Octomore Islay Barley 2009, 64%

Price: $239 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

An interesting nose that's somewhat akin to a peach cheesecake with slightly burnt pastry, or a heavily caramelized crème brûlée. Overt smoke is in check when neat. In the mouth, however, it comes through massively, mossy and oily and sitting on top of those fat fruits and sweet malt. Thicker and more farmyard-like than Port Charlotte. Great potential, with a sweetness that shows it's pretty much there.£150