Octomore 11.1 70cl 59.4°

Distillery : Bruichladdich / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 24197

The new version of Octomore 11.1 was distilled in 2014 from a barley harvested in 2013, the latter is 100% Scottish with concerto and propino varieties. Indeed, the distillery has chosen to highlight the Scottish terroir.

It has aged for 5 years in American 1st fill barrels and it is bottled at the distillery with Islay spring water. This Single Malt is unfiltered and there is no added colouring.

It has a gourmet aromatic profile with notes of pepper and exotic fruits.

This Octomore is one of the most peated whiskies in the world with 139.6 PPM* and it is distributed in very limited edition in the world, only 840 numbered bottles are destined for France.

* PPM - parts per million - of phenolic compounds, measures the impact of oily smoke from peat that settles on germinated barley as it dries. The longer this time, the greater the value of ppm.

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Features
Volume0.7 L
ABV59.4 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryBruichladdich
CountryScotland
RegionIslay
Age5 years
MaturationBourbon
PeatHeavily Peated
CharacteristicsNon Chill-Filtered
PackagingCase
Reference:24197

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.

Nose: lemon, wet peat, mineral, pencil, peach, rhubarb, honey and a note of ginger.

Palate: sweetness of smoked barley sugar and the power of spices are perfectly balanced. Notes of apricot, toasted wood peach, vanilla. Marine and mineral notes.

Finish: malt, peat, honey, vanilla, ginger. Oily and syrupy texture.