12th October 2012
is a landmark and highly limited release
of the cult Islay spirit and for the
first time at 10 aged years.
In only a few years this quite
exceptional spirit has built a towering
reputation as a unique and highly
sophisticated dram. Combining the power
of the world’s most heavily peated
barley with the purity and elegance of
spirit produced by the classic
long-necked Bruichladdich stills, this
is a dram for the connoisseur and the
enlightened student of peat.
Voted single malt of the year 2010 by
Jim Murray, and only ever released at
five years of age, the question has
always been asked: “how will this
incredible spirit develop with age?” Now
for the first time a lucky few will
know. Only 6,000 bottles of this first
Octomore 10 year old will be released,
taking this new cult Islay to another
level. As a prelude to an ongoing 10
year old Octomore, this expression is
peated to 80.5ppm and bottled at 50% ABV
and of course non-chill-filtered and
Octomore 10 Year Old Tasting Notes
Producer's Tasting Notes:
Nose: The aromatics rise rapidly.
First to arrive, easy to detect, is
smoky chocolate and raisin, followed by
wild, fresh mint, which together with
the oily peatiness is absolute olfactory
heaven. This is the precursor to a
unique compendium of flavour
combinations – juniper, sage, thyme,
cinnamon – together they bring you the
bouquet of this island’s unique
character. Fresh marine notes join the
olfactory orchestra and the music is
magical! After six minutes the most
sumptuous combination of nutty oak and
sweet malted barley join the overture.
After ten minutes it’s peated marzipan,
honey and lemon curd plus the lighter
green fruits unique to Bruichladdich.
The amazingly understated power is not
picked up on the nose so the palate is
completely taken by surprise. The
medium-weighted, almost creamy flavours,
are a combination of finesse and muscle.
Sweetness and fruit remain on the front
palate, while marine and peat smoke move
onto the mid and back palate. The rich
extracts gel together thanks to the
retention of the natural oils. A most
alluring mouth feel.
The decade wait has been worth while.
There is pride in the character and
honesty of this Islay son.
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