A simply stunning addition to Bruichladdich’s consistently excellent hyper-peated Octomore whiskies.
According to Bruichladdich, this whisky began life as a “what if?” experiment maturing in in the 1845 Port Charlotte Warehouses. The idea was to see how the super-peaty spirit of Octomore reacted with virgin oak casks. However, unlike most virgin oak casks, these barrels were constructed of French Oak grown in the forests of Allier.
The spirit begins life with strictly Scottish malted barley, which is then peated to an extraordinary 167 parts per million. Over 7 years this whisky’s maturation was carefully managed by Adam Hannett, as the contrasting flavour profiles of smoky peat and vanilla-rich cask slowly integrated.
The finished result is a sumptuous whisky which takes Octomore to a new level. Sweet and savoury are in perfect harmony in this whisky, with the earthy peat playing off wonderfully well against the sweet vanilla of the virgin oak cask. A glissando of flavours follow, with notes of cinnamon, pepper and clove on the fore, accompanied by espresso, peat, sweet honey and coconut. Plenty of floral Bruichladdich notes appear throughout.
Bottled at 61.2% ABV, and without either chill filtration or colouration (as always with Bruichladdich) this allows the powerful natural flavours of this dram to really take hold.
Limited to just 12,000 bottles, this whisky is beautifully presented in a modern design that is certain to catch the eye. A sure-fire hit with all fans of peated whisky, Bruichladdich once again have proven themselves to be one of the best distilleries in the business.