Cask #2, Distilled 16 / 12 / 2005, Transferred to Yquem's drum 04 / 04 / 2012, Sample from the cask at the distillery warehouse. Initial maturation of 7 aged ex-bourbon cask and aging of 5 aged in Château Yquem cask.
When two passions meet, but it will consume after a lot of patience ... a good 20 minutes in the glass to reach its sensory peak. Immediately on the nose, we are immersed in the smell of licoreux wine, almost resinous, a creaminess that tames the wild passion of the young Octomore. The powerful and raw peat transpires this cloud of opaque flavors. Initially, we discover pears and apricots, candied lemon, oranges, then a phenolic and maritime peat 2 × 4 version with nails. Surprisingly, the mouth is much more silky than one would expect hyper peat whiskey version 61% alcohol, thanks to the sweet and licorice conjunction of the bourbon cask and the Sauternes cask. The texture is oily and oily, begins with tropical and candied fruits, pear syrup, residual sugars and then migrates to an epic crossing of phenolic, medicinal, saline, earthy and maritime peat fields. Nice delivery of honey and lemony cereals, vanilla and caramelized sugars. The finish is luscious on the flavors and slice skillfully with the sensation of ashes cooled in the back of the mouth left by the peat. A bit weird as an approach but an experience that tests the tasting.
Nose: An old tanned leather. Grapes, tobacco, peat is there, but fades before the other aromas. Vanilla and chocolate. Citrus, smoked meat and red wine. The high alcohol level seems as harmless as a kitten. Palate: Raisins and oak, peppered sherry, graceful peat and leather tip. A superb blend of peat and barrels. Wow, it's disorienting! Tobacco pipe and cocoa, orange and licorice, oak and pepper, peat, peat and peat. The degree of alcohol again gives us a surprising chance. Final: Long, full of character and assertive. Oak and spices of course, but with a good dose of both marine and phenolic peat. Balance: With ripening almost as long as the initial ripening, there is a tendency to lose sight of the line between the two, though this is not necessarily a bad thing. A big malt, but did we expect less from an Octomore? Unbeatable.