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OCTOMORE 7 year old Bourbon 65,6%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 19652

The vivid imagination of Islay enthusiasts runs wild with the mere mention of Octomore, the single malt produced by Bruichladdich since 2002. Peat and smoke is obviously present, and of course medicinal and peppery notes. However, there is more to come: a handful of fruit and a selection of honeys are more than just extras here, they have an essential role to play in the balance of this Octomore’s aromatic and flavourful palette.

Single Cask #2008000894 - Bourbon Barrel Limited edition of 186 bottles for France Profile: smoky and fruity (pear, apple). Notes of peat and smoke are quite obviously present, but not as strong as expected.

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  • Iodized
  • Peated
  • Fruity
  • Woody
  • Floral
  • Spicy

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vibrant gold
  • Nose : concentrated, deep. A particularly liquoricey peat takes centre stage. The background is filled with candied lemon, vanilla, ash and yeast. It becomes increasingly smoky and fruity (pear, apple). Once aerated, liquorice transforms into tiger balm and strong spices (pepper, cloves). Oscillates between youth and maturity.
  • Palate : rich, creamy. Notes of peat and smoke are quite obviously present. Although these familiar notes are not as strong as you would expect for an Octomore. They are actually very well-balanced with herbaceous (cut hay, straw), fruity (baked apple, pear) and vanilla notes. Little by little, malted barley reigns supreme.
  • Overall : long, refined. Extremely creamy and vanilla-inspired, it starts to diffuse a very delicate honeyed sweetness (acacia, lime blossom). The peat remains liquoricey and mentholated. Citrus fruit mingles with ripe fruit and white flowers. The retro-olfaction is ashy and spicy (black pepper). The empty glass – saline, smoky, ashy and medicinal – can be summed up in just one word: Islay
The brand

The brand

Octomore tire son nom d’une petite ferme jonchée sur la colline qui surplombe le village de Port Charlotte sur l’île d’Islay, non loin de la distillerie Bruichladdich. Cette ferme-distillerie ferme ses portes en 1852 après seulement quatre décennies d’activité. En 2002, le maître distillateur de Bruichladdich, Jim McEwan, souhaite créer le whisky le plus tourbé du monde avec Octomore, pour compléter la gamme composée de whiskies non tourbés Bruichalddich et des whiskies très tourbés de Port-Charlotte. Au-delà de sa concentration phénolique hors du commun, le whisky Octomore se caractérise par une démarche innovante dans l’assemblage et le vieillissement de ces spiritueux.

The distillery

Following its acquisition in 2000 by a group of investors, the Bruichladdich distillery underwent a meticulous renovation in 2001, which enabled the owners to keep almost all of the original 19th century equipment, including an open brewing tank and very elongated onion-shaped stills (the stills for the second distillation are six metres high). The resulting single malt is very mildly peaty, being characterised by its coastal origins, with a scent of sea air and salty flavours on the palate. Reserving all of its production for the single malt market, Bruichladdich is also the only distillery to age and bottle its whisky on the isle of Islay. It produces two heavily peated releases: Port Charlotte and Octomore.

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