Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Aromas of malt sugar and gentle peat smoke lead you into the dram. Layers of fresh green fruit come next followed by rose, geranium, apricot, and eucalyptus. Marzipan, ginger nut biscuits, and honeyed melon can also come through, with the malty fruity character coming to the fore with a little time. Adding a drop of water will bring out the peat smoke beautifully.
Palate: A soft and delicate on the palate, sweet honey and brown sugar give way to a whisper of peat smoke. The second sip brings lemon rind and seashells, a delicate marine hint along with malty
biscuit notes and marzipan and coconut. The peat smoke has hints of boot polish and ash but is gentle enough to allow the subtle floral malty notes to shine.
Finish: The marine character develops and the smoke increases on the palate, honey and lemon with warm sand and marzipan. Final fruity traces of peach and stewed pears bring a little sweetness to the finish.
Bruichladdich Octomore 13.3 – 5 Year Old 700ml 61.1%
A very limited Australian allocation – Malted to 129.3 PPM.
Age: 5 years
Cask type: American & European Oak
Bottler: Bruichladdich Distillery
Distillation date: 2016
Release Date: January 2023 (AU)
The 13 series has arrived, and we were lucky enough to sample all three expressions. Contrary to popular belief that the series has been (for lack of a better word) ‘incomplete’ in previous years, this 13 series will please even the staunchest whisky aficionado. Every bottling is simply sublime – a throwback to earlier Octomore’s with the added twist of full-term Oloroso maturation in the 13.2 which will be available to wider retail next month.
Distilled in 2016 from the 2015 harvest of 100% Octomore Farm, Islay grown, Concerto barley, this release is matured in a foundational parcel of first fill ex-American whiskey barrels and a supplementary selection of second fill European oak casks, hailing from the Rivesaltes region of France and the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. It’s another cracker – Think brown sugar toast with slices of granny smith apples and fresh grass, moving to wet soil and an elegant and smoky farewell.
The Distillery comments;
“Working with Islay barley is always a privilege. The ability to present it in a single estate, single vintage, single malt is perhaps even more poetic. From year to year, Head Distiller Adam Hannett works with the base spirit bestowed upon him by the grower, together with natural factors; the changing climate and weather system, agronomic yield and the terroir of the field itself”
For a complete guide to the Octomore Numbering System, visit our Blog HERE
Official Tasting Notes