W Club Ballot: Octomore 14
We have 4 bottles of each of the three expressions up for ballot, which will open at 12pm on 18th September and remain open for 24 hours before closing at 12pm on 19th September. W Club members can enter to take home one, or even two or three if you're very lucky, of these coveted bottles.
Distilled from 100% Scottish mainland barley and peated to 128.9 PPM, Octomore 14.1 is as youthful and dynamic as its predecessors. Matured for five years in first-fill ex-American whiskey casks and bottled at a huge 59.6% abv.
The nose opens with sweet caramel and vanilla, with a palate bursting with bright citrus notes piercing through thick Islay smoke, alongside rich coffee and subtle spice.
Peated to the same level of 128.9PPM as the 14.1 release, although diverging in flavours due to the influence of wine and sherry casks in the marriage. In particular, Head Distiller Adam Hannett chose ex-Oloroso and Amarone French oak casks to impart sweet nuttiness, before bottling at 57.7% abv.
The nose opens with cinnamon, leather, waves of smoke and red fruit, with cereal and subtle tobacco. The palate showcases astringency from the wine, with barbecue sweetness, fruit cake, and more dried red fruits. The finish is smouldering, salty malted barley.
Crafted with Islay barley grown only two miles from the distillery, this dram delivers a cereal-forward flavour profile celebrating the impact of the farming community who grew the grain. Head Distiller Adam Hannett used this grain peated at 214.2PPM, maturing in a combination of ex-American whiskey casks alongside second-fill wine casks, before bottling after five years at a massive 61.4% abv.
The nose opens with sweet biscuits, stoned fruits, apricots, peach and honeyed pears. The palate is shines with smouldering peat and delicate oak, followed by floral gorse, creamy porridge and sweet toffee. The finish has earthy smoke, malt, and barley sugar.
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