Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2
Octomore 14.2 uses the same barley varietal and is malted to the same PPM as the 14.1, but the liquids diverge profoundly with the influence of wine and sherry casks on the 14.2 spirit.
With an extensive inventory of over 200 diverse cask varieties within the distillery's storage facilities, Head Distiller Adam Hannett has carefully curated casks that previously cradled Oloroso and Amarone wines. This unique fusion of flavors, characterized by its distinct sweetness and nuttiness, results in an exceptional single malt whisky.
Originating from the illustrious wine-producing regions of Spain and Italy, respectively, these spirits are harmoniously united within French oak casks, introducing an impressive depth and intricacy to the single malt's character. Octomore's iconic smoky profile, known for its pinnacle intensity, harmoniously marries with Oloroso sherry casks, wherein the wood imparts a robust and savory essence to the final distillate.
The Amarone casks, on the other hand, exert a substantial influence on the spirit, infusing it with opulent, red fruit notes that provide structure and cohesion to the resulting 14.2.
Barley: 100% Scottish grown Concerto barley
Malt type: Super Heavily Peated
Distilation: Distilled in 2017 from the 2016 harvest
Age: 5 Aged Years
Maturation: First fill Oloroso hogsheads (40%). First fill Amarone casks (16%). Second Fill Amarone casks (44%)
PHENOL LEVEL: 128.9 parts per million (PPM)
Strength: 57.7% ABV
This distillery was built in 1881 by the owners of grain whisky distilleries in Glasgow. This distillery (and the two grain distilleries) were used to supply the market with blended whisky. When the distillery was built, it differentiated itself from other Islay distilleries for its modern design and tall stills which produced a lighter spirit.
The distillery was badly affected by a fire in 1934 and, after it refurbished, it went through many changes of ownership. In 2001 a group of investors acquired it and promptly appointed legendary distiller Jim McEwan as head of distillation.
Under that ownership, the distillery was revitalised and acquired cult status among whisky enthusiasts. Remy Cointreau, the current owners, took over it in 2012.
The spirit produced at the distillery has a distinctive freshness and acidity. This characteristic shines even the most heavily peated expression from the distillery: Octomore.