|Bruichladdich, Octomore 6.1 Scottish Barley (Scotland) |
Octomore was first distilled at Bruichladdich distillery on 23rd October 2002, and the avowed intent was to produce the peatiest whisky in the world. The latest edition of Octomore is the sixth, and has been produced from Scottish-grown barley, which was peated to a massive 167 ppm!. Maturation of this no-age-statement whisky has taken place in American oak barrels.
The nose opens with a big hit of sweet peat, ozone and rock pools. Supple leather, damp tweed jackets in a smoky bar. Peat initially threatens to overwhelm the palate, but is held in check by allspice, vanilla and apple and pears fruitiness. Very long in the finish, with dry-roasted nuts, chilli and wood smoke.
57.0% ABV, 70cl, £100.00, specialist whisky merchants.