AS PROGRESSIVE DISTILLERS OF SINGLE MALT WHISKIES, WE BELIEVE THAT OUR RAW MATERIALS DESERVE RESPECT.
In the world of fine wine, terroir is a concept that reflects the in influence of soil, subsoil, exposure, orientation, climate and micro-climate on the grape harvest. The great vineyards revere terroir for the subtle nuances of traceable character, flavour, lineage and integrity it bestows. As distillers of the world’s most thought-provoking single malt Scotch whiskies, we believe they are right.
We believe that the provenance of our barley matters and for a number of years now, thanks to James we have been able to distil a limited amount of Octomore spirit from barley grown on Octomore Farm. The effect of terroir on barley produces variation not just at a regional level but also from farm to farm and from harvest to harvest.
We believe it imparts new dimensions and variety to sensory perception.
Octomore 07.3 is another milestone on our journey of discovery, proudly recording vintage, field, barley variety, distillation and cask management profiles.
The analogy with fine wine is a powerful one. Industrial producers of whisky would rather their ‘consumers’ concentrated on a homogenised product image rather than addressing more esoteric concepts such as terroir.