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The beauty and the beast: chic French Wine and Scottish heavy peat smoke.
As early as the 18th century, the Harvey family was a big player on the distilling map of the island of Islay, where they owned and operated several distilleries. In 1881, the three Harvey brothers – William, John, and Robert – received an inheritance; can you guess what they spent it on? Obviously, they opened a new state-of-the-art distillery on the island of Islay – Bruichladdich. Today, this producer of 1.5 million liters of the finest Scotch Whisky per year is owned by the French company Remy Cointreau, which totally explains their Wine-based approach that focuses on origin, terroir, traceability, and authenticity.
Part of the heavily peated line of Bruichladdich’s more daring expressions, Octomore 12.2 takes after their super chic Octomore 4.2, which instantly became one of their most iconic Whiskies. Octomore 12.2 confirms once again that sweet French dessert Wine from the Sauternes region makes a great pair with heavy peat smoke. The recipe for this Anglo-French alliance begins in 2015 with the distillation of 100% Scottish Concerto barley. Maturation takes place from A to Z on the island of Islay; first in a 50/50 combo of 1st and 2nd fill American Whiskey casks that are married together and then finished in French Sauternes Wine casks. It tastes like if luscious, sweet fruit married lemon zest and vanilla pods with caramel, baking spices, and, of course, peat smoke all invited to the wedding. Oh, and there's only 22,000 bottles available worldwide.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Melon, honey, smoked almonds, toasted oak, earthy smoke.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet fruit, lemon zest, vanilla pods, melon, orange blossom, caramel, baking spices, smoke, malt sweetness.
Salty lemon tang, oak, earthy peat smoke.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Bruichladdich Octomore 12.2 and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.