Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1

Octomore 6.1

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Bruichladdich

Region: Islay

57% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

PPM: 167

Aged For: 5 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon cask

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Strong costal peat, citrus, ginger, salmon sushi, salted pork, yeasty barley, slight vanilla

Mouthfeel: Bright, youthful, strong, and Oily

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, punch of peat, smoke, citrus, tar, brown sugar, smoked brisket.

Finish: Warm and lasting, smoke with brine and dirt. Citrus and ginger.

Thoughts: A real peat monster, and not something I’d recommend to the casual drinker

Score: 85/100

 

Bruichladdich Islay Barley

Islay Barley

Distilled from barley sourced from farms on the island of Islay, and matured in American oak casks. This was from the 2009 distillation.

Paid: $60 for tasting pack

Distilled/Owned by: Bruichladdich

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Like white wine.

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Salted caramel, sea spray, lemon, zest, vanilla oak, with a touch of heather.

Taste: Very salty with honey, toffee, and coffee notes. Young oak and barley sugar and a hint of mint.

Finish: Medium length and warmth with vanilla, ginger, and pepper.

Thoughts: I was Surprised how different from the Scottish Barley this was, but was of very similar quality.

Score: 79 out of 100

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

The Classic Laddie

Made as the name states exclusively from Scottish barley, this “trickle” distilled and aged in American oak. Positioned as Bruichladdich’s main or into release.

Paid: $60 for tasting collection

Distilled/Owned by: Bruichladdich

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sea salt, barley, gentle citrus, floral and breezey.

Taste: Ginger, orange, raisin, honey, vanilla and oak. Floral notes again are present. Thick mouthfeel that showcases more fruit than I expected.

Finish: Long and warm with lingering vanilla and floral notes.

Thoughts: This one has floral notes in abundance, with a nice easy drinking sweetness.

Score: 80 out of 100

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

Paid: $55 for sampler set

Distilled / Owned By: Bruichladdich

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Pale gold

Nose: Peat, mossy rocks. Morning dew in a forest. Very light chocolate. Leather.

Taste: Gentle smoke and background peat. Coffee bean and walnut with a light vanilla oakiness. Brine and iodine.

Finish: The smoke now increases and is followed by honey and hints of heathery tar.

Overall: Based on the Islay’s I have tried this indeed is the one least likely to punch you in the face with its peat. The high proof gives it a good oily mouthfeel to go with the relative smoothness that I enjoyed.

Score: 75/100