Bruichladdich’s Octomore 14.4: Masterful Peat Meets Colombian Oak in Final Series Revelation
Bruichladdich Distillery announces the release of Octomore 14.4, the final and innovative addition to its renowned Octomore 14 series. This unique expression stands out with its exclusive maturation in virgin Colombian oak casks.
Octomore 14.4 represents a bold experiment for Bruichladdich, crafted from Scottish barley malted to 106ppm. The spirit was aged for five years in Colombian oak (Quercus humboldtii), known for its tight grain and similar characteristics to French oak. This maturation process has enriched Octomore 14.4 with profound caramel and sweet vanilla notes, achieved through varied toast and char levels of the oak casks.
Adam Hannett, Bruichladdich’s head distiller, shared his enthusiasm: “Each Octomore series challenges me as a whisky maker. For the first time, we’ve delved into the realm of Colombian virgin oak casks, experimenting with different charring and toasting techniques. This process unveiled the profound impact of subtle variations on the whisky’s character. Octomore 14.4 defies convention, embodying a whisky that is young, potent, and intensely peated – a testament to our continuous journey of discovery and innovation inherent in Octomore’s DNA.”
Octomore 14.4 is bottled at a robust 59.2% ABV, presented in its natural state without chill filtration or added colouring. This exclusive release is available for purchase at bruichladdich.com, priced at £175.