OCTOMORE—THE WORLD’S MOST HEAVILY PEATED SINGLE MALT. Yesterday’s post wrote about Andrew Jefford’s predictions for Octomore, whose 2002 run was still anticipated. Here is the current proud boast about Octomore on the Bruichladdich website: “OCTOMORE SUPER HEAVILY PEATED WHISKY. IT STARTED OUT AS A LATE NIGHT ‘WHAT IF?’ IDEA AFTER A FEW DRAMS. WHAT IF WE DISTILLED THE MOST HEAVILY-PEATED BARLEY HUMANLY POSSIBLE, IN THE TALL, NARROW-NECKED BRUICHLADDICH STILLS?”
This message on the Bruichladdich website harks all the way back to 1816 when there was a second distillery (that is, other than the Bruichladdich distillery) on what was then James Brown’s “Octomore Farm”: “The men who tended the fires at Octomore would have grown the barley on their land, and cut the peat from their banks. The spirit they produced would also have been heavily peated, and sold very young….”
This ad shows that there have been a number of runs of Octomore whisky, including now a ten year old version. It also shows that Octomore is very pricy.