Originally Posted by Cub246
Hello! Im new to the forum and fairly new to scotch in general, although I have established that I love love LOVE the peat! I have started a small collection:
Laphroaig - 10 year (my all time favorite, so far!)
Signatory Isle of Jura 1997
Glenmorangie Original 10 yr
I am very excited I just purchased and am awaiting a bottle of Laphroaig 15yr and even more exciting, a bottle of Bruichladdich Octomore 3rd Edition, 2.2 Orpheus which they say has the highest Peat per milileter? (PPM) per bottle at like 61%
Being a peat lover I'm wondering if anyone has tried the Octomore and could tell me if it truly s the creme de la creme of peaty scotch?
Also I'd love to hear some suggestions for others to try along the same vein.
My current wishlist is:
Laphroaig cask strength
Ardbeg (not sure which one, suggestions welcome!)
Caol Ila (again not sure which one to try)
Please feel free to give me any feedback or suggestions, can't wait to hear it all!
Ps. sorry for the war and peace'esque thread!
Hi, I purchased some FUTURES of OCTOMORE
which is one of the lower peated OCTOMORE Bottlings.
This particular bottling was peated at 80.5 PPM phenols. This FUTURES
bottling was distilled Oct 16, 2002 and bottled April 2008 using barley type: OPTIC and CASK TYPE: BOURBON from BUFFALO TRACE distillery and bottled at 46% ABV. Subsequent distillation runs of OCTOMORE
have been peated in the 140PPM phenols range. I recently acquired bottling EDITION 02.1 which was peated at 140 PPM phenols at 62.5% ABV. To help you out with terminology a bit, PPM
is the initialism for PARTS PER MILLION,
NOT peat per milliliter. Barley is peated in Parts Per Million Phenols. One PPM is 1 molecule diluted in a mixture of 1,000,000 of other molecules. As I am a peat freak, I wouldn't say that OCTOMORE is "the creme de la creme of peaty scotch?"
as you asked. As taste is subjective, the taster must determine. For me both OCTOMORES I have tried are excellent drams. I prefer the cask strength bottling of 62.5% ABV over the 46% ABV as the cask strength has no water dilution as the 46% has water dilution. As high peat levels become intense, there is a saturation point at which the nose and palate say, "I can't tell the difference in the 80.5 ppm vs. 140 ppm phenols". The FINISH tells all by how long the smokey taste lingers. I find a very long and lingering FINISH to be my measurement for a good peaty dram. I don't find the OCTOMORE any more intense than ARDBEG SUPERNOVA. I love both drams from these distilleries.