Octomore 2.2 Orpheus
Added on Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:51 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 5 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 61.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $115 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Chateau Petrus Finish  140ppm
Member Ratings and Notes
 nose: stong field of salted manure,  palate:  earthy.... really earthy, peppery soil, bathwater (at first).  Finish: long, unsweetened butterscotch,  fumes. 
Quite sweet and intensely, richly smokey (duh), this is definitely one of the smokiest whiskies I've tried. It's all about that smoke, all. It tastes more respectable than being just a "novelty" whisky, although I don't think this is truly quaffable at great length. 2-day finish. Definitely enjoyable.  B/B+ 

The finish on this is very interesting.  Unlike any other super-peated whisky.


N: Fruit cup surprisingly  comes through all the peat smoke.  Like a fermented cider.


P: Smoke and salt balanced well by the mulled wine sweet and spice flavors.


F:  Mmmm good smokiness. 


N: An initial strong kick of intense peat - earthy and rich, with a faintly rubbery tone. Underneath, some grains - barley and a hint of popcorn. Slightly briny tone, lightly perfumey. There's a lot of fruit - cara cara oranges, lemon, and a touch of grilled pineapple with some apricots. There's the faintest, faintest buttercream vanilla as well. Water focuses the nose much more on barley and lemon with the peat.


P: Rich and coating, low heat despite high proof. Plenty of peat - tar, rubber, smoke. Some orange underpins it and lemon too. Slight brine, faint fennel, some hay and gentle malt flavors. Water brings up more barley notes, subdues the fruit influence and adds a bit of white pepper.


F: Eternally long smoke and peat. Cookout versus campfire. The fruit notes pop up a bit - lemon and orange, but they fade. Hints of rubber, some grilled pineapple and a touch of banana. Water makes the finish sweet but with a pronounced fennel kick.


Richly nuanced. Fruity and light around all the massive peat. It's like a December cookout off of PCH with fruits and veggies. Despite the intense ABV it's still fairly light.  


I love the nose on this. It's like what I imagine it would be like to stick your head into a peat bog, smoky, earthy and a tad sweet (okay maybe a bog wouldn't be sweet, I don't know). The palate is at once sweet and smoky but that's about it. It has a lot less complexity than the nose and there is a bit of a chemical element which lasts through to the finish. A drop of water, though, does a lot to bring out some of those more earthy flavors I was missing from the nose and adds a more multi-dimensional quality, bringing in some of that earthiness and even a more distinct wine note, so I'd recommend this one with water (something I rarely find myself saying).



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