Review: Bruichladdich “Octomore”February 25th, 2009
This is the new super-peated (131ppm phenol barley) Bruichladdich. “Super-peated” seems almost like an understatement. Ultra-peated, perhaps?
Bruichladdich “Octomore,” (Edition 01.1), 5 years old, 63.5%, $185
Intense smoke on the nose and palate, with notes of freshly tarred road, cigar smoke and ash, licorice root, bacon fat, kalamata olive and smoked seaweed. Struggling to emerge is youthful orchard fruit, honeyed malt, brine and soft vanilla. Long, smoky finish—like licking the walls of a peat-infused kiln. A very invigorating whisky. It’s a few years younger than the other ultra-peated whisky, Ardbeg Supernova. I think if they were both the same age, I would like them equally (And score them equally—I gave Supernova an 89). But the Octomore does taste a little green (it is only 5 years old after all), which was not noticeable in the Supernova. I think Octomore will be very good in another 5, and amazing in another 10. Let’s hope the lads at Bruichladdich are holding some stocks back.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82