The Octomore x.3 releases are always made from 100% Islay barley from Octomore Farm grown by “The Godfather of Soil” James Brown. This year’s 11.3 release is 5 years old and was aged in ex-bourbon American oak casks from a variety of bourbon distilleries, namely Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Jack Daniels. It was distilled in 2014 from the 2013 crop of Concerto barley grown on Octomore Farm, which was first shipped to Bairds Maltings in Inverness to malt it to 194 ppm. After aging, 11.3’s limited run of 18,000 bottles were bottled at 61.7% ABV without chill filtration or added colouring. Although it is cask strength, Bruichladdich mixes in a “just a drop” of spring water from Octomore Farm’s natural spring.