Octomore Edition 09.1 διάλογος / 156 PPM

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
American Oak
Number of bottles
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L162501 18/289
Added on
28 Jun 2018 4:35 pm by Lord Octomore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 141.52

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 09.1 διάλογος / 156 PPM

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.72 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I’m not the biggest Octomore fan. I liken it to extreme IPA beers. It just seems unnecessary to me, it’s very hot, very aggressive, bold and punch you in the face flavors...which is ok - but to me it’s really out of balance; like an extremely bitter IPA.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Hot, lemon, scorched earth, Thai chilies, vegetal Peat.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Lemon oil, hot, aggressive, clean hot engine oil, oysters, brine
    • Finish
      84 84
      Brine, Peat, salt, lemon

  2. the_muskox scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Another absolute banger from Bruichladdich. I know I said it was “surprisingly” sweet, but I’ve come to expect and really enjoy that level of sweetness from x.1 Octomore. This one sets itself apart by having this delightfully creamy, buttery, slightly custardy flavour, which is just delicious. It also has plenty of those malty notes I love so much in Bruichladdich products. It’s also shockingly easy to drink, despite crazy complexity. I could sip this all day, every day. I’m excited to see if 9.3 can top it.

    Nose: Bold, peaty and surprisingly sweet. Campfire embers, seaweed, and lots of kalamata olives. Slightly medicinal, with some tangy Bruichladdich funk. The peat has a vegetal aspect as well - artichoke dipped in melted butter? That’s a new one. Rich barley, vanilla, and brown sugar. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts, lemongrass, and dates. The clean earthiness of smoked black tea. Grilled teriyaki-glazed meat. Toasted French bread.
    More Bruichladdich-y as time passes: flowers, ginger, pear, white cherry, citrus, and funk.

    Palate: Medium-oily texture. Peppery arrival, with honey, more toasted French bread, yeast, and stonefruit. Sweet malt in the middle, developing to creamy peat, salt, iodine, fresh leather, cedar boughs, and earth. A bit of hard cheese in there, as well as maybe a bit of sweet Italian sausage (sage). Big barbequed meat, turning into honey and flowers. Rounds off back into salted caramel and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.
    A drop of water encrusted everything with maple sugar.

    Finish: Lots of retronasal herbs and earth going on. Peat smoke, seaweed, and smoked brisket. Nutty toasted cream and browned butter. It gets a little floral now, with roses and fragrant cedar. Some anise, cardamom, and sage. Definitely Italian sausage. A bit of cinnamon too, maybe even some sugared raisins. Some dried mango, maybe. Espresso-roast coffee. More black tea, getting Darjeeling-y.

  3. Flou scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    An Octomore, which was allowed to mature in first-fill bourbon barrels for 5 years and shimmer in a light gold color in the glass, is the companion of my evening today.

    An aroma load of smoke and bright fruits pours out of the glass. The alcohol stings a bit in the nose, but at 59.1% alcohol content this is not surprising. The smoke is very present but not oppressively heavy, but has an air of lightness. It reminds me of a campfire with softwood. There is a very strong fruitiness above the smoke with citrus aromas of limes, lemon zest and a little grapefruit as well as the sweetness of green grapes and dried apricots. The fruits have been sprinkled with vanilla sugar, I also imagine a little pinch of cinnamon. In the background now comes a little wood from the oak barrels with fresh pine cones and associations with a walk through a forest full of conifers and a small flower meadow. Toffee and a hint of chocolate complete the variety of flavors. The main character from the aromas is: sourly fruity with a pleasant sweetness and a smoke that does not completely dominate and cover everything, but comes across a little easier than I expected.

    The whisky in the mouth is strong and sharp, the alcohol is really violent. I can't drink more than a sip undiluted. The smoke spreads throughout the mouth, the sweetness provides a great counterpoint, the citrus fruits ensure a pleasant freshness and lightness. I also have salt in my mouth, which gives the whisky a slightly maritime touch.

    Now I dilute the whisky down to about 54% alcohol. In the nose, the acidic citrus flavors become a little softer, but the chocolate becomes stronger and nuts are added. The whisky is now much softer in the mouth, the sharpness has now been reduced to a drinkable level, but can still be felt. The water is good for the whisky. The fruits are now more noticeable, the spices with black pepper, ginger and chilli are very strong. In addition, there is the salt again, which harmonizes simply with the smoke. I like this! Associations with rubber, ash and a freshly burned campfire with softwood are awakened. A little chocolate powder is very subtle. The tannins of the barrels are quite soft, but they get a little stronger in the end.

    In the finish I have smoke with burnt down pine cones, rubber, ashes in combination with salt, citrus and dark chocolate with chewed walnuts. The tannins gradually provide more dryness in the mouth. As expected, the smoke stays in the mouth for a long time, but the other flavors disappear quickly.

    Overall, this is a delicious whisky, but I feel a little impetuous. Adding water is strongly recommended here, otherwise the alcohol is simply too hot on the tongue. I have seen this softer and better integrated with other whiskys with similar alcohol strength. The smoke is very delicate and leaves enough space for the other flavors. The finish is unfortunately a bit too flat and boring for me. I found it better in the nose and mouth.

    I give it 87/100 points. A great whisky, but nothing to knock my socks off.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Peat with a strong smoky effect, with oven soot, charcoal, vanilla, dried fruits and salt in the aroma, the taste is sour-salty, sea, with hints of vanilla, dried fruit, smoked meats and lemon cake with cream, the finish is tart, bitter, smoked-vanilla.
    Assertive, straightforward, honest, a little one-sided Octomore. In its directness, it has a very dense, oily pleasant body with a distinct vanilla domination over this whole smoked-smoky topic.

    RATING: 88pts - [n22, t22, f22, b22] → | 86-89: Remarkable |

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very light, with plenty of agave, almost tequila-like. Or I should say mezcal, of course, my bad. First-fill casks apparently, yet this is pretty spirit forward. Balanced vegetal peat, with subtle smoke (yes, subtle), notes of banana. And if you give it time, there's a quite intense, yet lovely vanilla sweetness. Indeed, that's the first-fill cask influence right there.
    • Taste
      The arrival is quite brazen, but settles down. Chock full of thick, dense smoke, with whiffs of rubber and char, but there's a caramel sweetness as well, with plenty of vanilla and a whisper of lemon.
    • Finish
      Lingering peat smoke, licorice and a whisper of milk chocolate.

  7. singlecask_luke scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Unmistakable Laddie character, impressive and pleasant malt (for 5 years at cask strength). The bourbon barrels have a wonderful sweetness and enrich the distillery character. Overall, a very coherent and pleasant everyday octomore. : D
    • Nose
      87 87
      Frosting, vanilla, citrus fruits, light wood, very creamy sweetness, lemon cream, soft and flattering, a little cooling menthol, light chocolate, very light fruit, a bit spicy, slightly maritime, a bit mineral, malty sweetness, floral. After a while, red fruits come through, the smoke is extremely subtle, the alcohol is very well integrated. Second nose: almost sugary sweetness, vanilla, some pastries, mineral, earthy.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft, dry, malty, dry grain notes, some vanilla, light dry wood, mineral, maritime, tart, salty
    • Finish
      87 87
      Great sweetness, vanilla, light wood, citrus notes, flattering and warming smoke, lemon cream, warm winter fireplace, damp wood, slightly dry, slightly tart

  8. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a series of 5 Octomores: 09.1 (82 pts.), 09.2 (83), 09.3 (82), 10yo 3rd Limited Release (84), and Futures (82).

    As you can see by the scores, I'm not the biggest fan of Octomore, an opinion I've had already before, and which was confirmed by this set, because beyond the massive darkness of the peat, there's very little there.
    • Nose
      A pitchlike peatiness, quite unlike any other whisky, even Ardbeg Supernova.Strong notes of young oak, and this sweetness that I later found out was coming from a mix of bourbon casks. A bale of cheap leather jackets and cheesecloth. Feels somehow synthetic. With water, some ultra-smoked barley, pitch, cheesecloth again, and faint horse manure, with a good amount of bourbon as well. Better neat.
    • Taste
      The peat's not rough and raking, but it certainly is scorching on the tongue and in the cheeks. An unusually oily, soft body, which is a plus, but sadly it tastes like some kind of a bourbon finish at insane PPM levels. I like it better with water, but it gets quite sweet then.
    • Finish
      First wet plaster, and then what feels like sweet white dessert wine mixed with loud, drying peatiness.

  10. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    It's not the Octomore high-flyer now, but it's a delicious thing. Overall, a good Islay whisky, but nothing more. Is it worth the price? Yes and no. Octomore lovers will definitely enjoy it, I would buy 2 or 3 Islay standards for it.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose doesn't start as smoky as expected, for me more like the Caol Ila 12 category. Despite the strength of 59%, the alcohol is very well integrated. It is definitely mineral, which is also reflected in the short maturation period. There is chilli, pepper and salt. Fine sweetness in the background. After a few minutes of standing, something medical. So what you would expect from an Octomore, but light. Nothing special, but still very beautiful.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Amazingly sweet and beautifully oily, you don't need to dilute either. There are fruity notes behind the smoke, but really little. Smoke, very sweet, otherwise little going on. I like it anyway.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is moderately smoky, sweet and persistent. Well!


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