Octomore 12.1

70cl / 59.9% abv

Octomore 12.1 Octomore 12.1
Octomore 12.1


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Octomore 12.1 Description

We don’t like to get too technical when it comes to talking about whiskies, but on the odd occasion we simply must. Let’s do the easiest bits first. This 12.1 Octomore was matured on Islay for five years in first fill American whiskey casks. It is free from chill filtration, colouring, and was bottled at Bruichladdich Distillery at 59.9% abv. It was distilled in 2015 from the 2014 harvest of 100% Scottish-grown Concerto barley. This barley was malted to 130.8ppm (peat-boffins will know this is pretty peaty!). This .1 edition in the recent series by Octomore is meant to be the base, the jumping off point for the .2 and .3 editions. Because when you’re dealing with stratospheric levels of peat smoke, sometimes a little moderation is in order!

Hamish Says

Nose: big hits of zesty citrus and peat smoke, vanilla sponge cake, malty cereal notes, chocolate, caramel, coconut.

Palate: peppery sweetness, maple syrup, bonfire smoke, apricot jam, nutty nougat, pear drops.

Finish: salted caramel, dried herbs, peat smoke that lingers.