The Octomore 07.1 is peated to a phenol level of 208, which is insanely high, but not the highest for the series. This peat level is measured in the malt, however, so fear not. The whisky in your bottle will not have anywhere near as high a peat level, but it is still a heavily peated whisky.
Soft barley notes and lots of sweet fruit. Oh, and a bit of peat. A massive bit of peat, actually! It is a heavy hitter, but it has a gentle heart and a soft spirit. Chocolate and fresh licorice. Comparing it head to head with the Octomore 06.1, I find the 06.1 to be slightly sulphury on the nose, more youngish and less sweet.
Peppery and smoky. It is full of life, lots of warmth, but it is tempered and held in check by the same sweet fruitiness that I found on the nose. The 07.1 is more full-bodied and has a better balance than the 06.1.
Lots of ashes, hot embers and glowing hot pieces of coal. Oily mouthfeel. Rich and fruity honey, mixed with a very unhealthy caramel sauce.