Octomore 10 years 2008/2018: A vintage of different types of casks

This third edition of the 10-year-old Octomore completes the Dialogos series

Eagerly awaited by friends of peated whisky, the Octomore 09.4 was released now: The new Octomore 10 years Vintage 2008 joins the bottlings of Octomore 09.1 to 09.3. We already announced the complete range in August here in our news.

The new Octomore 10 was distilled in 2008 from 100% Scottish Optic barley of the 2007 harvest year that was malted to 167 ppm. 37% of the whisky was stored entirely in first-fill Port pipes, 31% in first-fill cognac casks and 20% in ex-America whisky casks. The remaining 12% spent 3 years in first-fill Ex-American casks, before the whisky was transferred in Virgin Oak casks for 2 years and finally 6 years in Ex-American whisky casks. Sounds like a complicated system, but who said batching whisky is easy?

The result is the Octomore subtitled "The Outlier", bottled with 56.8% ABV and limited to 12,000 bottles.

Producers tasting notes:

Character: A dram of depth and worth taking some time to get to know. Greater than the sum of its parts and the parts that combine to make it have an individual story of their own.
Aroma: There is a richness, chocolate, tobacco, bonfire smoke, leather. Vanilla custard, blueberry dry straw and pear drops.
Taste: Warming, spicy – mulled wine. Leather and tobacco, malt sugar, icing sugar. All wrapped in earthy peaty smoke. Dry on the palate.
Finish: Oak driven, coconut, tobacco, vanilla, then smoke. In balance the time in the cask has calmed the smoke, both through the phenols lowering naturally over time and the influence of the oak becoming greater.