07.4 Virgin Oak

ABV 61.2%
REVIEWED Issue 137
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Brand: Octomore
Expression: 07.4 Virgin Oak
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 61.2%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 137
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Gritty oak and primal, botanical, medicinal herbs, iodine, camphor, barebcue smoke, charred oak and rubber. The peat is compressed and sooty. The treacle balances.
Palate: Balanced with smoky oak and sooty peat. Herbal with astringent peat. Again, the treacle sweetness balances. Charred oak, barbecue meat and tar.
Finish: Long, with a wonderful salt encrusted finish.
Comment: Water makes it sweeter and smokier, but just like the George T Stagg, it has to be experienced as nature intended – neat!
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: A big and powerful smoky whisky which shouts at you from the glass. Deep colour and rich aroma, this is Islay (in winter) in a glass. Rich notes mix well with the smoke.
Palate: Again, the smoke is first up (earthy smoke, not medicinal) and it is followed by rich notes of strawberry and balsamic vinegar. Powerful but, with water, well balanced.
Finish: Long and smoky, the oak also carries this through to a good conclusion.
Comment: An unmistakable Islay whisky, probably not too old, but worth a look at.
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