Octomore Masterclass 08.2/167
Peated Single Malt
Octomore // Islay, Scotland
Released as part of the Octomore Eights series, this Islay single malt was distilled from 100% Scottish barley which was peated to a level of 167ppm (parts per million). The single malt aged for its first six years in one of three styles of second-fill, European oak wine barrels: French mourvèdre, French Sauternes, or Austrian sweet wine. The final two years of maturation were done in fresh Amarone casks. 36,000 bottles were produced. This is a travel retail exclusive.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeEuropean oak ex-wine barrels, finished in Amarone wine casks
"This is surprising. One of the most peated whiskies in the world and yet it brings the term “Less is more" to mind. The bouquet is a mixture of both wet and dry peat. Chocolate oranges, smoldering charcoal, and heather are lodged in there as well. The palate begins sweet with creamy chocolate and oily peat and finishes with scorched orange peel and hot ashes. Everything gets a bit better after a few drops of water. The palate has more clarity, the finish is balanced, and everything is a touch more savory. This whisky shrugs off unnecessary flourishes and is better for it."