These are the short tasting notes from the Octomore 6.1. September 2014 at Bruichladdich Distillery, at the counter I asked for a taste of the Octomore 6.1, as I really enjoyed the 5.1 a long while ago .
Nose: leather, medicinal peat, notes of sea spray, strong hints of tar with underlying notes of lemon.
Mouth: rich and fruity on the palate: white fruits, pears, teaspoon of honey, cinnamon, with powerful notes of vanilla and peat of course.
Finish: a long and smoky finish, with hints of dark chocolate and berries.
|The Verdict: Good, but.... not as great as the 5.1. This is not the same peaty beast as its older brother, a lot of the power and roughness had gone. The 5.1 was a true powerhouse, a iron fist in a velvet glove that would kick you right in the nose.
I expected so much more from this one. But as there are more Octomores on the way, even more powerful than their predecessors. So I keep, my hopes up and wait for an Octomore that can outclass the 5.1. .
|| < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house