The Octave Glentauchers 2008 14yo 53.9% ABV


The Glentauchers Octave cask NO: 8535929 has aged for 14 years in oak casks, then spent the final 9 months in a sherry octave cask. This release of only 94 bottles, is bottled in 2023 at cask strength, non-chill-filtered and natural colouring.

Appearance: Dark and moody. Strong tea with a thin film and a few medium trails. Some teardrops and droplets form too.

Nose: Cola syrup, heaps of oak, smouldering chipboard and cherries. It’s not so much the ABV that hits the nose, but more the strength of the aromas.
Some sweeter notes appear after a little while in the form of honey, vanilla and confectionary sugar.

Palate: A lovely oily mouthfeel with a lovely mix of sweet and hefty spices on the first sip.
Chocolate, black pepper, popping candy and coffee appear next. The cola syrup is also consistent with the nose, adding an intense sweetness.
The spice increases as the dram matures, almost to a chilli tingle, I like it, it warms the chest nicely.

Finish: Long. The spices and cola element last for ages, as does a little honey and cinnamon.

Overall: I really like this one, it’s big, bold and unapologetic, but it’s warranted. A well-balanced and flavour-packed whisky.

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