The vibe is very classic Bruichladdich…
Bruichladdich Octomore 5yo 12.1 130.8ppm
Young, feisty, massively peaty, big alcohol. It must be Octomore. Bruichladdich’s monster that works a treat, as all of these muscular elements are bought together almost in perfect harmony.
For this edition, released in 2021, it has been matured exclusively in first fill American oak.
From WhiskyWash, “A sweet, thick texture introduces a densely grain-y palate, something like marmalade and honey on whole grain toast. The sweetness is beautifully balanced with salt. A long, chocolatey finish culminates with bittersweet waves of saline smoke. With water, it’s sweeter and much smokier, and an unusual lime-like tartness emerges in the finish.
This is a really good whisky! The vibe is very classic Bruichladdich, only with a thick layer of smoke drifting over the top that complicates, but doesn’t wholly obscure, that salty, citrusy, floral character underneath. 4/5 stars”.
Official notes read, “Vibrant, punchy and lively initially and then opens up to reveal layers of complexity, instilled through slow distillation, careful maturation and cask selection”.