An amber colour that is just a shade lighter than the 8.3. 8 years old and bottled at 170ppm and 58.7% ABV.
All were matured in first fill virgin oak casks, with 20% of the batch spending the entire time in those casks, and 80% finished in European virgin oak that previously held Octomore 7.4. A second-fill virgin oak cask is a virgin oak cask that has been refilled once- which does stretch the nomenclature slightly. A confession: we tasted this right after the 8.3, so our perceptions of the peat might be lighter than usual.
Nose: Fire and ash. A touch of grain, oak, and vanilla.
Taste: We get peat, but lighter than the others. There is a clear savoury element. We also get a nice sweet grain flavour, vanilla, and unless we are very much mistaken, heather.
Finish: There’s a light spiciness of cloves, then a delay before hitting the peat, which lingers on and on.