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Octomore - The Bruichladdich Peat Titan

Updated: Mar 6


Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated

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If you're a fan of peated whiskies, you may be familiar with Octomore, the heavily smoked whisky made in Bruichladdich distillery in Islay. We nicknamed it the "Peat Titan" for its high smokiness level.


Humans can detect phenol parts per million (ppm) up to 80 with their taste buds. Most heavily peated whiskies have a ppm of between 25-50, but Octomore is on a mission to produce whiskies with a minimum of 100ppm. Their record-breaking whisky has a ppm of 309, which is quite an overkill. However, the phenol number only indicates the level to which the barley has been peated and not how high it is in the bottled whisky. The level will decrease during maturation, and the more peat there is, the quicker it wants to escape.


Bruichladdich distillery has been producing whisky since 1881 and is currently owned by Remy Cointreau, who acquired it in 2012. In 2002, Bruichladdich started distilling their experimental heavily peated whisky - Octomore. The first release was launched in 2008. The whisky is not only smoky but also bottled at around 60% ABV.


The malted barley used in Octomore is cold-smoked for five days, which results in a bold and dominant smokiness. Most Octomore whiskies are bottled between five to seven years old. Drinking Octomore requires a particular taste, and it's not recommended for novice whisky drinkers. It may put them off whisky altogether. However, for peat enthusiasts who haven't tried it, we highly recommend it for fun times with friends - in moderation.


We've curated a list of all the Octomore bottlings for you to explore. Enjoy!



 

Octomore Releases

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Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm


Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm


Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm


Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm

Octomore single malt whisky heavily peated Bottlings Releases with details and ppm


 

Simplified List of Octomore Bottlings

1.1 Scottish Barley, 131ppm, 63.5%, 5YO

02.1 Scottish Barley, 140ppm, 62.5%, 5YO

02.2 Orpheus, Scottish Barley, 140ppm, (Bordeaux Wine), 61%, 5YO

03.1 Scottish Barley, 152ppm, 59%, 5YO

04.1 Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 62.5%, 5YO

04.2 Comus, Islay Barley, 167ppm, (Sauternes Cask), 61%, 5YO

05.1 Scottish Barley, 169ppm, 59.5%, 5YO

06.1 Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 57%, 5YO

06.2 Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 58.2%, 5YO, TREx

06.3 Islay Barley, 258ppm, 64%, 5YO

07.1 Scottish Barley, 208ppm, 59.5%, 5YO

07.2 Scottish Barley, 208ppm, 58.5%, 5YO, TREx

07.3 Islay Barley, 169ppm, 63%, 5YO

07.4 Virgin Oak, Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 61.2%, 7YO

08.1 Masterclass, Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 59.3%, 8YO

08.2 Masterclass, Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 58.4%, 8YO (3 Wine Casks), TREx

08.3 Masterclass, Islay Barley, 309ppm, 61.2%, 5YO, (4 Wine Casks)

08.4 Masterclass, Virgin Oak, Scottish Barley, 170ppm, 58.7%, 8YO

09.1 Dialogos, 156ppm, 59.1%, 5YO

09.2 Dialogos, 156ppm, 58.2%, 5YO, TREx

09.3 Dialogos, 133ppm, 62.9%, 5YO

10 YEARS Scottish Barley, 167ppm, 57.3%, (Grenache Blanc Cask)

10 YEARS Scottish Barley, 80.5ppm, 50%

OBA Concept CC:01, Undisclosed ppm, 59.7%, 5YO (Sauternes Cask)

10 YEARS Dialogos, 167ppm, 56.8%, 2008 Vintage

X4+10, Concept 0.2, 162ppm, 70%, (Sweet Wine & Sherry Casks)

11.1 Scottish Barley, 139.6ppm, 59.4%, 5YO

11.2 Scottish Barley, 139.6ppm, 58.6%, 5YO

11.3 Islay Barley, 194ppm, 61.7%, 5YO

10 YEARS Virgin Oak Influence, 208ppm, 54.3%

12.1 Scottish Barley, 130.8ppm, 59.9%, 5YO

12.2 Scottish Barley, 129.7ppm, (Sauternes Cask), 57.3%, 5YO

12.3 Islay Barley, 118.1ppm, (PX Cask), 62.1%, 5YO



 

What's your favourite Octomore? Comment below.


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