Review #619. Bruichladdich Octomore Orpheus

Review #619 | /r/Scotch Review #208 – Bruichladdich Octomore 2.2 Orpheus

The Schtick: “Not only is Bruichladdich Octomore the world’s most heavily peated whisky, at 140 ppm, this astonishingly complex whisky has also been finished (or ACEd (Additional Cask Enhancement) in Bruichladdich-speak) in barrels from Château Pétrus, one of the world’s top Bordeaux vineyards.” – The Whiskey Exchange

Bruichladdich would call maturation ACEd. I would love to see the collection of other TLA’s that they use during production.


Distiller: Bruichladdich

Bottler: Bruichladdich

ABV: 61% ABV

Age: 5 Years

Source: Sample


Nose: Big vanilla, syrupy stewed fruits. Bright wine notes, vibrant raspberry and strawberry notes. Then the smoke shows up to the party. Smokey, ashy, BBQ forward smoke boasting some brine and pepper also.

Taste: Thick, oily, rich. The viscosity is impressive. The heat is there – but so is the ABV. The vanilla leads the pack, quickly followed by punishing smoke and brine. Earthy minearility, rich smoke and faint meaty bbq. Red berries linger, then the stewed fruity and juicy wine notes come in.

Finish: Long, hot, ashy, smoky, earthy. The berries blend nicely. It’s like a rich dark chocolate covered cherry, that’s smoked big time.

Overall: I’d like a time machine, because I’d like a whole lot more of this, minus the mortgage I would need now to get it.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8

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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


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