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REST OF THE WORLD
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Originally malted to 90.3PPM, this Octomore spirit spent its first five years maturing in first fill ex-American oak casks. For its final five years, it would be re-casked into wine barriques, hailing from a bodega in northern Spain. This Ribera del Duero wine is known for its intense flavour and complexity, owing to its altitude (~900m), exposure to wind and organic production methods. The resulting Octomore single malt is viscous, sweet and structured, with a touch of dryness from the tannic European oak. Limited to 3,500 bottles, this particular Octomore is available exclusively from our website, and the Laddie Shop on Islay.
CHARACTER – The maturation in American then French Oak from Ribera del Duero has shaped and tempered the smouldering peat smoke. The depth of this combination of oak, smoke and time makes this dram a unique expression of Octomore.
NOSE – Initial notes are of Seville oranges and roasted hazelnuts, gentle peat smoke wisps around toasted oak. Lemon and pear drops, bring a touch of tart to the sweetness. There is a nutty, malty base note and as this wonderful dram opens further, vanilla from bourbon-soaked oak rises and takes on the dominance of the earthy peat smoke.
TASTE – The texture is muscular and lean, there is a warming heat, but it is held well by the depth of the oak and the brooding smoke. Golden syrup, lemon drizzle, heather honey and black cherries give some succulence alongside the toasted French oak spices and tannins. Roasted coffee and caramelised salted caramel bring a lovely sweet and savoury edge. There is always a fruity cherry and blackcurrant top note runs through the dram counteracting the oak and smoke dominance.
FINISH – Becomes a touch dark on the finish with deep smoky notes of boot polish and charred heather, the oak with its rich toasted nutty character marries wonderfully and adds a depth that needs to be explored.
COLOUR – Blood orange.
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It started with our friend ‘Demolition Dave’ helping Duncan McGillivray and his gang to demolish the old Inverleven distillery – buying up all the old equipment for scrap and loading it onto barges on the Clyde. All so Duncan had some spares to keep Bruichladdich running in the days of No Money.
As this odd flotilla was being towed round the Mull of Kintyre and up to Islay, Laddie MD Mark Reynier received an email from the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in the USA who had been monitoring distillery webcams on the grounds that our processes could have been ‘tweaked’ to produce the dreaded WMD. ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’.
Never one to allow the opportunity for a good story to pass him by, or to get his beloved distillery in the news, Reynier embellished the tale, which soon grew to involve spies and the CIA and visits by weapons inspectors. All of which made great headline-grabbing copy in the febrile media atmosphere then prevailing around WMD.
One of the stills from Inverleven was dutifully set up outside the old Victorian buildings, and became an iconic sight, with a pair of Duncan’s old wellie boots sticking out of the top to represent those weapons inspectors searching for dangerous chemicals deep in its copper bottomed interior.
A special bottling was commissioned (of course) and dubbed the ‘Whisky of Mass Distinction’ (geddit?) and much hilarity ensued. At least among the Laddies, the rest of the whisky industry having long since given up on the noisily irreverent rebels.
Things were about to get even more eccentric because, shortly afterwards, Islay fisherman John Baker was heading home to Port Ellen when he spotted something awash in the sea off the bow of his boat. Being a resourceful man, he attached a rope to said object and towed it into the pier where Gordon Currie lifted it out of the water. It proved to be a very beautiful yellow submarine.
Very conveniently, the yellow vessel had ‘Ministry of Defence’ and a telephone number stencilled on it, which was of course immediately called. What happened next was to become the stuff of legend. He was connected to the Royal Navy. “I have found your yellow submarine” said John. “We haven’t lost a yellow submarine” said the Navy. Which was an odd response as the evidence to the contrary was overwhelming.
John and Gordon then loaded the submarine onto a lorry and took it to a secret location in Port Ellen (actually fellow fisherman Harold Hastie’s back garden). The local newspaper was called, then the nationals, and the following day the red-tops were full of pictures of the two friends astride the lethal-looking machine, carrying fishing rods, and asking: “Has anybody lost a yellow submarine?”
Hilarious… unless you were the Royal Navy – who did eventually admit to it being theirs. HMS Blyth, the minesweeper that lost it, eventually came to pick it up, slipping into the pier at dawn to winch it aboard. By that time, Bruichladdich had (of course) commissioned another bottling, WMD2: The Yellow Submarine, and a box of lovely liquid was graciously offered, and accepted by the captain as a goodwill gesture.