The fourth edition of Bruichladdich’s range of 10 year old Octomore.
The Octomore range has been somewhat typified by its ability to deliver incredibly characterful whiskies at a young age. Nevertheless, it is always interesting to try Bruichladdich’s hyper-peated spirit when it has benefited from a bit more time in the barrel.
Bruichladdich release these whiskies intermittently, having previously offered up a 10 year old in 2012, 2016 and 2018. Each time, the spirit has enjoyed a slightly different cask maturation, that offers a variation on the whisky’s style.
The 4th edition of Octomore 10 has been made using 100% Scottish cultivated Optic Barley. This barley is malted and peated to a level of 208ppm, considerably higher than the last couple of 10 year old releases. After distillation, this Octomore was aged in first and second-fill American oak barrels from Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam and Heaven Hill, alongside virgin oak casks. It is the virgin oak that really comes to the fore with this dram.
The bottling opens up with notes of charred oak and earthy thick peat, soon followed by further flavours of woodsmoke, roasted apples and pears, cigar smoke, vanilla, sea spray, honeyed malt, cinnamon, dark chocolate, espresso, coconut, dried apricot, nutmeg and citrus rind. The virgin oak certainly makes itself known with the vanilla, coconut and woodspice flavours.
Octomore 10 Year Old 4th Edition is bottled at 54.3% ABV and without chill filtration or colouration (as always with Bruichladdich whiskies).
Just 12,000 bottles were produced.