#492 • Bruichladdich Octomore 5 years Edition 07.3 Islay Barley

Octomore 7.3

63% alc./vol.
Bruichladdich Distillery, Bruichladdich, Islay, Scotland

We spank in the dash today with still one of the dark towers of Bruichladdich, a Octomore of course!

Peat at 169ppm, Octomore 7.3 was distilled in 2010 and aged in old bourbon barrels and in barrels that contained Ribera del Duero, a Spanish wine. There is no more Islay only that!

As the following Afghan proverb so aptly puts it:

The cloud is dark but what falls is pure water.

Nose:
Amazing. Particularly fruity peat. Citrus fruits, including grapefruit, honey, morning dew, apples, green leaves.

Taste:
Honey texture, peaty notes of course, but extremely fruity and floral too.

Finish:
Long and warm, with hints of butterscotch, vanilla and cocoa on a background of grains, peat and honeydew melon.

Balance:
Unbelievable. Complex, well structured. Moderate in his approach, but not in his personality.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#374 • SMWS 23.73 Bruichladdich 11 years old

61.5% alc./vol.
Bruichladdich Distillery, Bruichladdich, Islay, Scotland

"The Vital Spark's Engine Room".

A stellar Bruichladdich from Scotch Malt Whiskey Society is offered to us today.

If you do not know the SMWS you can continue reading. If you want to immediately go to the consumption of the criticism of this bottle, please skip the next two paragraphs.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society , or SMWS , is the largest whisky club in the world, with more XNUMX XNUMX members spread across XNUMX countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whisky casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

As the industrialist of the first half of the XNUMXth century and the founder of the automobile manufacturer put it so well Ford, Henry of his first name (1863-1947):

These engines that made man a jerk on wheels and the planet a garage riddled with freeways!

Characteristic Bruichladdich straw yellow with even a little more depth than expected.

Nose:
Fruits in syrup, straw and cereals. Quite striking at the level of alcohol, but this feeling fades quickly at the arrival of a maritime peat and warm in Port Charlotte.

Taste:
Warm and honeyed texture. Peaty and fruity at the same time, with a hue of balloon gum and leather. Barley bard everything well before letting the spice of cask strength invade us.

Finish:
Long, smoke, hot and salty. Very evocative of the place. Spices provide perfect support for the whole.

Balance:
Another epic traffic jam of the SMWS. Already Bruichladdich makes good stock, it is even more of the feat of topper that.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★