OCTOMORE EDITION 08.3 MASTERCLASS / 309 PPM / 5 AGED YEARS / 61.2%ABV
A rare bottle of the most heavily peated whisky on the planet to date! Bruichladdich, always at the forefront of transparency, encourages a discussion on all of facets of the production, ageing, and the myriad influences that affects the character of whisky.
The Octomore 08.3 edition is the most heavily-peated Octomore to date - a whopping 309ppm!! It's from one farm, one field, one vintage. It was distilled in 2011 from the 2010 harvest and aged for 5 years for 56% full-term ex-Bourbon, 44% full-term European oak maturation and bottled at 61.2% ABV.
Just 52 tonnes of precious Islay barley were malted to produce this single farm Octomore 09.3 edition. Raised in Irene’s Field on Octomore Farm in 2011, this uber-provenance single malt was later distilled and filled into 134 casks. Predominantly second-fill, the gentler influence of the wood allows more of the locally grown barley flavours to cut through the legendary peat smoke.
Octomore Official Tasting Notes:
Character: This is the ultimate Islay Octomore. A thunderstorm of a dram. Close your eyes as you take the first sip and allow your senses to shut down as you focus on processing this fascinating dram.
Colour: Golden syrup
Nose: Toasted oak and muddy/peaty smoke, bandages. Maple syrup, fresh linen, sea shells. Evokes a memory of lying in the heather on the peat moss, the warm sun coaxing the scent from the wild fowers. The fruit is cherry, peach and mango, with crème brulee and to ee from the oak and barley.
Palate: Initially a surprise as the stellar level of peat is bitter and over-whelming. Another sip opens with up with cherry and peach and toasted sweet oak, dark chocolate, boot polish and seaweed. At this level the peat is like a thunder cloud, darkening the atmosphere. You can feel it in your bones.
Finish: Complex, crème brulee with caramelised brown sugar slightly overdone. Dark plum, orange and kiwi sit well with the malted barley sweetness. The peat smoke is a tremendous presence offering roasted coffee, burnt heather and a place in your memory forever.
*One bottle only - from a private collection
700ml | 61.2% abv | Islay Scotland