It … is … ALIVE! The mad scientists at Bruichladdich have unleashed their Octomore single-malt monster once again!
is one of the most impressive distilleries in Scotland
. It was built on Islay
in 1881 by the Harvey brothers
, who came from a dynastic Whisky family. The brothers had wanted to create a distillery that was the very antithesis of an Islay farm distillery. They built a cathedral-like, state-of-the-art Victorian still house, where they used 6m tall stills, which was unheard of at that time.
Now owned by Remy Cointreau, the distillery remains pretty much the same as it has for the last 100 years. Their belief is, as the French culinary saying goes, "it is in the oldest pots that the best soup is made.” Slow fermentation, slow distillation, in very traditional, wooden vats and huge washes made from towering Douglas Fir.
Can’t you just imaging Liam Neeson as Zeus,
standing on the wind-swept Islay shore and commanding, “Release the Octomore!”
And them a humongous, black beast rises from the peat bogs with eight tentacled arms. That would be soooooo cool!
But in this case, Octomore
is the name of a local farm that provides the barley for this special edition, single-malt Islay Whisky.
They proudly call this smokey dram “The World’s Most Peated Whisky”
and each year the mad scientists in the Bruichladdich Distillery
issue a limited release of the peat-monster … Octomore!
Most Islay malts have the flavor of peat smoke. Some are called “heavily peated”
and you know it when you taste it. Octomore is the peatiest peat of the peat, and sits at 169 ppm
of phenols. How they do that and manage to craft such a silky smoothness
is a miracle worthy of Zeus himself.