OCTOMORE 10.2 from Bruichladdich. 8 YO. 96.9 ppm. 56.9% abv
Tasting Notes done in Bowmore on Saturday 4th April 2020 – in Corona lockdown!!
Will this affect the flavour…?? Only kidding!
COLOUR: Dark auburn gold.
Huge bubbles in ring around rim when poured – this denotes high alcohol content
SOUND: Tinkles on top when you shake the liquid with a deeper slap against side of glass – this denotes creaminess and viscosity of liquid.
Thin band of gold floating on top of liquid – this denotes oils contained within.
Top Notes: Honey, gorse, salt. Delicious burnt sugar on top of crème caramel. Hazel nuts. Young gorse needles.
Coffe, toffee, vanilla. Bacon & Honey. Dusty old paper in a farmyard loft. Honey comb.
Milk chocolate and new tan shoe leather.
Alcohol tingle inside your nose… like just before you sneeze after taking snuff – such a delightful tingle!
Custard and dusters! Baked eggs. Gorse and runny honey leading to mushrooms with a hint of steamed broccoli. Broccoli?? Yes, first time I have used this tasting note! 🙂
Baked custard, honey again. Sharp line of something tarry. Like tar on the pilings under an old pier.
Sunshine. American soda.
MOUTHFEEL: Satin with lovely drying tannins of peat and oak underneath. You feel them on the insides of your cheeks. Warm, fuzzy buzz in the mouth.
LENGTH: Warm down into chest. Lingers for ages.
2nd nose now more vegetal overall.
Summary: Top strata of honey rolling along on thin delicious ribbon of peat.