Bruichladdich Octomore 5 yo Single Malt Edition 03:1 ppm:152 59%
Intense vanilla, medicinal, seaweed and despite the phenols the biscuity cereal notes of the barley are evident, then over ripe bananas.
The tip of the tongue immediately detects the vanillas, then cigarette ash with aloe bitterness on the finish and hot salty tar lingering.
Water accentuates the honey and brings out a Port Ellen-style new paint note reflected on the palate, softening the bitter phenols and allowing more of the sweet grilled smoke through.
A little too one dimensional for me. 91
Bruichladdich Octomore 5yo Single Malt Orpheus Edition 02:2 ppm:140 61%
Sweetly vinous and smoke laden, tarry ropes, hot wellies, butterscotch and over ripe plum.
Deliciously sweet initially then a powerpunch of hot chilli and peppery spice, warm rubber with a touch of anise on the finish. 93
Bruichladdich Octomore 5yo Single Malt Edition 02:1 ppm:140 62.5%
TCP, vanilla, salty seaweed, tar, oil rag and new paint.
Chewing this dram for a few seconds, before swallowing, releases vanilla then a fizzy concoction of tar, burning peat embers and smoked seaweed.
Water dampens the phenols but accentuates the sweetest vanillas with a long finish of sweetly smoking rubber. 95
Bruichladdich Octomore 5yo Single Malt Edition 04:1 ppm:167 62.5%
Over ripe bananas, salt 'n vanilla seaweed, a touch of burnt rubber, hot tar in a heatwave.
Woah!! So much more vanilla on the palate in this grumbling, growling infant...THIS is what I have been looking for in an Octomore....enough intense sweetness to counteract and balance the heavy medicinal phenols that follow and the peppery sweet chilli on the finish.