Octomore Ten Years

Few flavors call to mind Scotland quite like peated scotch—and there are none peatier than Bruichladdich’s highly sought after Octomore expressions. Hailing from Islay, this limited edition annual offering of the liquid was distilled in 2009 and bottled 10 years later at a whopping 108.6 proof. The complex liquid isn’t just a whirlwind of smoky notes though; that time in ex-bourbon casks lends it a …

Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan

How life on the isle of Islay, Scotland inspired a famed master distiller to help resurrect the historic whisky distillery

Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some hope and much needed jobs in Islay, Scotland. At a recent tasting in Los Angeles, in anticipation of the release of their heavily peated Octomore 6.3 …