distillation, to 169PPM and then aged in ex-bourbon and spanish wine casks. Bruichladdich tells us that these are Ribera Del Duero wine casks. I only know what some of those words mean.
ABV: 58.7% ABV
Age: 7 Years
Nose: Massive peat and pepper. Salty, briney lemons and vanilla pound cake. Yep it’s an Octo, here we go! The BBQ sets in with some sweet savory meaty notes and then a hint of fudge. A bit more lemon, zesty this time and then that Octomore pepper swings back for one more punishing blow.
Taste: Ethanol, lemon and salt. Sounds like a cocktail. There’s some hay and veggie notes with the pepper and the smoke. Lots of dough and vanilla. Creamy and sweet with some tart to accompany. I imagine this tastes like
Finish: Long and creamy. A bit of heat, but at 126proof, I’m not bothered. Custard, smoke and more BBQ. It lumbers away with one last hit of zesty lemon and pepper.
Overall: I want to not like Octomore. It’s young and it is expensive. But boy is it good. It’s powerful. Punishing. Offensive. And I love it. To me, it is every bit as good as its older brothers – the PC 11 and PC12. For this reason, it also scores an 8.
I promise I”m not stuck in a groove, like a broken record. I’ve done PC11, PC12 and Octo 7.3 back to back in consecutive nights and boy what a week that has made. This review ends my exclusive affair with peat for a brief while, but like always, I know I’ll be back. Thanks for reading.
Thanks for reading!
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