Let me start by reminding you all that the Isle of Islay’s Feis Ile festival runs yearly from the 24th May through to the 1st June. That means there is only 4 days until it begins and less than 11 days until it ends.
Now that this information is coverd, let me introduce to you the newest member of the Octomore family; Octomore Event Horizon! This expression being Bruichladdich’s Fèis Ìle release for 2019 and, as we understand, only available at the Bruichladdich Distillery on 26th May during the Distilleries festical ‘Open Day’.
Event Horizon will be the oldest Octomore to date having been distilled in 2007 before a maturation period of 12 years in ex-oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks from Fernando de Castilla in Jerez, Spain.
Like all Octomore before it, this is heavily peated to 162.6ppm. It comes un-chill filtration un-coloured and weighs in at 55.7% abv.
‘Unlike younger expressions of Octomore this is less vibrant but it has even greater depth of flavour – tobacco, coffee, tar, leather and that earthy, dried-smoke quality.’ Sites Bruichladdich head distiller Adam Hannet.
There is only 2,000 bottles of up for grabs and will sell $325 each, with a restriction of two bottles per person. So if you have friends, family or minions on Islay during the festival you better hope they don’t want 2 for themselves. If you have 2 or more friends going, pass their details on to me, as at this stage I doubt I will get the chance to own or review it for you. *I type as tears fall on my keyboard…