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Bruichladdich Octomore 11.3 Single Malt Whiskey

SKU e80bb8e963b2 Categories Whiskey, Spirits Tags Single Malt Whisky, Bruichladdich Octomore

$300.00

Size
750ml, bottle

Bruichladdich Octomore 11.3 Single Malt Whisky is a bold and peaty expression for those who enjoy a taste of the wild Scottish coast. Hailing from the legendary Islay region, this whisky is known for its heavily peated malted barley, resulting in intense smoke character alongside hints of fruit and spice. It's a single malt that demands attention and is sure to tantalize the taste buds of peat enthusiasts.

Description

Aroma

Initial Impression: Prepare for a tidal wave of smoke. Imagine a bonfire roaring on a crisp Islay evening, the pungent peat smoke swirling around you. Hints of medicinal bandages or antiseptic might be present, a classic characteristic of heavily peated malts. This initial blast can be overwhelming, so breathe deeply and allow your nose to adjust.

Deeper Sniffs: As you delve deeper, a surprising complexity starts to emerge. Hints of citrus fruits like grapefruit or lemon peel might fight their way through the smoke, offering a refreshing counterpoint and a touch of zest. Some enthusiasts detect a subtle maritime note, reminiscent of salty sea air and seaweed, adding another layer of Islay character. Depending on the specific cask used, a hint of honey or vanilla might emerge, a whisper of sweetness struggling to be heard amidst the smoke.

Palate

First Sip: The full-bodied character fills your mouth with a robust and weighty sensation. The high ABV (typically cask strength around 58-60% ABV) delivers a powerful warmth that spreads through your chest. The smoke flavor explodes on your palate, replicating the bonfire experience from the aroma. Medicinal peat, earthy Islay notes, and a touch of char from the toasted oak barrels dominate the initial impression.

Midpalate: As the whisky opens up, the complexity starts to unfold. Despite the smoke’s dominance, hints of fruit like grapefruit or orange segments might become more apparent, adding a burst of citrusy sweetness that momentarily cuts through the smoke.  For some, a subtle touch of honey or vanilla might emerge, offering a fleeting moment of balance. The oak influence might reveal itself with a hint of dry cocoa powder or even a touch of spice like clove or cinnamon, adding another layer of intrigue.

Finish

Lingering Flavors: The smoke character lingers long after the last sip, slowly fading and leaving a warming sensation on your palate. Hints of medicinal peat and earthy Islay notes remain alongside a subtle touch of citrus zest or even a whisper of sweetness from the honey/vanilla notes. The overall finish is long, intense, and incredibly satisfying for those who appreciate the full peat experience.

Additional information

Product Type

Whiskey

Style

Single Malt

abv

61.70%

Country

Scotland

Brand

Bruichladdich

Size

750ml, bottle

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Tasting Notes

Finish

Finish

Dry smoke, earthy with dry grass come through. Burnt heather, toffee and malt sugar all play a part in a complex long finish

Taste

Taste

Spirit is floral and fruity on the nose, and on the palate a huge malty character at the fore with a sensation of barley flour sweetness and smoked orange peel.

Aroma

Aroma

Summery and bright. Lovely light floral notes and sweet citrus, with honey and vanilla really holding everything together.