Review #171. Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3

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.

Distiller: Bruichladdich

Bottler: Bruichladdich

ABV: 58.7% ABV

Age: 7 Years

Source: Sample

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!

Rank: 8


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

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