Bruichladdich Octomore 12.1 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Definitely one of the more limited allocations of Octomore on record, 12.1 comes peated at a mammoth 130.8 PPM. As always, the feature here is unadulterated and heavy smoke balanced against Bruichladdich's vivacious, fruity and floral distillate. Matured for five years in x Bourbon casks before being bottled up at a hefty 59.9% ABV, style wise, it's said to draw comparison with more elegant editions, being powerful yet delicate. Non chill filtered.
Notes from the producers... CHARACTER – Vibrant, punchy and lively initially and then opens up to reveal layers of complexity, instilled through slow distillation, careful maturation and cask selection. A dram that rewards those who seek to discover the mysterious, enigmatic whisky that is Octomore. AROMA – Opens on zesty citrus freshness and earthy peat smoke. Vanilla sponge cake and barley sugars with rich malt sweetness. Coconut and chocolate, vanilla and caramel follow and as the aromas open further cinder toffee and layers of Peat smoke and honey come to the fore. TASTE – Peppery and sweet on the palate, with a texture of warm golden syrup. Honey and peat smoke then fired oak chips and peaty apricot jam open. Another sip brings malted barley sugars and straw, heather flower and a nutty nougat sweetness. A mineral sandy note sits on the palate and brings through a dry phenolic earthy smoke and hints of orange zest and pear drops. FINISH – The finish brings salted caramel with floral and herbal notes. Honeysuckle, primrose and then gentle peat smoke, as ever, the note that drifts on the longest.