Review #398 – Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3
Review #398 | /r/Scotch Review #156 – Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3
The Schtick: “Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley is the first release of the uber-experimental cult classic to be distilled using 100% Islay-grown barley. The crop was sown in 2008 by our friend James Brown in the field known as Lorgba on his Octomore Farm. This lies close to the western shore of Loch Indaal on the Rhinns of Islay, and within sight of the village of Port Charlotte.
This is a single malt whisky distilled from the most heavily peated barley in the world. Always experimental and pushing the boundaries of the possible, a stratospheric 258ppm was coaxed into the grain by our skilful maltsters at Bairds in Inverness, a remarkable 89ppm more than the previous high of 169ppm they achieved prior to the distillation of the legendary Octomore 5.1.
The trickle distillation was slow, almost painfully so. The spirit then matured for five years in Bourbon, slumbering peacefully in our warehouses on the shore of Loch Indaal before being bottled at the Harvey Hall in Bruichladdich distillery. This is natural whisky, un-chill filtered and colouring free, a tiny amount of water from the spring at Octomore Farm being used to give an abv of 64%.” – Bruichladdich’s Website
ABV: 128pf | 64% ABV
Age: 5 Years
Coloration | Filtration: NCA | NCF
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Massive, huge, abrasive, peat. Pepper, BBQ smoked ribs. Monster salinity. Bacon, tobacco, lemon tea and lemon custard. This is a beast of flavor between sweet, savory and downright peppery.
Taste: Thick and rich. Good heat for the proof, not punishing. Creamy dough, BBQ fish and ribs, salinity is good here and there’s nice wine fruit sweetness. Very well balanced in a dram that is historically very easy to get carried away.
Finish: Long, complex. Some growing gentle heat. Sweet, fruity and loaded with smoky BBQ.
Overall: Quite a fan. Octo does it again. I wish it was cheaper so I could buy them all, but that doesn’t factor in to the rating. Therefore…an 8!
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists