- Suggested retail price: $169
- This Thursday at 6:30 p.m.,
we will pour one ounce for $5.50
One of a Kind on Islay
One of my favorite of all Scottish Whisky regions is Islay. Distilleries there are known for the peaty (smoky) nature of their whisky. The lads at Bruichladdich make some of the most daring of all Islay malts, yet they constantly surprise me with the way the peat is integrated wonderfully and seamlessly into their rich and elegant whiskies.
Their Octomore project is completely wild. With Octomore 1, several years ago, they created the world's peatiest whisky with 131 parts per million. Their next released Octomore 2 was 140 PPM. They've constantly upped the ante, while maintaining well-made and interesting whisky. This most recent release, the Octomore 6.1 clocks in at an astonishing 167 PPM! I can't wait to see if they've done it again. I should say, I look forward to seeing how they've accomplished it THIS time.
'Ochdamh-Mòr' translates roughly as The Big Eighth. It's an old Gaelic term for a measure of land. Octomore, on the hills above Port Charlotte, is a farm on the site of a small, ancient distillery that has long since disappeared, though signs remain in some of the out-structures of its presence.
About the Distillery
Bruichladdich was built in 1881 by the brothers Robert William and John Gourlay Harvey in an idyllic spot on the shore of Loch Indaal. At the time, the distillery was state-of-the-art. The equipment continues to be used unchanged.
The distillery closed in 1994, but was purchased by Murray McDavid on December 19, 2000. The machines, roasting ovens, and piping were renovated by a team of engineers. In the entire distillery, not a single computer is used (apart from the ones in the offices and the webcams and such). It is a museum of a distillery, but operational! This is the only distillery on Islay which bottles on-site. In May 2004, a cooperage hall was opened, and since December 2004, the malt used is grown on the island.
Tonight, Thursday, we will open just one bottle at precisely 6:30. When it's gone, it's gone. I do hope you can join us.
Next week in The Spirits Project
Rare Single Cask Brandy tasting From Jerez de la Frontera, Spain