Bruichladdich is not resting on its laurels. Showing
remarkable finesse, Bruichladdich have managed to maintain links to its heritage
while simultaneously forging an entirely new, modern path. In 1881,
Bruichladdich introduced state-of-the-art machinery and methods that set them
apart from the island’s other, older distilleries. Like other Islay brands,
Bruichladdich had a hard time throughout the second half of the twentieth
century, and in 1994 it was shut down. A group of local investors dismantled the
run-down distillery and rebuilt it, incorporating pieces of the original 1881
equipment into a modern factory design. One such piece is one of the tall,
narrow stills from 1881, which is now the oldest functioning still in all of
Scotland. The world's most heavily peated single malt has had a brobdingnagian
effect on a world aching for a challenge to comfortable convention. An esoteric
series of numbered, experimental, mostly very limited releases, has fatally
undermined the assumption that the quality of Scotch whisky is simply a function
of its age. Titanic amounts of peat but with a light, delicate complexity and a
beguiling finesse. Octomore has a complex array of flavors, from seaweed and
leather to citrus and vanilla, as well as the single malt’s notable weight and
depth. Young, yet eminently mature, it defies us. It remains an enigma. We
It, Now! |
A limited edition expression, Octomore has a weird
bottle-shape, a special coating and a black box.
Once distilled, Octomore spends five years in American oak
before being bottled.
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