Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay has three different ranges of whiskies; the unpeated Bruichladdich, the heavily peated Port Charlotte and the super heavily peated Octomore.
For Octomore 07.1 they used barley harvested from mainland Scotland. The barley was peated to 208 ppm (parts per million phenol). The whisky was matured for five years in American oak and bottled at 59,5 ABV.
Vanilla and smoke on the nose. A hint of licorice and something metallic. Quite fresh and green. I get lots of different herbs – eucalyptus, mint and basil. I could nose this for a long time. It is complex. After a while I get ginger, green apples and motor oil. Peat, salt and vanilla on the palate. It is quite rough! It is peppery. Nut shells, butter and light caramel. The finish is dry and nutty. Vanilla here as well. Black pepper and a bit metallic in the end.
My score: nose 22 / taste 22 / finish 22 / balance 23 = 89
Too bad this was the last drop of the bottle!
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