Thanks to /u/dramboy for the sample vis /r/ScotchSwap on reddit
A few years ago Bruichladdich released a 10 year old expression of their super heavily peated Octomore, which is usually bottled at closer to 5 years in age. That one was from some of the original octomore stock so was peated to around 80ppm. Recently they went and released a 2nd edition of the stuff, this one peated to 167ppm and matured in fresh bourbon and white Grenache casks.
Aged 10 years. 57.3% ABV. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Lots of fruit oils. Some gasoline. Lactic notes. Vanilla. New leather. Caramel. Sandalwood. Marmalade. Apricot jam. Dry woodspice.
Palate: Quite drying at first and then a rush of creamy vanilla and caramel. Leather. Woodsmoke. Barbecue sauce. Sour stone fruits and woodspice show up at the end.
Finish: Long. Very active woodspice. Flair of medicinal notes. Tobacco. Vanilla. Twizzlers. Slight sour note right at the end, a little unpleasant.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
As with the Octomore OBA which I reviewed a week ago, one really doesn’t feel the effects of the peat as much as the hype leads to believe. This is still good whisky but it lacks the dynamic character of the OBA. Even at release this was a pricey one and now on the secondary market even more so, and for such a hefty sum it lacks something special to make to make it truly stand out from the crowd.