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Octomore Comus 4.2 70cl 61°

Distillery : Bruichladdich / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 39150

The Bruichladdich distillery has come up with a very bold bet: to create the most heavily peated Single Malt ever commercialised! Islay has thus been the cradle of Octomore Comus, that quickly reached the summits and became the world's most heavily peated Single Malt. In fact, after a few trials, the distillery achieved a malt aged in casks that previously contained one of the smoothest wines ever: Sauternes. Experts will credit also the phenol content of 167ppm as one of the highests. Inspired by Comus, son of Greek God Bacchus, this bottle has a rich, sweet and wild character. This unique whisky is a limited edition of 18000 bottles.

*PPM -  phenols parts per million, measuring the influence of the oily smoke peat infusing the germinated barley during the drying process. The longer the exposure, the highest the ppm value is. A well peated Islay whisky reaches a 40-50 ppm. But every whisky still develops its very own character and mouthfeel sensation, depending on the style of each distillery.

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Features

Volume0.7 L
Net Weight0.7 kg
ABV61 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryBruichladdich
CountryScotland
RegionIslay
Age5 years
PeatHeavily Peated
PackagingTube
Reference:39150

The peated whiskies of Islay are 30 to 45 ppm*. The first Octomore 1.1., released in 2007, is peated to 131ppm. And one of the last releases, the 6.3. is peated to 258ppm…


Jim McEwan from the Bruichladdich distillery recalls the philosophy by which the distillery crafted the Port Charlotte and Octomore whiskies: “When I asked Bairds, our Inverness malting house, to produce heavily peated barley, it was only curiosity. Just to see what would happen. I had in mind the taste of slow cold-smoked salmon, and I wanted to apply this to whisky. The barley took 5 days to dry… Then, I never asked to raise the peat level, this simply happened. Just like the waves on the sea, you do not always see the bigger ones rolling.”


A rare fact in Scotland, the Bruichladdich distillery uses an open mash tun. Its onion-shaped stills have a very flat base and a slender body. During distillation, alcohol vapours rise slowly, imparting finesse and elegance to the whisky.


With each release, Octomore has been developing even more depth and peated notes. Donald McKenzie, Octomore manager for the Dugas Company in France, deems that “Octomore is a technical whisky, a heavily peated, oily and powerful challenge but still extremely refined. It is a rare, excessive, exceptional whisky.”


The Octomore versions are classified by two numbers separated by a dot. The first number is the batch, the second one is an indication of the whisk maturation. 1 for 100% Bourbon casks, 2 for various cask types. 3 refers to the use of Islay barley.


*PPM -  phenols parts per million, measuring the influence of the oily smoke peat infusing the germinated barley during the drying process. The longer the exposure, the highest the ppm value is. A well peated Islay whisky reaches a 40-50 ppm. But every whisky still develops its very own character and mouthfeel sensation, depending on the style of each distillery.

Colour: golden honey.

Nose: an amazing combination of peat, fern, leather, tobacco and myrtle. Sparkled with apricots, pear syrup, candied fruits, guava, passion fruits and citrus fruits from the Sauternes cask.

Palate: stunning blend of fruits and smoke.

Finish: rich, sweet and wild.