Each release of Bruichladdich’s Octomore is a powerful illustration of the art of the master distiller with each bottling necessarily unique, limited and never to be reproduced. For Octomore 7.1, the barley was harvested from mainland Scotland and peated to a heavy 208ppm. The whisky then spends five years in American oak and bottled at 59.5%. The palate flows through smoothness, sweetness and then smoke. The American oak influence is in perfect tune with the smoke and soft fruits delicately, skilfully coaxed from the still during exceptionally slow distillation. As the sweetness from the oak fades the salt comes to the fore front one last time while the gentle peat smoke steady and true grows and outlasts all else.