Bruichladdich Octomore 08.3 Masterclass

Bruichladdich Octomore 08.3 Masterclass

(0.7l, 61.2%)


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The most heavily peated Whisky in the world.

Bruichladdich is an award-winning distillery from the world of malt-making business. Always ahead of time. Employing generations of distilling knowledge and the principle of minimal intervention. Built in 1881 on the wild Scottish island of Islay, their distillery still uses the original Victorian equipment to create a range of single malt Whiskies that are trickle distilled. Almost 150 years have passed since the distillery introduced their first product to the public, but the mad scientists at Bruichladdich are still breaking new ground when it comes to Whisky production. The man wearing the big shoes of his predecessors today, Bruichladdich Head Distiller, Adam Hannett continues that legacy of his fellow-head-distillers before him. 

The distillery - once known for making only unpeated Whisky in a peat stronghold of Islay - decided to break, even smash (!) the tradition with their Octomore collection. It started out as a late night dram conversation round the fire –  “what if we distilled the most heavily peated Whisky in the world?” And distill they did. Yes sir. The rest is history.

This is the ultimate Octomore. Because even though the whole range is packing peat, Bruichladdich Octomore 8.3 is the peatiest of them all. The most heavily peated Octomore to date and what’s even more extraordinary – the most heavily peated Whisky in the World. The numbers back the claim – this edition produced a reading of 309.1 PPM (phenol parts per million), which is the highest ever recorded. Holy smoke! But the numbers, albeit impressive, don’t tell the whole story. This is a true thunderstorm of a dram. Made from barley grown in a single field on Islay, the peat monster was matured for five years in a combination of ex-Bourbon casks and ex-wine casks made from European oak and bottled at a whopping 61,2% ABV. Each and every drop of this exquisite dram is full of force and confidence and firing on all cylinders of flavor.

Can you take the peat? 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    61.2%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    5 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

Flavour Spiral™

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peaty
caramel
smoky
oak
spicy
cinnamon
honey
phenols
syrup
What does Bruichladdich Octomore 08.3 Masterclass taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Maple syrup.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Peat smoke, Honey, Toffee.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rich oak, Caramel, Cinnamon.

Finish
Long, spicy and super intense. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Garry
Garry,
One of the best octomore I have tried.
 
Zack
Zack,
My first foray into the Octomore series. I'm a big peat lover and this packed a wallop. I agree that it's best tasted neat at first, but I thought it opened up nicely with a drop or two of water and revealed some flavors other than over-the-top peat. I really enjoyed this.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Amazing!
 
Michael
Michael,
Love the peat.
 
Alon
Alon,
Has a much stronger kick than the 07.1. I love it, but drinking it alongside the 07.1, I think I prefer the 07.1. The 08.3 is a little more oily, which I like. It's amazing how relatively smooth this scotch is given the ridiculous alcohol content. BTW - did you know that phenols are powerful antioxidants and are good for you??
 
Patrick
Patrick,
I really dig peaty whisky. The Octomore 7.1 currently sits at the throne. It's the one that opened my taste buds to the enjoyable world of peat. Only downside is that I'm now spoiled and it might be difficult for me to enjoy cheaper Scotch. The 8.3 is excellent. Not as good as the 7.1 but I still think it deserves a 10. It's amazing how high they bottled the alcohol %, yet it's amazingly smooth. Do not jump the gun and add water or ice. Experience it neat at first.
Patrick
Patrick,
Update: a drop or two of water opened it up very nicely. Still amazing how little smoke you get on the nose. It's like inhaling the Islay salty ocean air...but once you take a sip, a train of phenols hits you. Neat or with water, both fantastic.
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