Monday 6 March 2017

Octomore OBA: Concept Review

That’s right! YEAH! Octomore Black Art!! It’s here and my review is below.

I missed out on the release as the website crashed for a good 30 hours as everyone was trying to get on to buy one of these. I was tempted after everything settled down and they still had some left but I’m meant to be on a freeze at the moment anyway. Normally that would really have stopped me anyway but it was pretty expensive at £90 f
or a 500ml bottle.
Anyway, I was working at Whisky Birmingham on Saturday and they guys on the stand next to me were pretty awesome and turns out they run a whisky blog called Living Room Whisky. I then noticed that Mike and Jon had a sample of the new Octomore I had missed out on and they offered to let me try some and in exchange they tried some of the whisky I had brought along.
Many thanks go to both of them for this awesome whisky!

Octomore OBA/C_0.1 59.7%
Colour: Amber
Body: Full
Nose: More of a PC, sulphurous smoke, Sherry, black cherry. Actually, it very much reminds me of a less sulphurous PC12. There’s a dark fruitiness but the sulphur is in balance and is entwined with the smoke.
Water: More sweetness, more cherry, orange. Slightly floral after a minute, opens up.
Taste: Intense, sulphur, Sherry, Cherry, black smoke, dirty bonfire. Builds. There’s a dirtiness to this I haven’t really had with other whiskies. It goes past earthiness.
Water: Softer, goddamn awesome, really builds beautifully with cherry, bright orange, lovely oils and sulphurous smoke. Brighter and more building and balanced
Finish: Long length. Back to sweetness with a kind of ashy, dirty, like literally dirt, digging around in the garden, glacé cherry.
Water: Awesome, epic. Seriously great finish with water
Oct at the top of its game, really good. Just about tops the 7.3 According to Adam Hannett, the youngest whisky is from 2007 but I think it was bottled earlier than the release?

Thanks for reading!

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