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Bruichladdich Octomore 10.1

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    5 Years

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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Touches of seashells, sweet barley, a whiff of lime, as well as cloves and chili pepper. A proper, naked Octomore that is so much more than just a peat bomb.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Peated Perfection
  • Excerpt: This is a must-try for any Islay lover, as with all Octomore in my book. And if you're just settling in to higher strength peated whiskies and are looking to level up, 10.1 will certainly scratch that itch!
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Malt Reviewer
  • Excerpt: The oiliness – industrial, dirty rather than ashy peat – is pleasing indeed. Smoked kippers in traces, with toffee, maple syrup; mossy, earthy, and really all rather well balanced.
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  • Intro:

    "Distilled from Scottish barley in 2013, Octomore 10.1 is the benchmark of the 10s series. Deliberately stripped back to an ex- American oak maturation, aged just 5 years old, the .1 edition exposes the structure and presence of the Octomore spirit. Combining smoke with a modest maturation, this 10.1 first and foremost demonstrates the true potential of a considered, patient distillation." - per Bruichladdich. This 5 year should be a beast given how little time the oak will have had to tame the peat. Let's give it a go!

  • Nose:

    Bold, brash peat. BBQ ribs, slate and crushed stone. Honey, a touch of lemon curd. Celery salt, acrid iodine, a touch of pepper.

  • Taste:

    Medium viscosity on the palate. Honey, ash, burning wood, bbq smoke and celery salt once more. Vegetal, mineral driven. It's a touch hot, but with a high proof, it's not surprising. Overall, this release leans directly into the malt and peat, and it's a sweet ride for doing so.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, cleaner then you might expect from the palate and nose. Pure malt, lemon curd, a touch of ash and then it's cleanly off.

  • Overall:

    Metamorphosis is about the best way to describe this particular chapter in the Octomore encyclopedia. From a ragged, rough, brash and assaulting nose, to a supple, rich and complex palate to a clean, pure finish, this is a hell of a ride.

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