Tasting and Review by Daniel & Rex in the Whisk(e)y Vault
Bruichladdich Octomore 8.1 Scottish Barley Masterclass Islay single malt Scotch whisky. 2008 vintage distilled using Scottish barley and peated to 167ppm. Matured in first fill American oak casks.
Character – Refined, confident, a little extra age has tempered some of the vitality but this dram has gained a classic, timeless feel.
Aroma – Initially smoke, tar, peat ash hint of muddiness / wet peat moss. Candied orange, pepper, chocolate, macaroon, vanilla fudge and lemon meringue pie.
Taste – Liquid gold, soft and delicate texture from slow distillation. Superb fruit / smoke combination. On the lips there is soft kiss of salt spray, ozone fresh. Sweet oak gives vanilla, fudge, marzipan and walnut. Melon and citrus come through on a floral breeze. May layers, there is a lot to find in this Octomore.
Finish – Dry peat smoke, iodine and oak sweetness combine. Hints of mint and bog myrtle fade with the lingering peat smoke, as ever, the last flavour to go.
Colour – Winter sun, crisp and bright