Bruichladdich is one of the 8 operational distilleries on the Scottish island of Islay, built in 1881. Today Bruichladdich uses all original equipment and traditional methods, utilizing barley only from the local farmers on the island to produce exceptionally high quality scotch whisky, which is always non chill-filtered, coloring free, and bottled either at 46% alc/vol, or higher (check, check, and check!).
Bruichladdich produces an unpeated whisky, such as their Laddie line up, and heavily peated malts under Port Charlotte sub label, as well as the Octomore single malt, marketed as the peatiest single malt on the planet. Bruichladdich distillery has the tallest stills on Islay, therefore their malts are known for their elegant and refined, floral taste profile.
So the Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year old is finally here! Voted Single Malt of the year 2010 by Jim Murray, and only ever released at 5 years of age, the question has always been asked: “How will this incredible spirit develop with age?” Now for the first time lucky few will know. ONLY 6,000 BOTTLES OF THIS FIRST OCTOMORE 10 YEAR OLD RELEASED, TAKING THIS NEW CULT ISLAY TO ANOTHER LEVEL. As a prelude to an ongoing 10 year old Octomore this expression is peated to 80.5 ppm and bottled at 50% alc/vol.
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 flavor 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.
PALATE: 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.
FINISH: The decade wait has been worth while. There is pride in the character and honesty of this Islay son.
A very limited number of bottles available! Limit one per customer, while supply lasts!