Octomore/4 single malt whisky from Islay is the fourth release of this style bottled in June 2011, aged 5 years. This is the most highly peated whisky every at a heady 167ppm, limited to 15000 bottles worldwide.
Jim McEwans tasting notes
Body : The body is lean and muscular with the smouldering heat of a heath fire just being held in check by the strength of the oak. This is a spiritual soul, unconfined, independent and masters less - Hallelujah!
Nose / Palate: Your expectations are about to be rewarded as a heat haze of peat smoke, bog myrtle, heather, wild thyme and juniper all harmonise to lift the awaiting senses into a state of total joy. Next, a beautiful note of yellow riverside flowers - primrose, buttercup and wild Lilies can be detected then the wind changes and now the aromatics are of warm barley fields just before harvest, plus the sweet vanilla notes from the Bourbon soaked oak. Then, as time slips by little aromas of soft green citrus fruits, lemon zest and clover honey all slipstream on a cooling marine sea breeze arrive. It's a hedonistic aromatic experience. After some aeration and interaction the notes all rise as one, completely blowing your mind. It's only when you taste the spirit that you wonder how a spirit so heavily peated can provide such harmonisation of aromas and flavours at such a young age. The answer is slow distillation, the tightest middle cut ever and maturation in fresh American oak casks next to the Atlantic Ocean. So you're not just tasting peat, peat and more peat. This is a strong flavoursome handsome proud young son of the Stills with a warm open Gaelic heart, unconfined by Phenolic overload, untainted by additives, not stripped of its pride by chill-filtration and made by real people with passion and almost rare skills. Discerning followers of this Islands' malt whiskies deserve nothing less.
Finish: The finish is long and mellow and will end on a beautiful sunset of smoke and fruit syrup. Its 100% Islay DNA and I am delighted you have been introduced to the latest addition to the Bruichladdich family.