Bruichladdich Octomore Series Sees A New Whisky Bottling That’s Still Super, Super Peaty

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / February 13, 2015

octomore-72How peaty do you like your whisky? For fans of this style one of the favorites of the genre is Scottish distillery Bruichladdich’s Octomore series. The newest bottling in this line up has just been announced, Octomore 7.2, but since it is going initially to travel retail (i.e. whisky shops in European and Asian airports), it may be a bit before you can get your hands on one.

Octomore 7.2 follows in the footsteps of previously released, super heavily peated single malts sporting numbered names. This bottling, like those, is also a limited edition run, and resulted from the marriage of whisky in “American oak casks with casks that once held Syrah created in the great vineyards of the Rhone valley in France.”

7.2 clocks in at a peat level of 208 ppm, which is a little less than a previous release in this line made from 100 percent Islay barley. It is still a significant ramp up in the peat factor in this whisky grouping, given that the last general release – Octomore 6.2 – was 167 ppm.

This five year old single malt is bottled at 58.5% ABV, and official tasting notes for it can be found below. If you want to try and track down a bottle, I would keep a watch for it here.

Nose: Golden syrup, smoke and red berry fruits to begin. The gentle smoke weaves through poached pear and apple pie from the distillation with the ripe fruits from the cask, red berries peach and apricot. As you inhale deeper, delicate floral notes unclouded by the smoke are released heather, lilies and orange blossom.

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Palate: The combination of sweet fruits and smoke is classic Octomore. Huge levels of peat sit in perfect balance with the flavours released from the cask. Add a drop or two of water and we get cherry, bramble, strawberry from the Syrah casks; cinder toffee, brown sugar, honey and crème brulee from the American oak burst through. You can feel and taste the rewards of our patience – slow trickle distillation provides the soft silky texture that coats your mouth and releases wave after wave of the soft fruit and floral fragrance.

Finish: As lemon zest, red fruit and vanilla oak fades away the deep smoke lingers, a potent reminder of the strength and character of Islay.


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