What happens when you take Octomore, the world's most heavily peated whisky, and let it mature in Limousin Oak from Acquitaine that once held one of the world's great Eaux-de-vie? MAGIC!
This latest bottling from master distiller Jim McEwan's alchemical lair brings together the grace, elegance and complexity for which Octomore spirit has become synonymous and marries it with some of the finest oak in the world, producing an unctuous spirit of sublime mouthfeel and equipoise, rich and assertive with an understated power that befits its Islay pedigree.
A limited edition in the award-winning cult Octomore series this is a staggering 167ppm and is bottled at cask strength.
Bruichladdich Distillery is located on the Rhinns of the isle of Islay in Scotland. The distillery produces mainly single malt Scotch whisky, but has also offered artisanal gin. It is owned by Rémy Cointreau and is one of eight working distilleries on the island. One interpretation of the Gaelic word Bruichladdich is "stony shore bank", referring to a post-glacial raised beach, though an alternative, perhaps more pertinent translation may be "rocky lee shore".
|Age:||5 years old|
|Strength:||58.2 % Vol.|
|Number of bottles:||18000|
|Bottled for:||Travel Retail Exclusive|
|Cask Type:||Ex Eau-de-Vie Limousin Oak Cask of Aquitaine|
Nose: Golden syrup, smoke and red berry fruits to begin. The gentle smoke weaves through poached pear and apple pie from the distillation with the ripe fruits from the cask, red berries peach and apricot. As you inhale deeper, delicate floral notes unclouded by the smoke are released heather, lilies and orange blossom.
Palate: The combination of sweet fruits and smoke is classic Octomore. Huge levels of peat sit in perfect balance with the flavours released from the cask. Add a drop or two of water and we get cherry, bramble, strawberry from the Syrah casks; cinder toffee, brown sugar, honey and crème brulee from the American oak burst through. You can feel and taste the rewards of our patience - slow trickle distillation provides the soft silky texture that coats your mouth and releases wave after wave of the soft fruit and floral fragrance.
Finish: As lemon zest, red fruit and vanilla oak fades away the deep smoke lingers, a potent reminder of the strength and character of Islay.
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