Whisky Review: Octomore 10 Years

Tasting Notes:

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Years

Style: Farmhouse-esque and Complex

Nose:

Dry hints of haystack and creamy milk for the sweetness. Old timber shed tweaking and  some”organic” peat. Who grew up in a farm? Tones are heavy, low, like a solo cello, solemn but calm… Mr. Jim Murray nailed it, cow shed is the best descriptor here.

Palate:

The cow shed theme continues on the palate but with more upbeat vanillin fragrance. Honey notes and some soothing sweet malt marches in with stimulating chilli spices. We have a lighter presentation on the palate, the weight lessens, and dry organic notes wanes. Touches of salt and peat smoke strapped at the back seat.

Finish:

Softens up to release more of the sweet milky notes, with light brushes of brine and oak. Long and Enjoyable.

Thoughts:

Heavy, powerful and complex. The interplay between the peat, smoke, vanilla and smoke was exceptional and created such an unique farmhouse profile. Rarely you have Octomores dialed down to a lower strength to unveil their refined side. Less muscular but with much more flair. I took another sip again and for an instance I thought, perhaps 50% might work even better for them.

☆ [Recommended]

-Esmond