Bruichladdich releases 100% Islay barley whiskyBy Amy Hopkins
Islay distillery Bruichladdich has released its first Scotch whisky that exclusively uses Islay-grown barley as part of its Octomore series.
Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley is the latest edition of the Octomore range – described as the “world’s most heavily-peated single malt whisky series”.
The expression uses Islay malt sown on the Octomore Farm by friend of the distillery James Brown in 2008.
Aged for five years in ex-Bourbon casks, Octomore 6.3 has been non-chill-filtered and bottled on site at the Bruichladdich Distillery at 64% abv.
Octomore 6.3 is peated to 258ppm, 89ppm more than the previous high of 169ppm, which the Octomore 5 Year Old was peated to.
Expressions in the Octomore range are numbered in accordance with provenance and style. Those designated .1 have been distilled using barley sourced from the Scottish mainland and maturing in ex-Bourbon casks, those designated .2 have received additional cask enhancement, and those designated .3 have been distilled from Islay-grown barley.
The distillery has released 18,000 bottles of Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley.
In November this year it was revealed that sales of Bruichladdich had doubled in the first six months of the financial year, boosting the profits of French parent company Rémy Cointreau.