The Heavily Peated Octomore 09.x Series Surfaces From Scottish Bog - The Whiskey Wash

The Heavily Peated Octomore 09.x Series Surfaces From Scottish Bog

By Nino Marchetti / September 27, 2018

Do you like your Scotch whisky to be so heavily peated it feels like you are chewing on it? If so, then you’ve likely had at least one bottle from the Octomore series, a regular line up of super smoky releases from the Islay-based Bruichladdich distillery. The 0.9x releases are now here or soon to be here, so it is time once again to stretch your palate.

Octomore 0.9

Octomore 0.9 (image via Bruichladdich)

Bruichladdich is positioning the 0.9x releases as something called “Dialogos” in an attempt to stimulate conversations over a group of five year old whiskies which are both super heavily peated and at cask strength. The Octomores are typically a love them or hate them kind of experience, and over the next six months the following three bottlings will come to market, according to information from the distillery:

Octomore 09.1

Questioning the fundamentals of superior single malt Scotch, 09.1 is confident in its five year age statement. We demonstrate how focussing on raw ingredients can debunk the myth that older is better. 

  • Malted to 156PPM
  • Distilled from 100% Scottish grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 and distilled in 2012
  • Matured entirely on Islay for five years in ex-American whiskey casks (5yrs), full term in Jim Beam (51%), Jack Daniels (26%), Clermont (15%), Old Grand-Dad (8%)
  • Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery, 59.1% alc. / vol.
  • Limited to 42,000 bottles

Octomore 09.2

This muscular liquid has spent 4 years maturing in ex-American oak casks before being recasked into the finest French oak. Carefully selected from a legendary Bordeaux chateau, the dry peat smoke is expertly balanced with sweet fruit flavours.

  • Malted to 156PPM
  • Distilled from 100% Scottish grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 and distilled in 2012
  • Matured entirely on Islay in for five years in ex-american whiskey casks (4yrs) and 2nd fill Bordeaux red wine casks (1yr)
  • Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery, 58.2% alc. / vol.
  • Limited to 12,000 bottles, and available exclusively through Global Travel Retail

Octomore 09.3 

Just 52 tonnes of precious Islay barley were malted to produce this single farm Octomore 09.3 edition. Raised in Irene’s Field in 2011, this uber-provenance single malt was later filled into 134 casks, predominantly second-fill European oak.

  • Uber-provenance single malt whisky; one field, one farm, one vintage
  • Malted to 133PPM
  • Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012
  • Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whiskey and French wine casks
  • Five aged years in 1st fill ex-American (25%), 3rd fill virgin oak (25%), 2nd fill Rivesaltes (20%), 2nd fill Syrah (20%), 2nd fill bourbon (10%)
  • Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery, 62.9% alc. / vol.
  • Limited to 18,000 bottles