Thursday, October 08 2015
Farmer, James Brownâ€™s father was awarded the tenancy of Octomore on the Rhinns of Islay in 1960 and James remembers walking the familyâ€™s cattle from the farm at Carn where he was born, through the village of Port Charlotte and up the hill to their new pasture. Then aged eight, James could never have dreamed how the name, ‘Octomore’, would come to resonate throughout the whisky world, although he soon learned that his new home had once housed a distillery. The tumble down ruins of the old buildings were still there as part of the farmyard.
James became a farmer like his father and now raises top-quality Angus and Highland cattle in the beautiful, rugged landscape. His beef is much sought-after, but his friendship with the whisky men behind the renaissance of neighbouring Bruichladdich was to have far reaching consequences.
Following a late night "what If" session, it was decided to use the name, "Octomore" to represent what would become the most heavily-peated whisky series in the world. The cult that grew up around the extraordinary new spirit would mean that life for the Brown family would never be quite the same again.