Bruichladdich - Octomore 11.1 Scottish Barley - 2014 5 year old Whisky
70cl | 59.4%
|Series / Description||Octomore 11.1 Scottish Barley|
|Age||5 year old|
|Alcohol ABV||59.4 %|
|Cask Wood Type||Bourbon|
|Country of Origin||Scotland|
|Neck Level||Full Level|
|HTFW Cat. No.||LP12690|
The first bottling from the new Octomore 11 series. Often seen as the 'control' release in the series, where other bottlings from the batch diverge from, whilst still maintaining core characteristics. 11.1 is a 5 year old whisky, peated to 139.6 PPM and matured in 100% American Oak casks.
This is a lithe and sleek Octomore with intense earthy peat notes balanced by malt sugar, vanilla and oak. The scents of Islay in a glass - the ozone fragrance of the sea, bog myrtle from the moss and peat smoke in the cold night air and at the heart of it all a warmth that brings a harmony to the whole.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose - Initial notes of Lemon, wet peat, pencil shavings and a salty minerality. Peach yoghurt, cinder toffee, rubbery, smoky, almost antiseptic notes come from the peat smoke, well balanced with the green fruit and malty notes coming through the spirit. Honey, malt sugar, dried grass, come through with time, with a little ginger and wood spice.
Palate - Brown sugar sweetness hits the palate initially. The chilli heat of high strength carries the Octomore DNA across the palate. it is clean, supple in texture and has a complex combination of flavours rushing for attention. Another taste, and stone fruit, apricot and that peach yoghurt come to the fore and then the cask influence appears with sweet vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar and soft toffee. The maritme notes, the minerality and citrus all weave the Bruichladdich DNA through the flavour profile bonding the sense of place and identity in the dram.
Finish - Malt, huge peat notes, earthy and oily, tar and bonfires. Vanilla honey, ginger spice and syrupy sweetness.