At 57.5% alcohol by volume, and peated to a staggering 167 ppm (making it the world’s most heavily peated whisky), you might expect the Bruichladdich Octomore (6th edition) to be simply overpowering. The thing is, it’s not. Sure, the smoke is there, but so is the Bruichladdich character. There’s elegance, complexity and fruity overtones nestled in amongst the earth, seaweed, black pepper, vanilla and bog myrtle. Salty/peaty on the palate, with minty/menthol notes, vanilla and toasted nuts. Profoundly long on the finish with a final dash of black pepper.