Octomore 10 2nd edition

Ochdamh-mòr

Octomore 10 Aged years / release: 2016 / 167 PPM

This spirit was distilled in December 2005 using malt peated to a colossal 167ppm.  Filled into Fresh Bourbon and Grenache Blanc casks. In this second edition of ten year old, the unique texture of Octomore is lifted further by the smooth, sweet fruit of Grenache and engages perfectly with the phenolic depth. Just 18,000 bottles exist, presented at 57.3% alc.vol. with a splash of Islay spring water.

A LIMITED TROIKA RELEASE.

Octomore 10
Second edition
Tasting Notes


Colour – Autumn sun on copper stills.

Nose – The Octomore DNA is evident as soon as the cork is popped. The smoke is closely intertwined with the rich and fruity toasted oak of the Grenache casks. Wisps of smoky iodine, leather, polish, Nutella, ginger syrup, walnuts and orange peels compete for your attention before allowing the fruit to come into its own as lemon and green apples are held together in the grip of the typical Octomore smoky, salty rope, marine character.

Palate – The heat from the natural strength is tempered by the wonderful texture in this whisky, not only has 10 years of maturation in fabulous American Bourbon and French Grenache casks allowed the phenol level to calm it has allowed the viscous, oil rich body of the whisky to build a strong confident character. The balance of smoke, oak and fruit is different from other Octomores, as the phenols naturally fade with age the fabulous casks develop a strong hold on the spirit, salted caramel, marzipan vanilla and crusty malty bread.

Finish – Given time eventually the power will fade, though after a couple of sips you may be forgiven for thinking your palate is altered forever as the smoke ligers for fully an hour! As ever the dry peat smoke will be the last flavour to remain reminiscent of pipe tobacco ash and peat tea, an island delicacy of tea brewed over a peat fire while gathering peats on the moss. this whisky is scarce, if you are lucky enough to taste it, treasure it.

Mood – This dram is bright and honest and has depth and backbone. Watching this spirit is develop is a privilege as there is a feeling with Octomore that there will always be a secret to revealed.

3 tens

Complex and challenging, there is no parallel to the innovative range of whiskies we create here at Bruichladdich.

Embracing the widest spectrum of peating levels we famously celebrate variety by exploring the provenance of barley and cask influence – but we also mark the passage of time. Age statements can be important.

Our previous releases of Laddie Ten, Port Charlotte 10 and the Octomore 10 were iconic and unforgettable, but quantities were limited. they helped us mark a very special moment, the passing of the first decade in the renaissance of this victorian Islay distillery.

SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED SINCE THAT LANDMARK MOMENT.

Just last year the Head Distiller’s baton passed from Jim McEwan to Adam Hannett.

Adam had worked with Jim here on the western shore of Loch Indaal for over a decade before the Master Distiller retired.

Driving our programme of innovation forward, Adam believes that the time is now right to release limited quantities of three, all-new, ten year olds.

THESE SECOND EDITIONS ARE VERY DIFFERENT TO THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS PREDECESSORS.


Created by a different hand from a different recipe of casks, these drams represent a snapshot in time.

Diverse in style, they are intimately united by the inviolable principles that underpin the quality of our spirit. Like all those that have passed before them from The House of Bruichladdich, these superb single malt whiskies were trickle distilled using all-Scottish barley and matured for their whole life here, on Islay, in our salt-soaked maritime warehouses.

They have been bottled at the distillery using Islay spring water, without the use of chill filtration or the addition of artificial colouring.

“Although dramatically different from one another, the DNA of the House of Bruichladdich is apparent throughout – delicate, elegantly floral spirit and the characteristic marine influence, that salt-citrus tang that can only come from maturation by the sea.”

– Adam Hannett

OCTOMORE FARM, ONCE THE SITE OF A SMALL 19TH CENTURY DISTILLERY, IS SITUATED HIGH ON THE HILL ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF PORT CHARLOTTE.


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