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Octomore Edition 11.3 | 5 Years Old - Islay Barley

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Octomore 11.3 from Bruichladdich distillery, distilled in 2014 from 100% local Concerto barley harvested in 2013 at James Browns farm on Islay. Malted to 194PPM, matured on Islay for 5 years in first fill American whisky casks from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels. Bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery at 61.7% vol.

ABV (Strength)

61.7

Cask Strength

Yes

Age

5

Distillery

Bruichladdich

Bottler

Distillery Bottling

Bottle Size

70cl

Bottling Date

2020

Region

Islay

Country

Scotland

Style

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Vintage

2014

Tasting Notes

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Tasting Notes

Octomore 11.3 Producer Tasting Notes

CHARACTER – Such a distinct expression of Octomore, so much of the flavour comes from the malted barley and the distillation. The distillation techniques allow us to slowly coax the flavours from the grain influenced so much by the location it is grown and truly express a unique flavour based on these fundamentals. 

AROMA – Eight floral character on the nose, Summery and bright. The peat smoke is slow to rise initially but comes through with a light touch, clean and dry and very much in the background. Lovely light floral notes and sweet citrus, with honey and vanilla really holding everything together. 

TASTE – Texturally this dram has a fantastic presence on the palate, holding the high strength perfectly. A gentle sweetness, honey and fruit syrup arrive, orange blossom, apricot jam and again the floral bouquet all gentle soft notes are holding off the phenols, a testament to the distillation techniques to allow the character of our spirit to come through with being dominated by the high level of phenols. 

FINISH – Naturally the phenolic presence comes through on the finish, the floral notes fade and the dry smoke, earthy with dry grass come through. Burnt heather, toffee and malt sugar all play a part in a complex long finish. 

COLOUR – Barley straw.

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