OCTOMORE 7.1 is the benchmark of the seventh edition of this cult single malt to be released by Bruichladdich, the progressive Hebridean distillery on the island of Islay.
Octomore is recognised as the world’s most heavily-peated whisky series. It is named after Octomore Farm, once a small distillery, located high on a hill just outside the village of Port Charlotte.
Says a spokesperson: “Our maltsters face a challenge with each barley harvest destined for Octomore – to try and coax as many phenols into the grain as they can.
“This is delicate, inexact art rather than science, the results varying according to a complex suite of factors, each a celebration of points of difference.
“Each edition is therefore unique, limited, finite. It can never be reproduced.:
7.1 continues this tradition.
Each year’s harvest is different , the creation of a new expression exemplifying the master distiller’s art.
Using only barley sourced from the Scottish mainland, 7.1 is peated to 208ppm, but Octomore is about much more than the raw power of massive phenols.
It is an intellectual challenge, a sensory exploration of barley provenance, cask management and artisanal distillation techniques.
Each new Octomore generates a huge amount of anticipation and excitement from connoisseurs and collectors around the world who have developed an appreciation of the alchemical methods employed by the artisans who operate the tall elegant stills at Bruichladdich under the watchful eye of master distiller, Jim McEwan.
Challenging conventional wisdom, 7.1 is released at five years-old to maximise the awesome power and vigour of the phenols.
Matured in American oak and bottled at 59.5%abv, without chill filtration, the spirit retains its unctuous mouthfeel and presents its natural colour like summer sun on Hebridean sand.
Jim McEwan describes the nose as: “Like sea spray and caramel, lemon balm and pipe tobacco.
“Slowly, the peat rises from the glass, gentle but strong, lifting vanilla, mint, toffee, golden syrup and almond.”
On the palate, he finds: “Smoothness, sweetness and then smoke. A texture like no other, satin soft and devilishly warming.
“The American oak influence is in perfect tune with the smoke and soft fruits that have been delicately coaxed from the still during an exceptionally slow distillation.”
All Octomore is matured for all of its life in warehouses close to Loch Indaal and this marine influence is reflected in the mood created by this remarkable new single malt.
The feeling is of long summer nights turning cooler as autumn approaches.
This dram will transport you to Islay, to watch the sun setting over the sea while breathing in the peat smoke hanging in the air.
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