The Octave Project

With The Octave Project, we composed a limited batch of new whiskies of distinction for whisky-lovers to enjoy.

The arrangement involved taking a cask of whisky from a single distillery, and dividing it between four different Octave casks. Specially commissioned from the coopers for our Project, each Octave used oak staves taken from a larger cask that had previously contained PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja or Rum. One portion of whisky from the original cask was retained to enable a point of comparison.

As an Octave holds only 50 litres of whisky, it amplifies wood-to-spirit interaction in a short burst of second wood maturation. The changing dynamics and developing flavour notes were carefully monitored over time and at five months, we judged the wood finish to be harmonious and ready. We bottled the Octaves.       

An experiment in improvisation

Arran Octave Set

Arran Octave Set

For this experiment we chose a single Bourbon Barrel from Arran Distillery and divided the matured whisky from inside it between four different Octave casks, retaining one portion of the original whisky for comparison.

Taste the results of our Octave Project with this set of 5x 3cl Little Drams, including a sample from the original Bourbon Barrel and samples from the 4 Octave finishes a PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja and Rum.

Bunnahabhain Octave Set

Bunnahabhain Octave Set

For this experiment we chose a single Bourbon Hogshead from Bunnahabhain Distillery and divided the matured whisky from inside it between four different Octave casks, retaining one portion of the original whisky for comparison.

Taste the results of our Octave Project with this set of 5x 3cl Little Drams, including a sample from the original Bourbon Hogshead and samples from the 4 Octave finishes a PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja and Rum.

Pulteney Octave Set

Pulteney Octave Set

For this experiment we chose a single Bourbon Hogshead from Pulteney Distillery and divided the matured whisky from inside it between four different Octave casks, retaining one portion of the original whisky for comparison.

Taste the results of our Octave Project with this set of 5x 3cl Little Drams, including a sample from the original Bourbon Hogshead and samples from the 4 Octave finishes a PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja and Rum.

The Octave Results

The Octave Project 700ml

Have you sampled the results from our Octave sets? Did you have a favourite?

We have strictly limited numbers of 700ml bottles of the Arran, Bunnahabhain and Pulteney Octave finishes available to buy directly from us.

Sample The Results

Enjoy and compare these intense new flavours alongside the original Bourbon cask… savour the major and minor notes. Our Octave Little Dram Sets and a limited number of 700ml bottles are available exclusively from us.

We’d love to know what you think. #theoctaveproject

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