Another super peaty offering from Bruichladdich’s Octomore range. This bottling is number 09.1 in their Dialogos series. Dialogos takes its name from the Greek word διάλογος, which means dialogue, and whiskies in this series are meant to encourage conversation and debate between drinkers, challenging the norms.
The whisky is produced using 100% Scottish grown concerto barley, which was harvested in 2011 and distilled in 2012. The malt was peated to a hefty 156ppm (which is quite mild by Octomore standards). This dram has been aged for five years in former American whiskey casks, with an excellent provenance: Jim Beam casks make up 51% of the casks used, whilst Jack Daniels provide 26%, Clermont 15%, with the final 8% comprised of Old Grand-Dad barrels.
The final result is an intensely smoky and oaky dram, with powerful vanilla notes, touches of earthy peat, toasted nuts, coconut, roses, salted caramel, fudge, grilled pineapple and mango, lemon rind and faint malt.
Bottled at a cask strength of 59.1% ABV and without chill filtration or colouration, this is a robust, full bodied Islay whisky packed with flavour.
An excellent X.1 Octomore, which are usually considered the benchmark for quality of the Octomore outturn as a whole.