The Octomore eighth series, named Masterclass, was unveiled in 2017 and included four expressions.
The first one, Octomore 08.1, comprises whisky distilled in 2008 using 100% Scottish barley from 2007 harvest malted to specification of 167ppm phenols. The whisky was aged for eight years exclusively in first fill ex-bourbon barrels sourced from leading American distilleries – Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Jack Daniel’s. Bottled of natural color, unchill-filtered and at natural strength of 59.3% abv with an outrun of 42 000 bottles.
Nose: smoky and ashy, vanilla, honey, candied orange peel, lemon curd, aniseed, pepper, notes of tar, wet sand and seaweed.
Palate: lovely combination of smoke and fruit, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruits, vanilla, honey, dash of white pepper and whiffs of sea breeze.
Finish: long, sweet and smoky, with notes of lemon tart, vanilla, honey, crème brûlée and dash of mixed spice.