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Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 7.1 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 59.5%
Each new Octomore generates a degree of anticipation and excitement from malt devotees and collectors who have an appreciation for whisky at the extremes. The seventh edition of this cult whisky continues its precedent as one of world's most heavily peated drams. It is also something of a landmark release as it represents the last Octomore created under the influence of Master Distiller, Jim McKewan. Having carried on the role since 2001, McKewan announced his retirement from the company in June. This Octomore release was actually held back in order to coincide with his departure. He will continue acting as a consultant for the Islay distillery.Once again the Bruichladdich maltsters faced a challenge with the barley harvest destined for Octomore - to try and coax as many phenols into the grain as they can. This is a delicate, inexact art rather than science, the results varying according to a complex suite of factors. It's part of what makes each edition unique, limited, finite. 7.1 employs barley exclusively sourced from the Scottish mainland, peated to 208ppm. After five years in American oak it was bottled all natural, at a cask strength of 59.5% Alc./Vol. Jim McKewan describes the nose as: “Like sea spray and caramel, lemon balm and pipe tobacco. Slowly, the peat rises from the glass, gentle but strong, lifting vanilla, mint, toffee, golden syrup and almond.” On the palate, he finds: “Smoothness, sweetness and then smoke. A texture like no other, satin soft and devilishly warming. The American oak influence is in perfect tune with the smoke and soft fruits that have been delicately coaxed from the still during an exceptionally slow distillation.” He adds, "This dram will transport you to Islay, to watch the sun setting over the sea while breathing in the peat smoke hanging in the air."