Octomore Masterclass 08.3/309 Islay Barley

Peated Single Malt

Octomore // Islay, Scotland

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    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 65 )

Released as part of the Octomore Eights series, this Islay single malt was aged for five years. It was distilled in 2011 from 100% Islay barley with a peated level of 309ppm (parts per million). This marks the most heavily peated Octomore to date (Aug 2017). 56% of the single malt was aged in first-fill bourbon barrels. The remainder aged in European oak which held ex-Paulliac, Ventoux, Rhône, and Burgundy wine. Bottled at 61.2% ABV. 18,000 bottles were produced.

  • age
    5 Year
  • abv
  • Peated Single Malt
    100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
  • Cask Type
    first-fill bourbon, European oak wine casks

Tasting Notes

"This is whisky that will stick to your ribs. It’s that sand you can’t get out of your shoe. This Octomore will leave its mark. The bouquet is masked a little by inescapable fumes of alcohol. That said you’ll still find, chocolate covered fruits, white pepper, and dried violets. The palate is quite smokey but there are tiny complexities behind it like clotted cream, dried chiles, iconic Octomore barley, and chocolate candy. The smoke and dry spices seem to bore into your mouth and set up residences. This should be the last drink of the night."

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