This summer marks the return of Octomore, Islay’s smokiest single malt, which will comprise of 5,000 cases.
Watching master distiller Jim McEwan in Bruichladdich’s Islay bottling hall is not unlike observing a loving parent prepare to send his children out into the world. He is attentive and protective, yet shows no anxiety when the time comes to let his whiskies go. This is true whether the Bruichladdich offspring in his care have been hanging around the distillery for decades—such as the limited-edition 1973—or are fledglings like the five-year-old Octomore. – From Robb Report