I've had a number of Octomore drams in the past including one straight from the cask at Bruichladdich, which was also from Virgin Oak, but I was just enjoying it and didn't take notes so interesting to try this .4 version which is matured in virgin oak.
Much sweeter than I was expecting but also has massive smoky elements but it's just so easy to drink despite the over 60% ABV.
This is a beast but the virgin oak has it on a lead and has reigned in some of the harsher notes that you would expect, a great pairing.
Thanks to Bruichladdich for the official sample
Despite the high PPM in terms of peat this comes across first as prickly spicy peppery acetone, then there's smoke which is a combination of wood smoke and earthy peat smoke then wood oak notes and cask char, some fruits hide in the background with tinned fruit salad without the syrup and tarts citrus notes
Huge wood smoke notes but sweet here with tangy spices and syrupy elements then toasted oak char and light tropical fruits hiding in the background.
Sweet powerful smoke and sweet juiciness
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