Octomore unplugged – this is a stripped back version of Bruichladdich’s hyper-peated spirit.
The whisky was distilled from 2012 vintage Scottish barley (peated to 107 ppm) in 2013, and has been aged for 5 years in first-fill former Bourbon American oak casks from Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill. Bruichladdich’s ambition was to display the naked power and sophistication of the Octomore spirit, and they have achieved this aim with aplomb. This bottling is an excellent introduction to the tenth series of this cult malt.
Drinkers should expect notes of vanilla, caramel, somewhat restrained peat smoke, with soft barley sugar, cracked pepper, smoke, dried earth, baked apple, gooseberry, charred oak, pineapple, peach, Scottish tablet and smoked malt. The palate is notably oily and rich, the mark of a slowly distilled dram.
This Octomore is presented free from chill filtration and colouration, and at a cask strength of 59.8% ABV.
Just 42,000 bottles were produced.