This is another classic Octomore, and again the peating level rises, now to 169 PPM. But at this degree of peating it’s not about ultimate strength, it’s about achieving the exceptional balance between the brooding power of this incredibly peated barley and the finesse and poise of one of the world’s most elegant and sophisticated spirits – about craft, not ultimate strength. The world’s peatiest whisky just got peatier. This fifth annual release is peated to an extraordinary 169ppm.
Nose – Blazing peat fires, mellowing oak and fruit. The peat smoke smouldering, the sea mists swirling, the heathland hedonistic; welcome to the aromatic world of the hand-made, heavily peated, slow distilled, maritime matured single malt.
Palate – The texture of the spirit is endless, super smooth, the initial palate presence is one of juniper oil, peat smoked barley, salted biscuits, light iodine, crushed cinnamon, then on the second phase the citrus flavours of grapefruit, tangerine, honeyed lemon together with the sweetness of pear & pineapple add a whole new dimension to the complexity of the spirit. The fruits balance the marine notes; the oaky nutty ginger flavours combat the peat and the citrus helps cool the heat of the fire. Perfect balance.
Finish – The heat from the peat embers will warm the soul into the wee small hours.