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Octomore Masterclass_08.1 8 Year Old

(70cl, 59.3%)

Octomore Masterclass_08.1 8 Year Old

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Octomore Masterclass_08.1 Bottling Note

Distilled in 2009 using Scottish barley from the 2008 harvest, this Octomore was peated to a level of 168 PPM. Holy phenolic fireworks Batm'n! (Although this series, counter intuitively, is also known for its relative subtlety.) Matured exclusively in first fill American oak casks (ex-Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Jack Daniels, if you were wondering), 08.1 has been bottled at a healthy 59.3% abv with neither artificial colouring nor chill filtration.

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Octomore Masterclass_08.1 8 Year Old Reviews

Thank you God, for letting us learn how to brew Spirits

My third bottle of this liquid.
Every bottle has been open for a few months. Every bottle on first open is a bit tame and subdued, yet meaty, peaty and good.
This changes tho after some oxidation in the bottle. It becomes the big hitter you was wishing for.
I have found that after a couple of months or more with 3/4 of the bottle, it becomes very aggressive, and delightfully so.
Yes the peat will steal the show just opened or left to oxidize, but there's more going on behind that sweet peat smell.
Fruits like pears and red grapes that want to be raisins, figs and almost over ripe Granny Smith red apples, spices like cinnamon and cloves and white pepper, can be found to jump into play, in nose and taste.
It's a deep spectrum of taste like the nose, tho pepper, phenol and wet ban-aids tend to take you down a very oily street with a sweetness that is enduring. Much like grandma's carrot cake with a white creamy frosting.
Finish is peppery and wood with a subtle smoke that extends for quit a time. The sugars tend to keep it cloying going due to the oiliness.

Fantastic on 1st open, better after a few months open, no water needed even with the high ABV.
Best neat, but do experiment if you like.

15th September 2018

I'm in love

Having the 3.1, 6.1, and 7.1 to compare this to it is a very subtle, balanced, smooth and dare I say polite Octomore. There is definitely peat and smoke, but also more, hints of honey, fruits and vanilla that I just never thought I'd see. It's been a pleasant surprise and a welcome addition to the collection. If what you're expecting is more of that big peat, smoke and anger that is so classic of Octomore then you may be disappointed, but if you're looking for something with layers and complexity then this is it in my opinion. For me this shows a maturity from the distillery that I've been longing for for years.

25th August 2018

Disappointed

I was disappointed with this one. I am a big fan of the Octomores but this left me underwhelmed. A lot of peat and alcohol but not much else. A bit of water didn't help either.

In my opinion the 8.2 is much, much better with lots of long lasting evolving flavors.

14th August 2018

So MUCH smoke

Blows your mind but fantastic. Like getting punched in the chest

30th July 2018

Wow

Peaty, peat and more peat this is in my collection and it is in another league. I drink a dram and want to chew , it's moreish well balanced powerful yet complex and delicate ..hints of smoked Wood chocolate with a layered depth of peat. It sits with my Ardbeg Dark Cove ..a sip of this then if you have one it works well finished with a dram of Ardbeg an oa. Don't ask why I don't know but I was in whisky heaven. A must even at the price.

21st January 2018

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