Transparency is a great thing, and I love how much information Bruichladdich provides on their most recent Octomore releases. Just check out my review of the three Octomore Dialogos from a few months ago. For a whisky enthusiast, that’s a gold mine.
The latest release of the Octomore 10 Years Old is also part of the Dialogos series, and low and behold, there’s plenty of details available again.
Malted to 167PPM
Distilled from 100% Scottish grown Optic barley, harvested in 2007 and distilled in 2008
Matured entirely on Islay for 10 years in Port, Cognac, ex-American whiskey and Virgin Oak casks
Full term maturation in 1st fill Port pipes (37%), 1st fill Cognac casks (31%), 2nd fill ex American whiskey casks (20%)
With an additional parcel from 3 years first fill ex American, 2 years virgin oak, final 6 years in ex American whiskey casks (12%)
Limited to 12,000 bottles
Octomore 10 Years Old Dialogos (56.8%, OB, 2018)
Nose: Hints of malted barley and straw, with notes of tobacco as well. A pronounced peat influence, obviously. There’s a touch of varnish, as well as vanilla custard, golden syrup and bitter oranges peel. Taste: Warm and comforting bonfire smoke, with leather and tobacco leaves, and a touch of medicinal peat and rubber. A whiff of marzipan. Finish: Lingering vanilla, ash, and smoke. Long.
Another excellent Octomore from Bruichladdich. It lacks a bit of complexity, but makes up for it with boldness and power.