Region – Islay – ABV – 63.8% – now sold out but was $228.
A bit of a rarity here – an independently bottled single cask of Octomore which was bottled at 6 years of age at the nice ABV of 63.8%.
Being that Comus 4.2 (Bruichladdich’s 5yo Sauternes cask matured Octomore) was easily my favorite Octomore (still to this date), when I saw this bottling released, I had to have one.
The difficult part for me was in purchasing a bottling from an independent bottler I was not familiar with. The packaging seemed nice enough and, hey, single cask Octomore? I had to give them a go, right?!
What was the result you may ask?:
On the nose — A fair amount of peat on this one (it is peated to 167 ppm). Not too overwhelming though. Some bicycle inner-tubes come across at first but this is backed crushed almonds as well as raw filberts.
Pear drops, too. Proper English scones. Sun dried water balloons. With water I detect some hot cinnamon, too.
In the mouth — Without water it’s incredibly hot and tight with obvious pear and more sun dried water balloon notes.
Water is needed with this one.
With water it’s got a great and oily mouthfeel. Quite sweety and peaty with more focus on the peaty. It’s quite phenolic. Think burning o-rings (viton as well as silicon), and new nitrile gloves.
Some tropical fruits here, too. Think passion fruit and persimmon, and a touch of papaya and even a little guava.
Finish — Long and peaty with hints of marzipan, lemons and even a little slivovitz.
In sum — Not sure if it could have used less or more time in the cask. I never do score but if I were to compare this to Octomore Comus, and Comus were a 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10), this would be a 7. Defo one for colder weather and one to share with friends.