To be honest, the reason why I want to do a review on the Bruichladdich Octomore 8.1 is because of the look of the bottle. I mean look at it, instead of the conventional glass bottle, it’s matte black. It’s matte black, guys, is it possible to make it anymore cooler? Okay, enough chit chat, let’s get into the review.
Findings in the Bruichladdich Octomore 8.1
Nose: a faint vanilla-sweet smell, strong peaty and muddy smell. A peppery scent at the back, lurking.
Taste: The peaty taste greets you warmly. Not too heavy but oily. Has a pleasant burn
Finish: Strong after taste and stays in the mouth for a decent amount of time. The peppery taste from the smell comes out at the end. The flavours are expressed very well.
For those who don’t know, when James Brown was growing the barley for the production of Octomores, Bruichladdich claimed that those barleys “the most heavily-peated barley humanly possible.” Now you know why the peat and the muddy smell is really prominent. It may not be a suitable drink for those who dislike peaty whiskeys.
The first time drinking the Octomore 8.1 is really different from how many times I drank it afterward, it was too strong for me, I remember myself actually saying “I am not going to order this again”. However, as time went on and my tolerance for peaty whiskey has increased, thanks to Kilchoman’s Machir Bay, Octomore 8.1 just grew on me.
Although the Octomore 8.1 is not the most exotic Octomore available on the market, there’s absolutely no shortage of character or flavour, just like its cool looking packaging. I would not recommend this as an introductory Bruichladdich, however, it serves as a proper introduction to Octomores (there are 8.2 and 8.3 as well, stay tuned for their own reviews!)
Bruichladdich, you never fail to surprise me.
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