Proudly bearing the title “Worlds most peated Whisky”, The Bruichladdich Octomore has a cult following around the world. 5 years in American oak barrels perfectly finish a whisky distilled entirely from Scottish Barley, and peated to 208ppm.
The nose shows sea spray, caramel, citrus and tobacco with subtle hints of smoke. The palate is smoky, smooth and sweet, with soft fruits, vanilla, honey and lemon. The finish is sweet, oak-laden and smooth.
Bruichladdich was built by 3 brothers, William, John and Robert Harvey on the shores of Loch Indaal, Islay, in 1881. The distillery was successfully run by William until his death in 1936, after which it changed hands many times.
Coming close to closure in 1994, it was rescued by and independent consortium in 2000, and restored to its former glory. The classic Victorian distilling equipment designed by John and built by Robert Harvey in 1881 was retained in the new distillery.
Distillation at Bruichladdich is still done using the original equipment and artisan skills, with no computerisation or modern equipment used. The famous Jim McEwan, was appointed as master distiller in 2000, and was the driving force behind Bruichladdich’s “Progressive Hebridian Distillers” philosophy and subsequent success.