Like all Octomore .3 editions, the 13.3 is distilled from 100% Islay barley. The barley is grown on Octomore farm, around two miles south of Bruichladdich Distillery. The name for the Octomore range originated from this farm, and the .3’s are generally matured in a mixture of ex-American and ex-European oak casks. Octomore 13.3 is matured in a combination of ex-American whiskey and second fill ex-French oak casks.
An Islay whisky through and through, the provenance of this Octomore expression is unrivaled. The complex flavour of the soil that raised the barley and the classic peat smoke define this whisky’s character, speaking of the place it is from.
Aromas of malt sugar and gentle peat smoke lead you into the dram. Layers of fresh green fruit come next followed by rose, geranium, apricot, and eucalyptus. Marzipan, ginger nut biscuits, and honeyed melon can also come through, with the malty fruity character coming to the fore with a little time. Adding a drop of water will bring out the peat smoke beautifully.
A soft and delicate on the palate, sweet honey and brown sugar give way to a whisper of peat smoke. The second sip brings lemon rind and seashells, a delicate marine hint along with malty biscuit notes and marzipan and coconut. The peat smoke has hints of boot polish and ash but is gentle enough to allow the subtle floral malty notes to shine.
The marine character develops and the smoke increases on the palate, honey and lemon with warm sand and marzipan. Final fruity traces of peach and stewed pears bring a little sweetness to the finish.
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