Distilled from Scottish barley in 2013,
Octomore 10.1 is the benchmark of the 10s series. Deliberately stripped back to an ex-American oak maturation, aged just 5 years old, the .1 edition exposes the structure and presence of the Octomore spirit. Combining smoke with a modest maturation, this 10.1 first and foremost demonstrates the true potential of a considered, patient distillation.
The titanic peat of Bruichladdich’s experimental Octomore whiskies have earned them a cult following, which has developed into rampant demand. 10.1 is the very first release in their new Octomore 10 series, making it extremely collectable and one not to be missed.
For the 10th series, Bruichladdich have claimed to be exploring the “softer smoke”. While that might be true relatively, this is still a beast peated to 107ppm. Distilled in 2013 using Scottish-grown Concerto barley, Octomore 10.1 has been aged for five years in first-fill Bourbon casks sourced from a who’s who of American whiskey (think Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels). Bottled at a warming full strength of 59.8%, only 42,000 bottles were created. What’s inside is as dark and lithe as the bottle. Expect smoked salt, burnt orange peel, flambéed pineapple, tropical fruit drizzled with honey, toffee apple, coal tar soap, leather, marzipan, gooseberry jam, barley sugar, sea spray, the burnt rubber of squealing tyres, salted caramel, and what we imagine the aftermath of a forest fire must be like after being drenched with water.
Although not for the faint hearted, Octomore is a magnificently muscular spirit that pays tribute to the raw materials, geography and climate of the island of Islay like no other.