Octomore 10 Years Old (Second Limited Edition)
Bruichladdich recently released a trio of 10 Year Old whiskies. One each from their three brands: Octomore, Port Charlotte and (of course) Bruichladdich. All are hommages to earlier releases, which is why they’re all Second Limited Editions. I’ll review all three of them, and’ll start with the new Octomore 10 Years Old. There are a couple of interesting differences with it predecessor.
The most eye catching difference is the peat level. Whereas the previous edition was ‘limited’ to a 80,5 ppm, the new one is set at 167 ppm. The alcohol percentage is also higher in the second edition: from 50 percent then to 57,3 percent then. Another difference: this time around it matured partly in Grenache Blanc casks, as well as fresh bourbon casks.
Octomore 10 Years Old (57,3%, OB, Second Limited Edition)
Nose: Sweet vanilla and cotton candy. Peat lovers might be disappointed, because this is certainly not an in-your-face smoke bomb. Shoe polish, chalk, sal ammoniac, wood glue, white grapes, green apples. Nicely intertwined. Wow, I might actually love this!
Taste: The peat is, as I suspected, more noticeable. Oily, smoky, black pepper, some oak shavings, but also sweet marzipan, marshmallow and bitter oranges.
Finish: Dry, smoky and ashy. Long.
The nose is gorgeous, the palate can’t quite keep up, but is still really good. Very well-rounded.
Review sample provided by Bruichladdich.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.