Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Leather, prunes, red currants and malted barley come to the fore, followed by toasted oak and hints of cinnamon, green apple and black pepper. Waves of smoke and distinct red fruits follow, complemented with cereal notes of malt and porridge. The peat smoke is dry and brooding, with a hint of burnt heather and subtle pipe tobacco from the oak.
Palate: The influence of the European oak is unmissable, with a touch of dryness balanced with the vibrancy of wood spices, smoked oak and roasted coffee. Barbeque sweetness and a crack of black pepper is complemented with rich fruit cake and dried fruits. A drop of water opens the smoke and fruity sweetness from the wine casks, bringing a beautiful balance as notes of apple and pear grow with the dram.
Finish: Smoked malt, smouldering oak and sea salt settle on the finish as Octomore’s signature earthy smoke lingers.
Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 – 5 Year Old 700ml 57.7%
A wine and sherry cask delight – Malted to 128.9 PPM.
Age: 5 years
Barley Type: 100% Scottish grown Concerto barley
Cask type: Oloroso, Amarone, Pauillac wine
Bottler: Bruichladdich Distillery
Distillation date: 2017
Release Date: 1st of February 2024 (AU)
Octomore 14.2 is pure Bruichladdich, in all her Hebridean glory, bending convention and offering us a devilish coupling of casks, ranging from 4 years in Oloroso sherry (40%), Amarone sherry 1st fill (16%) and Amarone sherry 2nd fill (44%), followed by 1 year in Pauillac wine.
Although Octomore 14.2 uses the same barley varietal and is malted to the same PPM as the 14.1, the similarities between the two ends there as the wine and sherry cask influence of this release makes for a completely different sipping experience.
The Distillery comments;
“With over 200 different cask types in the warehouses, Head Distiller, Adam Hannett, has selected casks that have previously held Oloroso and Amarone – with the distinct sweetness and nuttiness of this combination creating an exceptional single malt. Hailing from the renowned wine regions of Spain and Italy respectively, the spirit is then brought together in French oak, adding remarkable depth and complexity to the single malt.
Octomore’s signature peak smoke notoriously pairs well with Oloroso sherry casks, with the influence of the wood adding a robust, savoury flavour to the final spirit. The oak from the Amarone casks also has a significant impact on the spirit, imparting rich, red fruit notes – giving structure and cohesion to the 14.2”
Official Tasting Notes