There’s been a few less than nice words said against whisky stones in some corners of the internet of late, so I thought I’d come to the defence of those poor cubes of rock; and discuss why I believe many of you are completely wrong about them.
It might only be October, but as the song goes – “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with toys in every store“.
There’s also Christmas cake and pudding in the supermarkets, which over the last couple of years seeing those at this time of the year would annoy the crap out of me – it’s not even my birthday yet, let alone Melbourne Cup, or halloween.
This year I decided to do things differently – I’ve decided to countdown the twelve weeks to Christmas with whisky. Either that or it sounded like a good excuse to try every Octomore that I could get my hands on – the jury is still out on the real reason. 😀
A Christmas whisky countdown is one thing – but don’t expect me to string up the tinsle, wear a Santa hat, or stock up on prawns just yet!
Introducing 12 Weeks To Christmas – a Ninja’s Very Peaty Countdown
Every week for the next twelve weeks I will be reviewing a different Bruichladdich Octomore whisky starting with Octomore 7.4 and working backwards. I’ll update the list below as I publish more reviews.
- Octomore 7.4 – Virgin Oak | 61.2% | 167ppm
- Octomore 7.3 – Islay Barley | 63% | 169ppm
- Octomore 7.2 – Cask Evolution | 58.5% | 208ppm
- Octomore 7.1 – Scottish Barley | 59.5% | 208ppm
- Octomore 6.3 – Islay Barley | 64% | 258ppm
- Octomore 6.2 – Cask Evolution | 58.2% | 167ppm
- Octomore 6.1 – Scottish Barley | 57% | 167ppm
- Octomore 5.1 – 59.5% | 169ppm
- Octomore 4.2 – “Comus” | 61% | 167ppm
- Octomore 4.1 – 62.5% | 167ppm
- Octomore 3.1 – 59% | 152ppm
- Octomore 2.2 – “Orpheus” | 61% | 140ppm
- Octomore 2.1 – 62.5% | 140ppm
- Octomore 1.1 – 63.5% | 131ppm
In some ways you’d think this might be a bit of a contentious topic for a first post on my blog, but given the reactions to Compass Box’s Transparency campaign online – the fact that one of the ‘big boys’ of Scotch, Bruichladdich (which is owned by Pernod Ricard), is openly supporting the campaign – and the fact that even the SWA (Scotch Whisky Association) is now planning to hold talks on the issue due to the sheer number of people that have signed the petition; the topic probably isn’t really all that contentious at all except for the fact that for there to be any movement on the matter will require legislative approval from 28 nations that comprise the EU.
Some people (possibly cynics – but that usually includes me) believe that this campaign is a publicity stunt by Compass Box, and possibly Bruichladdich as well. I personally doubt that publicity was the primary purpose of the transparency campaign – although I don’t doubt that the increased attention that the campaign has generated is welcomed by those involved.
For those that aren’t aware of the transparency campaign, it is about one thing, and one thing only – the fact that it is currently illegal for aged spirits (such as whisky – either blends or single malts) to display the age of the component casks that make up the bottling. The age of the components are not allowed to be displayed either on the bottle, nor on any marketing or sales material. At present, whisky is allowed to either display no information, or only the age of the youngest component cask. Compass Box wants an amendment to the aged spirits laws of the UK and EU that would allow all of the details of each component cask, including the age, to be displayed – but still only allow the youngest component’s age to be displayed as a headline of the label (if any age is displayed).