Octomore 10: Details on this year's edition of the heavily peated Islay whisky

"Down with the ppm, up with the complexity" is the motto of the new Octomores

Atypical and perhaps even shocking for phenolic aficionados, is the tenth Octomore edition according to the current press release. The launch of the heavily peated single malt version from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay is announced for October 1, 2019.

Head Distiller Adam Hannett deliberately decided to stop the high-altitude flight of the Octomore’s ppm content and to significantly reduce the smokiness it presents. "From the most peated to the most complex, multi-layered and expressive single malt in the world", the focus should now go.

Game of phenolic numbers 

The phenol content has always varied in recent years, but as clearly as this year he has never fallen below the starting value of the first Octomore of 131 ppm and the highest ever achieved value of 309 ppm: 107 ppm in Octomore 10.1, 96.9 ppm in Octmore 10.2, 114 ppm in Octomore 10.3 and 88 ppm in Octomore 10.4.

The details of the four releases of the Octomore 10

OCTOMORE_10.1

100% Scottish barley (Concerto)
Harvested in 2012, distilled in 2013; 5 years old
100% matured on Islay
Full-term maturation in first-fill American Whisky Barrels (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels)
107PPM / 59, 8% ABV / limited edition: 42,000 bottles worldwide
Sales start 01.October 2019 (as long as supplies last)

OCTOMORE_10.2

100% Scottish Barley (Optic & Oxbridge)
Harvested in 2009, distilled in 2010, 8 years old
100% matured on Islay
First maturation for 4 years in first-fill ex-American whisky barrels, further maturation for 4 years in former Sauternes casks.
96.9 PPM / 56, 9% ABV / limited edition: 24,000 bottles worldwide
Exclusive travel release.

OCTOMORE_10.3

100% Concerto Islay Barley from Octomore Farm
Harvested 2012, distilled 2013, 6 years old
100% matured on the island
Full-term maturation in first-fill American whisky barrels (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels)
114PPM / 61, 3% ABV / limited edition: 24,000 bottles
Sales start 01.October 2019 (as long as supplies last)

OCTOMORE_10.4

100% Scottish Concerto barley
Harvested in 2015, distilled in 2016, 3 years old
100% matured on the island
100% matured in French Virgin Oak casks
88PPM / 63, 5% ABV / limited edition: 12,000 bottles
Available from January 2020 (as long as supplies last)