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Bruichladdich Octomore 07.1 5 Year Old

(70cl, 59.5%)

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.1 5 Year Old

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Octomore 07.1 Bottling Note

Peat fans, hold on to your hats, as here comes another Octomore from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay! The Octomore 07.1 is a 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been peated to 208 PPM and bottled at 59.5% ABV. The Octomore expressions are always a treat and this one is as complex and intense as ever, while still maintaining a sense of poise and elegance. Oh, and peat. Plenty of yummy, smoky peat.

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Bruichladdich Octomore 07.1 5 Year Old Reviews


Phenomenal malt, definitely better then then the 6.1. Spicy, salty, lots of caramel and fruit, butterscotch and lots and lots of peat

17th September 2017

Mally Graveson

I got this bottle for my Christmas from my mother - who is becoming quite the whisky buying expert! Lucky me. I love the big whiskies - big on flavour and big on taste. This is one of those whiskies. I'm hopeless at identifying flavours, but this one reminds me of all those bad boy Octomores I've drunk before and wished I owned. Now I have one. Thanks Mum.

4th January 2017


I love this Whisky

4th January 2017

Hot chick one leg short

Comes in syrupy, smooth...there is a little shot of Ouzo in there, viscosity compared to most, oily. New leather. Can smell the hay. Definitely licorice with peat and melon. Would be a 5 if it was longer on the palate.

11th December 2016

Just Amazing

With 171 bottles in my collection, I felt that I needed at least one Octomore. If you love your peat and then you are going to love this. It is rather sweet for such a strong Peaty whiskey. It reminds me of Ardbeg Corryvreckan but with more of a punch.

19th November 2016

Great to try as a curiosity but unlikely to become anyone's favourite whisky

Presentation: Each expression in the Octomore series has a different bottle; the Octomore 07.1 is packaged in a striking matte black bottle with a silver neck and lettering. It looks great but you cannot see the colour of the whisky inside obviously. The markings are typical modern Bruichladdich san-serif typeface, which match the unique bottle quite well. The Octomore 07.1 is not traditional in any way, but it is a good example of attractive and restrained modern design.

Appearance: Dark straw in colour; unusually dark considering it has no artificial colouring added and it is also non-chill filtered. The legs (liquid that falls back down the glass after you swirl it around) run fast and thin, betraying the whiskies very young age before you even taste it.

Aroma: The smoke is evident as soon as you open the bottle and you half expect to see it wafting from the glass, such is its potency. On closer examination, it is hard to get through the smoke to the other aromas that lie beneath. Perhaps a mix of earthy aromas, like tar, rubber and leather. With water, I detected some walnut or almond and dry hay or straw.

Flavour: If you are not used to cask strength whisky, then the combination of 59.5% ABV and a young spirit will no doubt numb your taste buds. For those with a pre-seasoned tongue, you probably won't taste too much either except for smoke if sampled undiluted. With plenty of water there is some oak spice but the smoke just overpowers any other flavour before you can identify it.

Finish: Lots of smoke and a long slow burn down the back of your throat. Your significant other will be smelling this on your breath well into the following day.

Would I buy it again?

Probably not. The Bruichladdich Octomore 07.1 was great to try as a curiosity and as an example of how far peatiness can be taken, but it is also an example of how important it is to have a balance of flavours. The more whisky I try, the more my tastes evolve and lately I have been enjoying whiskies with a more restrained peat smoke. I like to be able to explore the complexity of flavours and aromas rather than have any one element that overpowers all others. If you like peat, try an Octomore for sure (if you can afford it) but I doubt it would become anyone's favourite whisky.

27th October 2016

Intense but not the perfect Octomore

This is seriously intense and for my taste requires a touch of water. Its the last in the series and they have done it justice. I cant help thinking the earlier octomore range is slightly better. If you like peat that is deep and intense (as well as blows your head off) this is the one for you. It is far from undrinkable if you are not a peat fan, there is alot of flavours in this whisky and the best part is trying to figure them out! I would suggest starting on this one to get a feel and go up the price range if it is to your taste. I havent met many who dont find this whisky incredibly interesting.

15th December 2015

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