Our host decided to pay tribute to whisky veteran Jim McEwan with an interesting line-up bottled by “That Boutique-y Whisky Company.”
Truth be told, had our explorations of the 3rd whisky been wildly successful, we likely would have stopped there. Three really is a perfect tasting number. However the Bruichladdich was such a peculiar one that our host brought out one more…
And…. we were so LUCKY that he did!
So, why did Jim McEwan create Octomore? Here is what he has to say:
‘I was tired of people saying that Bruichladdich wasn’t a true Islay as it wasn’t peated. From 1881 to 1960 it was peated. I resurrected a peated malt and called it Port Charlotte to stop those people. Then I decided to make Octomore to shut everyone up for ever.’
We sampled the Octomore blind, followed by the surprising reveal…
Octomore 6 year, Batch 1, 50.4% (TBWC) Bottle 608 of 796
- Nose – Wonderful! Oil and peat, lemon, wet fur, a wild marine sea spray, some sea weed, shifting into a rich sweet spice, roasted cinnamon
- Palate – Ooooooh! Gorgeous and just simply – beautiful. It rolled around like silk, with such a lovely balance, something to savour…
- Finish – What a pleasure! A long delicious spice
We loved the peat as it was perfectly balanced, not too heavy, none of that asphalt or ashtray peat… just salt sweat and peat in delightful harmony. In short it was sublime!
The debate began – leave perfection as is? Or add some water…
We gave in to temptation… and discovered it was even better?! Bringing out a lovely earthy quality on the nose, initially so much yummy spice on the palate, then settled down to become even more enjoyable, shifting between cinnamon toast, salty toffee, simply delicious!
It was absolutely unanimous – we all agreed this was a brilliant dram. One to just enjoy. We ran out of words as we sat back and simply indulged, feeling exceedingly pampered.
Here is what the folks over at That Boutique-y Whisky Company have to say about their 2nd batch as the notes for the 1st batch are no longer available:
The discovery of our bottling of Octomore single malt is displayed on its label in three acts. Act I: Research. Act II: Revelation. Act III: Request. A timeless tale for the ages. The most heavily-peated whiskies from Islay-based distillery Bruichladdich are released under the name Octomore, and they have a reputation for being particularly intense…
- Nose: Medicinal peaty notes with polished leather. Liquorice toffees, charcoal burning smoke and sea spray.
- Palate: Sweet white grapes, prickly pepper, with a woody bonfire smoke and a pinch of salt.
- Finish: Dry, spicy, and that hint of salt is still there while the smoke lingers
And what would this Octomore set you back for a 50 cl bottle? The recommended retail price is £144.95.
What did we sample in our tribute to Jim McEwan?
- Mackmyra 3 year, Batch 1, 47.2% (TBWC)
- Bowmore 27 year, Batch 5, 47.6% (TBWC)
- Bruichladdich 13 year, Batch 11, 47.6% (TBWC)
As for other Octomore explorations? Here are a few highlights:
- Octomore 5_169 59.5%
- Octomore 7.1_208 5 years PPM 208 59.5%
- Octomore 7.2_208 5 years PPM 208 58.5%
- Peat Progression Evening!
- Whisky Live Singapore 2016
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