Initiation and provocation is followed by challenge. Growing barley on Islay is always difficult and yields are low.
The autumn of 2010 was wet and windy. A late harvest saw Octomore farmer James Brown facing heavy losses from greylag geese and herds of wild red deer, resulting in a precious little yield. Malting the this Octomore grain produced results that were unprecedented, the readings came back at 309.1ppm. The nature and variety of Octomore depends on far more than simply number, but these were staggering.
Following a carefully controlled trickle distillation, this uber-provenance spirit was matured in 56% first fill Bourbon casks, the remaining in ex-Pauillac, Ventoux, Rhone and Burgundy casks.
The Octomore 08.3 edition is:
- The most heavily-peated octomore to date (309ppm)
- One farm, one field, one vintage
- Distilled in 2011 from 2010 harvest
- 56% full-term ex-Bourbon, 44% full-term European oak maturation
- Aged 5 years
- 18,000 btls only
Made in Islay, Scotland.
700ml Bottle Size