Dialogos ( διάλογος ): a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange.
Another trio of the latest batch of octomores is upon us and this is a time to be merry! I know many fans of this Octomore, the iconic black, super-duper-heavily-peated whisky from one of my favorite distilleries out there – Bruichladdich. Earlier in November I was lucky to visit once again, and it’s indeed a magical place. We did manage to sample some casks including an older 10 year old Octomore.
This time around the 9.x are referred to as “Dialogos” which is what Bruichladdich wants you to engage in (in their own words):
“Only upon tasting Octomore will you truly understand its potential. It’s
undeniable ability to stimulate critical thinking is refreshed with each new
edition. Drawing out ideas and challenging underlying presumptions; is
age the most important factor? Is 60% alcohol unpalatable? Do extreme
PPM levels sacrifice sophistication? Octomore answers with a defiant NO.
The distillers at Bruichladdich welcome these conversations to their
doorstep, themselves questioning the elements that may contribute
towards the depth and balance of each youthful drop. Is it in the sourcing
of the raw ingredients? The careful selection of the wood’s quality
and style? Or is it in the influence of nature; weather, climate, soil?”
The first one is the 09.1 – Distilled in 2012 from 100% Scottish barley, the 09.1 is matured full-term in top-tier ex-American whiskey casks. 156 PPM , 42,000 bottles.
Octomore 09.1 ‘Dialogos’ 5 yo ,59,1%, OB 2018 , £116 (MOM)
we continue to the next Octomore the 09.2 – Distilled in 2012, this muscular liquid has spent four years maturing in ex-American oak casks before being recasked into the finest French oak. Carefully selected from the Bordeaux region (Margaux). This is as always with the x.2 Octomores is a Travel Retail edition (Duty Free shops only). 156 PPM, only 12,000 bottles.
The last of the Octomores is the 09.3 – just 52 tonnes of precious Islay barley were malted to produce this single farm Octomore 09.3 edition. Raised in Irene’s Field on Octomore Farm in 2011, this uber-provenance single malt was later distilled and filled into 134 casks. Predominantly second-fill, the gentler influence of the wood allows more of the locally grown barley flavors to shine. – 18,000 bottles
Octomore 09.3 ‘Dialogos’ 5 yo , 62,9%, OB 2018 , £193 (MOM)
Lovely stuff, the most complex of the three. very well done. Available at Master of Malt for 193 quid.
Very good stuff as always, and Octomore lovers will certainly enjoy one or two if not the entire range. Good work, and what a splendid liquid this is at only 5 years of age. Slainte!