The cult classic is back in Tasmania with the ninth edition of the super-heavily peated single malt from Islay. It offers an invitation to whisky fans to enter into dialogue. 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.
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 09.3 διάλογος is:
Uber-provenance single malt whisky; one field, one farm, one vintage
Malted to 133PPM
Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012
Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whiskey and French wine casks
Five aged years in 1st fill ex-American (25%), 3rd fill virgin oak (25%), 2nd fill Rivesaltes (20%), 2nd fill Syrah (20%), 2nd fill bourbon (10%)
Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery
CHARACTER– Wild, Ileach, if this whisky could speak it would only speak in Gaelic. Atlantic coast raised. Out on the edge, the sense of place is strong.
AROMA– Malted barley, Horlicks, the smell of the mash going into the mashtun. Heather wildfire, black tea, golden syrup, lemon sponge.
TASTE– Golden syrup in the tin, smoked tea, wort, malted barley, pear, peach melba. Sea spray, heather flowers.