Excerpt: The smoke keeps to a minimum, but this Islay slays. The point of Octomore was to experiment and create a dialogue about the craft of making scotch, and the finesse the 09.1 displays is worth a conversation.
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Matured for 5 years in ex-bourbon, this release from Octomore is the 1st in their 9th edition line and is bottled at 59.1% ABV.
Heavy on the charcoal, burning wood, starting a Kingsford grill. Powerful, aggressive, with bold malt undertones. Caramel, a touch of orange peel, some salinity and maritime air.
Rich on the palate, spicy, ash forward, the ethanol is quite a bit more punishing. BBQ ribs, honey, lavender, lemon curd, a touch of oak - light as it might be. Ashy, meaty, citrusy peat is unrelenting.
Long finish, satisfying and punishing once more. There's no escaping the consistent, brash, peatiness of this release but it's somewhat satisfying at the same time.
While the ethanol in this release seems much more dialed up than others, this aggressive pour embodies what peat lovers love from Octomore. It's a quintessential X.1 and it's impossible to discount the power of these bottlings.
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