Usually 8.2 would be a Travel Retail exclusive release but with airports closed over Covid times some has been released outside.
Peated to 167ppm, Octomore 08.2 spent the first six years of its life in three different styles of wine cask. French Mourvedre, Austrian sweet wines, and French Sauternes before spending a further 2 years in Italian Amarone casks. Bottled at 58.7% ABV, you can expect to encounter waves of peat smoke mingling with red fruit, barley sugar, stewed apple, raspberry, blackcurrant, cherry wafers and coconut and a bubble-gum sweetness.
Nose Peat smoke first. Smoke weaves between red fruit, aniseed, barley sugar, stewed apple, raspberry, blackcurrant, dried apricots and chocolate. Orange, mince pies and Turkish delight then cherry wafers and coconut open to floral notes.
Palate Warming and sweet, deep fruit and satin-like smoke. The oak feels a little dry then lifts to become toasted bread, bubble-gum sweetness and strawberry Jam. Adding a drop or two of water opens up the Islay DNA of salt spray, ozone and citrus. As it opens you find rose petal, Turkish delight, praline and more strawberry jam, all the while the smoke is in the background holding everything together.
Finish Typical Octomore. Smoke comes through, a dry peat smoke, with malted barley and cherry, then goes out on its own...