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 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 of the 2007 harvest year that was malted to 167 . 37% of the whisky was stored entirely in first-fill pipes, 31% in first-fill cognac 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 casks for 2 years and finally 6 years in Ex-American whisky casks. Sounds like a complicated system, but who said batching is easy?
The result is the Octomore subtitled "The Outlier", with 56.8% and limited to 12,000 bottles.
Producers tasting notes:
Character: A 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 , leather. Vanilla custard, blueberry dry straw and pear drops.
Taste: Warming, spicy – mulled wine. Leather and tobacco, , icing sugar. All wrapped in earthy peaty smoke. Dry on the palate.
Finish: driven, coconut, tobacco, vanilla, then smoke. In balance the time in the has calmed the smoke, both through the phenols lowering naturally over time and the influence of the oak becoming greater.