Octomore 08.3

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Octomore Masterclass_08.3 / 309 PPM / 5 Aged years

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Initiation and provocation is followed by challenge. Growing barley on Islay is always difficult and yields are low. The autumn of 2010 was wet and windy. A late harvest saw Octomore farmer James Brown facing heavy losses from greylag geese and herds of wild red deer, resulting in a precious little yield. Malting the this Octomore grain produced results that were unprecedented, the readings came back at 309.1ppm. Following a carefully controlled trickle distillation, Octomore 08.3 was matured in 56% first fill Bourbon casks, the remaining in ex-Paulliac, Ventoux, Rhone and Burgundy casks.

OCTOMORE FARM ON THE RHINNS OF ISLAY IS A REMOTE, WILD PLACE LOCATED HIGH ON A HILL ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF PORT CHARLOTTE. THE SPIRIT THAT BEARS ITS NAME IS A THROWBACK TO THE DAYS OF FIERCE INDEPENDENCE, WHEN SELF-SUFFICIENCY WAS THE ONLY OPTION, AND THE LEGALITY OF DISTILLATION ITSELF STILL A REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT.


The word Octomore means “the big eighth” and is derived from a medieval division of common ground.

OCTOMORE FARM ON THE RHINNS OF ISLAY IS A REMOTE, WILD PLACE LOCATED HIGH ON A HILL ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF PORT CHARLOTTE. THE SPIRIT THAT BEARS ITS NAME IS A THROWBACK TO THE DAYS OF FIERCE INDEPENDENCE, WHEN SELF-SUFFICIENCY WAS THE ONLY OPTION, AND THE LEGALITY OF DISTILLATION ITSELF STILL A REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT.


The word Octomore means “the big eighth” and is derived from a medieval division of common ground.

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Octomore 08.3

Tasting Notes


CHARACTER – This is the ultimate Islay Octomore. A thunderstorm of a dram. Close your eyes as you take the first sip and allow your senses to shut down as you focus on processing this fascinating dram.

AROMA – Toasted oak and muddy/peaty smoke, bandages. Maple syrup, fresh linen, sea shells. Evokes a memory of lying in the heather on the peat moss, the warm sun coaxing the scent from the wild flowers. The fruit is cherry, peach and mango, with creme brulee and toffee from the oak and barley.

TASTE – Initially a surprise as the stellar level of peat is bitter and over-whelming. Another sip opens with up with cherry and peach and toasted sweet oak, dark chocolate, boot polish and seaweed. At this level the peat is like a thundercloud, darkening the atmosphere. You can feel it in your bones.

FINISH – Complex, cre?me brulee with caramelised brown sugar slightly overdone. Dark plum, orange and kiwi sit well with the malted barley sweetness. The peat smoke is a tremendous presence offering roasted coffee, burnt heather and a place in your memory forever.

COLOUR – Golden syrup.

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