Whisky Review – Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated. @glenglassaugh

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

44% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£55.84 from Master of Malt 

It’s getting colder evenings now, so worthy of a wee peaty dram, let’s try this relatively new one from Glenglassaugh. Matured in Octaves (small casks 1/8th the size of a Sherry butt) from a peated spirit, this will be interesting. 

Nose. 

A smokey floral note is immediate on first pour, followed quickly by a light fresh cream dairy amongst the burning heather. Those elements merge in time and the cream becomes more buttery. Soft ginger and cracked black pepper backs things up. The smoke remains dominant, not overpowering or a peat bomb, just a gentle smouldering dram. 

Palate. 

More of a peat bomb on the palate, with smoke transpires to warm coals and ash. Sweetness comes through in the late arrival with a fruity citrus burst of lemon and orange, in time the fruity elements introduce something peachy into the mix. The dirty smoke moves aside and a creamier, meatier edge comes through, I don’t know why, but butter chicken comes to mind! Maybe with a dash of chopped burnt bacon on top! With that brings a slight salty edge to the smoke, with a touch of rose petal (light Turkish delight) thrown in for good measure. 

Finish. 

Smoke fades out during the medium length finish, with fruit retaining some ground and giving a nice juicy peach/orange effect, warming to the core. Nice, revitalising stuff. 

Adding water. 

A touch of water extinguishes the smoke quite significantly, with the floral notes now being the outgoing aroma. There is a little added orange juiciness on the nose now, but the spice is also toned back significantly. The palate has lost some of its bite, but the smoke comes in later in the development, there is more fruit now, softer fruits, almost melon like, with the meatiness quietened and the profile changed a lot. The finish is weaker, a little earthier and far more floral. I prefer this dram without water, but I may have put too much in. Worth further experimentation. 

Conclusion. 

It’s young, and has he peaty backbone for it, which is a good thing. A medium level peat beast worthy of someone who has taken a light step into the peated whisky world and want to try something a little more levelled up. It’s starting to get colder in the evenings and this dram would match it perfectly. 

Many thanks to Glenglassaugh for the review sample

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