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Bruichladdich Octomore Masterclass 8.3 Islay Barley 309 PPM

Peatiest Octomore yet at 309 PPM

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@galgReview by @galg

18th Dec 2017


Bruichladdich Octomore Masterclass 8.3 Islay Barley 309 PPM
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This is most heavily-peated octomore to date (309ppm!!), but remember this is pre-distillation so actual post distillation ppm will be much lower, but still this is HUGE. Following a carefully controlled trickle distillation, the spirit was matured in 56% first fill Bourbon casks, the remaining in ex-Paulliac, Ventoux, Rhone and Burgundy casks. This is a very unique Octomore as the barley came from one farm, one field, one vintage… [Distilled in 2011 from 2010 harvest] , Aged 5 years,18,000 btls , and bottled at 61.2% ABV

Nose: Quite medicinal at first (infirmary notes, wasted bandages, and hints of iodine), but also sweet, and fruity (we got some wine here too, right?), vanilla is king with a subdued sort of sweet peat , butter-y and creamy at times. quite a three faced beast I’d say.

Palate: Quite a hot entry, with chilly, that’s toned down with time, more buttery -sweet notes, and sweet smoke engulfing your palate. There’s a lot of peat, but it certainly doesn’t feel THAT peaty, i guess most is lost in distillation and the deltas are not so large. Sweet wood, and more vanilla.

Finish: Smoky sweet, with maple glazed bacon, and earthy peat.

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