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Octomore 06.3_Islay_Barley Tasting notes and reviews

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Octomore 06.3_Islay_Barley

Brand
Octomore
Expression
06.3_Islay_Barley
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
5 years old
Abv
64.00%
Vintage
2009
Produced at
Bruichladdich Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.bruichladdich.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

91
Nose
Thick and weighty aromas of ‘beery' malt, coffee, dark chocolate, boiled sweets and rye-like herbal notes. Tarry, oily, fishy and viscous. Water makes it younger and more herbal.
Palate
Intense, alcoholic and malty with beef extract, herbs, tar and thick slabs of primal, oozing, oily peat! Water brings out a barley sweetness and earthy, straw-like grappa notes.
Finish
Eye wateringly alcoholic! The malt, sooty peat and coastal oils stick to the mouth taking minutes to dissipate!
Comment
If George T. Stagg was peated then it would probably be like this.

Joel Harrison

79
Nose
This needs a touch of water to open it up, giving a huge hit of smoke, some oak and freshly cut pine, but not much else.
Palate
It's hard to get beyond the massive whack of peat smoke in the whisky, which masks the subtle back palate of pulled pork and coffee.
Finish
Did I mention peat smoke?
Comment
Like an aeroplane trying to land in this heavy fog at Islay airport, it's hard to bring this one into land because of the thick fog of peat smoke. Shows that smoke should be an ingredient, not the main ingredient.
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