Octomore is widely regarded as the world’s most heavily peated Scotch whisky series, with each release seeking to explore the differences barley type, cask type, and peat levels impart on flavor. These ultra-peated gems are noteworthy for their young age profile, heavily peated mashbills, and high proofs, which somehow all combine to produce a remarkably gentle, complex, and tasty whisky. We're excited to announce the arrival of the 14th Octomore edition.
The 14.1 was distilled from 100 percent Scottish Concerto barley in 2017 and matured entirely in American whiskey barrels for five years. The PPM is 128.9 (that’s parts per million, referring to the peat level), it’s bottled at 59.6 percent ABV, no color was added, and it’s non-chill filtered (those last two details apply to all of the whisky). There’s smoke first and foremost on the palate, followed by notes of vanilla, lemon, rubber, and black pepper.
14.2 has the same DNA as 14.1, but it was matured in different casks—specifically, first fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads (40 percent), first fill Amarone casks (16 percent), and second fill Amarone casks (44 percent). The difference is immediately evident in the color, and that follows through on the palate with notes of dry wine, raisin, pear, berries, and chocolate all layered throughout the smoke. This whisky was bottled at 57.7 percent ABV with a PPM of 128.9.
14.3 was distilled from barley grown on the Octomore farm near the distillery, with half of the whisky matured in first fill American whiskey casks and the other half in second fill European oak wine casks. It was bottled at 61.4 percent ABV with a PPM of 214.2 and has notes of milk chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted cashew, lemon cream, and of course smoke on the palate.