Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 10.2 (700ml)

Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 10.2 (700ml)

Peated to 96.9 ppm, 10.2 saw four years in first-fill American oak followed by a lengthy spell in third-fill French oak Sauternes casks, making it eight years old. It's a more mature expression that creeps up on you, the nose being somewhat misleading from a freshly opened bottle. At first sniff the phenols seem too heavy to rise above the sweetness of the barley. Twenty four hours later, there's more smoked meat and earthy peat character along side Bruichladdich's distinctive butter menthol lozenge note. Incredibly dense, but not entirely a peat bomb, Hannett instead delivers something that feels more refined and composed in this edition. Amid the bustle of oil-soaked barley there are hints of char grilled pineapple, dark chocolate and aged mezcal. The peat has a drying effect; Menthol tobacco, jaffas, paprika and chilli infused bitter dark chocolate enter through the finish. Words like ‘restraint’ and ‘elegance’ are not typically associated with this distillate, however they could be applied here in a relative fashion. Normally you’d leave Octomore last in a line up. This one fits in somewhere after Ardmore or Highland Park - probably more so the latter because the Sauternes casks seem to have added delicate honeyed tones. So well balanced it’s dangerous, 10.2 remains a considerable whisky by any measure. 56.9% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.


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