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Made solely from barley grown on Irene's Farm in Islay (peated to 133 PPM) and aged for five years in mostly second-fill American whiskey barrels, this is a fascinating study of how a single-vintage low-yield harvest affects the whisky character. This has intense notes of malted barley, black tea, golden syrup, burning heather and smoke.
The Octomore 9 series has been named dialogos (dialogue in ancient Greek) in recognition of the whisky's ability to provoke debate amongst whisky enthusiasts.Tasting Notes (1)
Octomore 9.3 5 Year Old Farm Grown Barley
- Salt (powder)
Tasting notes from the producer
Malted barley, Horlicks, the smell of the mash going into the mashtun. Heather wildfire, black tea, golden syrup, lemon sponge.
Golden syrup in the tin, smoked tea, wort, malted barley, pear, peach melba. Sea spray, heather flowers.
Smoke, toasted oak, rye bread, salt, ozone.
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This stuff is exceptional. Tried some at The Whisky Show, and then had to buy a bottle there. If you like peaty whiskies, then along with the Kilchoman 2018 Founders Cask, it is my whisky of the year. Young, and strong ABV, but not harsh. I have never tasted barley so clearly in a whisky, a flavour profile I adore in Kilchoman Machir Bay. It's a true experience and was far better than the 9.1 or 9.2 which while good, don't have this freshness. May buy another one... Nose: You get a very strong and fresh barley smell on the first sniff. First day after harvest, with a roaring bonfire somewhere in the distance. A few medicinal and floral notes. Mouth: Absolutely incredible malted barley flavour, which retains its freshness from the nose. Slight taste of a farm, in a pleasant way. Peat is smoky and salty but not sharp, and surprisingly not overpowering. Incredibly smooth considering its age. There is a mild fruitiness, maybe mild citrus, but more of a grain undertone. Finish: Bonfire and barbecue on the beach - leaves your mouth with a taste of toasted grapes - may have had some maturation in wine casks.
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