Friday 20 October 2017

Islay Blended Malt 1997 Octaves [From Paris with Love]

Hi everyone,

Today is the last of the Paris notes (London to come!), and the one I finished with was another Duncan Taylor from the Octaves range. This one though, isn’t a Single Malt but a Blended Malt, all from Islay.
Just to remind you, an Octave is a smaller barrel that’s around 50L.
Islay Blended Malt 1997 Octaves 50%
Colour: Light Amber
Body: Full
Nose: Really intensely peaty! Metallic and medicinal.
Taste: Intense peat with sweet orange, malty, some nuttiness, nutmeg spice, oak.
Finish: Medium length. Much more sweetness, orange, slightly rubbery. Not as good in the finish though.
17yo, with 7 months in the Octave. Can't really get behind the smoke on the nose, which is a shame because it seems like there’s complexity behind.

Thanks for reading!

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