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Octomore 07.4 Virgin Oak Tasting notes and reviews

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Octomore 07.4 Virgin Oak

Brand
Octomore
Expression
07.4 Virgin Oak
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
61.20%
Produced at
Bruichladdich Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.bruichladdich.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

91
Nose
Gritty oak and primal, botanical, medicinal herbs, iodine, camphor, barebcue smoke, charred oak and rubber. The peat is compressed and sooty. The treacle balances.
Palate
Balanced with smoky oak and sooty peat. Herbal with astringent peat. Again, the treacle sweetness balances. Charred oak, barbecue meat and tar.
Finish
Long, with a wonderful salt encrusted finish.
Comment
Water makes it sweeter and smokier, but just like the George T Stagg, it has to be experienced as nature intended – neat!

Joel Harrison

88
Nose
A big and powerful smoky whisky which shouts at you from the glass. Deep colour and rich aroma, this is Islay (in winter) in a glass. Rich notes mix well with the smoke.
Palate
Again, the smoke is first up (earthy smoke, not medicinal) and it is followed by rich notes of strawberry and balsamic vinegar. Powerful but, with water, well balanced.
Finish
Long and smoky, the oak also carries this through to a good conclusion.
Comment
An unmistakable Islay whisky, probably not too old, but worth a look at.
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