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Made from barley grown in a single field on Islay, Octomore 8.3 is one of Bruichladdich's 'super heavily peated' whiskies. So heavily peated, in fact, that this edition produced a reading of 309.1PPM (Phenol Parts per Million), the highest ever recorded at malting. The resulting five-year-old whisky is, unsurprisingly, an intensely peaty dram which develops flavours of dark chocolate, cherry and peach.Tasting Notes (1)
Tasting notes from the producer
Toasted oak and muddy/peaty smoke, bandages. Maple syrup, fresh linen, sea shells. Evokes a memory of lying in the heather on the peat moss, the warm sun coaxing the scent from the wild flowers. The fruit is cherry, peach and mango, with crème brulee and toffee from the oak and barley.
Initially a surprise as the stellar level of peat is bitter and overwhelming. Another sip opens up cherry and peach and toasted sweet oak, dark chocolate, boot polish and seaweed. At this level the peat is a thunder cloud, darkening the atmosphere. You can feel it in your bones.
Complex, crème brulee with caramelised brown sugar slightly overdone. Dark plum, orange and kiwi sit well with the malted barley sweetness. The peat smoke is a tremendous presence offering roasted coffee, burnt heather and a place in your memory forever.
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tried one dram and bought two bottles. it is fantastic. perfect for those who loves peated whisky
Amazing. 6 of us went to Scotland in Septemer 2018. A local driver took us to a tavern on Isley with Octomore 8.3 for sale by the pour. We spent the next week looking for more with no luck. I found several bottles in the US on our return and bought them. Expensive? Yes... but it is the best whisky I have experienced. We bought some 8.2 while at Bruichladdich and it is good, but If you can find Octomore 8.3 I think you will enjoy it. Good luck!
A bit harsh on the front end, likely due to being 122 proof, but ends up nicely with smoky caramel notes.
Bought this as a gift and It is a lovely drink. I don’t like peated whiskey either!
Glad to have lived long enough to enjoy this joyful dram!
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