Octomore 10.1 / 107ppm / 5 Years Old (59.8%, OB, 2019)
- ABV: 59.8%
- Age: 5 Years Old
- Bottling: OB
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £125
- Origin: Bruichladdich distillery
- Vintage: 2013
What they say
Distilled from Scottish barley in 2013, Octomore 10.1 is the benchmark of the 10s series. Deliberately stripped back to an ex- American oak maturation, aged just 5 years old, the .1 edition exposes the structure and presence of the Octomore spirit. Combining smoke with a modest maturation, this 10.1 first and foremost demonstrates the true potential of a considered, patient distillation.
- MALTED TO 107PPM
- DISTILLED IN 2013 FROM THE 2012 HARVEST FROM 100% SCOTTISH GROWN CONCERTO BARLEY
- MATURED ENTIRELY ON ISLAY FOR FIVE YEARS
- FULL TERM MATURATION IN 1ST FILL AMERICAN WHISKEY CASKS FROM JIM BEAM, HEAVEN HILL, BUFFALO TRACE AND JACK DANIELS
- BOTTLED UNCHILL-FILTERED AND COLOURING FREE AT BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY, 59.8% ALC. / VOL
- LIMITED TO 42,000 BOTTLES
Official tasting notes:
AROMA – Vanilla led, caramel, hints of smoke but tamed back. candied apple, gooseberry and marzipan.
TASTE – Soft yet powerful and warming on the palate, peppery, barley sugar, smokey – dried earth and hints of rubber. Warm sand, sweetness of charred oak and pineapple.
FINISH – Sweetness from tablet/fudge and a strong peat smoke and cold marine air combination.
What I say
The basic 10.1 Octomore expression, 107ppm and matured for 5 years in ex-American oak.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Mid gold (6/20), numerous, medium-fine tears and fine legs.
- Nose: Sweet and mealy, malted barley, porridge oats, flapjacks, honey and syrup, rich, turfy peat, coal-tar soap and graphite pencils, iodine, doctors surgery, sweet peat.
- Taste: Spirity and phenolic, sharp and spiced, brown sugar crystals, earthy, strong peat, honey, orange zest possibly some lemon and lime too, thick barley malt, vanilla, ginger, chestnut oil, woody.
- Finish: Long, fruity sweet, wood chips and clove oil.
For a 5 year old whisky this is very drinkable and accomplished, full on oak and peat on the nose and revals even more on the palate, sweet.
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