Bruichladdich distillery on the Scottish island of Islay has released Octomore Masterclass 08.2, part of the Octomore Eights series.
This Islay single malt was distilled from 100% Scottish barley which was peated to a level of 167ppm (parts per million). The single malt aged for its first six years in one of three styles of second-fill, European oak wine barrels: French mourvèdre, French Sauternes, or Austrian sweet wine. The final two years of maturation were done in fresh Amarone casks.
The palate begins sweet with creamy chocolate and oily peat and finishes with scorched orange peel and hot ashes. Everything gets a bit better after a few drops of water. The palate has more clarity, the finish is balanced, and everything is a touch more savory.
36,000 bottles were produced.