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Bruichladdich Octomore 10.4 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
About Bruichladdich Octomore 10.4 Single Malt Scotch WhiskyThe modern Bruichladdich Distillery is known as the most experimental and adventurous of the Scottish distilleries, and the Bruichladdich Octomore Series represents a singularly unique expression in the world of Scotch whisky.
The word Octomore means "the big eighth," it’s a term derived from the medieval division of common ground. The Original Octomore distillery was founded in 1816 by George Montgomery. The original spirit they produced at Octomore would have been heavily peated, and being distilled on the brine-soaked shores of the Loch Indaal, the whisky would have been sold very young.
The 49 tons of barley, grown on the Octomore farm, are germinated over a period of three days. The peat used to dry the barley used in Octomore is sourced from a Caithness Croft, situated in the vastness of Northern Scotland also known as "The Flow Country." An area where peat has been cultivated since the ice age, developing in waterlogged, anaerobic blanket bogs, forming from the partial decomposition of vegetal matter.
Octomore 10.4 is the fourth release in the tenth edition of this heavily peated line from Bruichladdich. Distilled from Scottish barley in 2016, this Octomore 10.4 is the youngest ever released, aged for 3 years in Virgin Oak, and bottled at 88 ppm. Twenty-eight casks cut from Limousin oak have been heavily toasted before making their way to Warehouse 12 for filling. Their high tannic impact is balanced by a high toast level which gives way to a dry fruit character that is incredibly well-rounded.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.