Octomore Edition 09.1 διάλογος / 156 PPM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 162.23

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 09.1 διάλογος / 156 PPM

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.76 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. 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.

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 88pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose has a bold and quite sweet profile with notes of milk chocolate, chimney and salty smoked meat.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is pretty oily and peppery with touches of smoked sausages, salted caramel and lemon tart.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is medium to long with beautiful profile of roasted coffee, nutty cream and lingering smoke.

  6. thebonewolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose screams Bruichladdich distillate right off the bat and the intense finish could only be an Octomore. This is a strong dram in all senses of the word; it’s of great quality and is a very slow dram. Not only will you get more out of it by really savoring it, it’s hard to drink quickly. Very surprising is how the smoke was moderate in the nose, absent in the taste, and then a monster in the finish. This dram is an experience and tells a story.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoky, funky. Tough to do but possible to tease out a vague fruitiness in the nose, though it’s competing with a lot of ethanol.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Toasted nut, fruit (subtle and dark), heat.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Peaty, smoky punch. Peppery build into fade. Medium-long.

  7. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Salty chimney with oven soot, smoke meats, sea spray, cream and lemon tart.

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

  9. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Max70 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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