Sad fact of life – there is a lot of ugliness in the world.
From Hitler’s Nazi Germany to 9/11 and Bin Laden to that girl I met online all of those years ago that had a hump on her back, bad breath and broccoli in her teeth, the world can be an ugly place.
However, there is a lot of beauty as well.
From a young boy helping an elderly woman across the road to the wonders of new life and happy parents to One Day at a Time’s Valerie Bertinelli (she’s the young one in the middle, if you’ve never seen the show):
Boy, did I have a crush on her back in the day!!
Yes, the world can be beautiful and have gorgeous things in it. Today’s pageant winner is the new Octomore Comus 4.2.
Bottled at 61%ABV, this 5yo was matured in French Oak/Sauternes casks and apparently peated to 167ppm. Sweet Yoheved, mother of Moshe! That is a heavy peating level!
Let’s see what happens when you take *heavily* peated spirit and mature it in French Oak/Sauternes casks for five years:
On the nose – The canister and bottle say so. Bruichladdich’s website and marketing materials echo it. Various webshops concur. The barley for this here Octomore was peated to 167ppm prior to distilling.
Well, heck if I can smell 167ppm worth of peating here.
It’s no doubt a peaty/smoky beast but, my face did not catch fire when sniffing at this whisky…
A very briny nose as well – salted porridge.
Hard red plum minus the tartness.
There’s a spiciness here that flirts with cigarette smoke and a touch of salted black licorice in the background…
On the mouth – Like drinking one of Marc Bolan’s powder blue velvet suits – the mouth is incredibly soft and silky. Almost honey like. I’m reminded a bit of the mouthfeel on Glenmorangie’s Pride (another Sauternes casked whisky). Remarkable mouthfeel.
Pears and apple are here too but not the tell tale pear and apple from a young whisky – this seems cask driven as it’s not spirity, if you catch my meaning.
Slightly buttery (maybe it’s just a mouthfeel thing…)
A bit spicy, more nutty notes (walnuts this time) and cooked and candied lemons.
Finish – Shortish with fruity & smoky notes. There is brine and spice that stays on the back of the tongue.
In sum – This Octomore offers up balance and beauty like none before it. Yes, the other Octomores I’ve had are/were very nice and well constructed but the Comus is above and beyond… a cut above, the big cheese, the head honcho, numero uno (sorry, I let my inner love for Airplane come out there).
One would never know this is 61%ABV. Wonderful at cask strength. Celebrate with this.
This whisky is so worth your time.
Truthfully, one of the best whiskies I’ve had year to date.
Special thanks to PJ, DF & EC of Bruichladdich for their tremendous hard work to get me the sample!!
*Special-Special* thanks goes out to ParcelForce for getting me the package in record time! The sample was sent from the UK on Friday afternoon and arrive at my house on Monday afternoon. THAT’S service!!