Bruichladdich Octomore 11.3 Islay Barley Single Malt Scotch
11.3 was distilled from estate-grown barley from Octomore Farm and aged in bourbon casks. Essentially the primary difference here is the barley source, though here the peat hits 194ppm, and the abv is higher. There’s definitely more peat on the nose, less so on the actual whisky, with less of a bakery character and more earthiness. There’s just as much to love on the palate, and the fruit feels well integrated with the overall experience, with a significantly more oily body compared to 11.1. The finish is also more pungent and aggressive with peat — a more classic maritime character emerging alongside a clearer iodine note as the whisky fades away. Octomore 11.3 cuts a more traditional, big-peat profile than the elegant 11.1, and stands as a compelling exemplar of the Octomore style.