Bruichladdich Distillery Island of Islay Scotland Whisky from 100 to 200 euros

Octomore 10.2

Review of the 2019 edition of Bruichladdich's peat bomb.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.9%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill and ex-Sauternes Wine third fill
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Bruichladdich (Rèmy Cointreau)
Average price: € 160.00
Official website: www.bruichladdich.com
Vote: 87/100

The Octomore series needs little introduction: loved and hated almost in equal measure by whisky aficionados, it represents the pinnacle of Bruichladdich’s research into peat levels.
This tenth series follows the thread of a smoother smokiness, which we already knew from the previous version 10.1.

Here I find myself with a 2010 malt, derived from Optic and Oxbridge barley, which spent four years in ex-Bourbon casks followed by a further four in ex-Sauternes wine casks, bottled on 17 July 2019 in 24,000 batches.
96.9 the ppm level (for what it’s worth).

Tasting notes

Gold with copper highlights in the glass.
Silky and elegant, with peat turning to mineral with rich components of tarocco oranges, melon, cinnamon, star anise and liquorice. Dried fruits such as prunes, sultanas and dates appear in the second wave, spread on a fragrant tart with cream. You have to look for the smoke, in the meaty barbecue tones that punctuate the aromas, contributing to the three-dimensionality of a rich and balanced nose in which the alcohol is a silent guest.
Ginger, chilli pepper and paprika spices are released on a distillate that slips oily and compact on the palate, where the smoke opens in its acrid and pungent tones still with a convinced maritime soul, passing over red fruits (cherries, raspberries), nectarines, citrus fruits, nuts and hazelnuts, vanilla cream and shortcrust pastry. It is more compact and consistent than on the nose, where the alcohol content still acts as a compendium and not as a protagonist.
The finish is not very long, of ash and leather, orange, pepper and liquorice.

It has a great nose, with a rare elegance and richness, but with a palate that is perhaps a little predictable, although not negligible. It remains many steps above many of its island cousins, but I expect more from this series.

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