Octomore 2008 - 10 Years Old: so many flavours coming and going that it's hard to keep up.
The Octomore 2008 10-Year-Old is a limited edition (12,000 bottles), heavily peated (167ppm) single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery in Islay. It was distilled in 2008 from 100% Scottish grown Optic barley, harvested in 2007. This expression is matured in first fill Port pipes, first fill Cognac casks, second fill Bourbon casks and Virgin Oak casks. It's non-chill filtered and contains no artificial colouring. It's bottled at a mighty 56.8% ABV. The average price for this should be around $180 and you can expect that number to go up as the number of bottles decrease.
On the nose: intense, smoky and complex. You'll obviously get a big burst of smoke, but behind it there's vanilla, chocolate, tobacco and leather. Some apple and berry notes are apparent also.
On the palate: warming, spicy – mulled wine. Leather and tobacco, malt sugar, icing sugar. All wrapped in earthy peaty smoke. Dry on the palate.
Finish: Oak driven, coconut, tobacco, vanilla, then smoke. In balance the time in the cask has calmed the smoke, both through the phenols lowering naturally over time and the influence of the oak becoming greater.
Overall: an incredibly complex single malt; there are so many flavours coming and going that it's hard to keep up. We loved it and highly recommend it.