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Bruichladdich Octomore 4.1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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The Bruichladdich Distillery (pronounced "Brook-laddee") is translated from Gaelic as "raised beach," according to the website. It was founded in 1881 by William Harvey where it operated until 1994, when it was mothballed by then owner Beam Global as "surplus." It was reacquired by a group of investors in 2000 and began distilling once again in 2001. The purchase included some 7,000 casks of aging whisky. They are particularly proud of sourcing their whisky from 100% Scottish barley which is "increasingly" organic. Their whiskey is bottled and aged on Islay with no chill-filtration, coloring, or other additives. According to an announcement in 2010, they will become self-sufficient in power by using "pot-ale" (the stuff left over after making whisky) and convert it to bio-gas that will be used to power the distillery. "Drink Bruichladdich and save the planet!" announces the article. The distillery was acquired by French-based Remy-Cointreau in 2012.

Bruichladdich Octomore is a series of limited edition bottles presented in "editions" ranging in proof but all bottled at very high levels of alcohol--we presume cask strength. The scotch is aged for 5 years in bourbon barrels (American Oak) and is considered to be very heavily peated--they range from 130 to 160 ppm (or parts-per-million of phenols where typical whisky has something on the order of 30-40 ppm phenols). The name comes from the Octomore Farm where where they obtain the barley for their scotch. This particular edition is the 4.1 (the fifth release) coming in at 125 proof, presenting in a stark black bottle, and measuring 167 ppm of phenols. They insist this is not "just a case of tasting peat, peat and more peat. This is strong, flavoursome, handsome proud young son of the stills."

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