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Octomore Edition 09.3 διάλογος / 133 PPM

Overall rating
88.11/100
votes
288
Whiskybase ID
WB114301
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley - Irene's Field
Vintage
2012
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Oak
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
62.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L162505 18/290
Barcode
5055807410854
Added on
28 jun 2018 4:37 pm by Lord Octomore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 228.00

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288 × member ratings

863 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 09.3 διάλογος / 133 PPM

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.11 points

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very good, but not as good as the 4.2, 6.3, 7.3 or 8.3. My least favourite of these releases. I think Octomore is slipping as of late and I wonder if this is a sign of a new trend in what to expect going forward.

    May 27 2019: Had another dram near the end of this bottle after more than two months of oxidation, and it has improved quite a bit from the first few drams I had.

    These Octomore's improve immensely (two-four months) after opening. Best to rate Octomore's at half the fill level or lower and at least two-four months after opening to allow a true representation of what an Octomore can be, and is. Fantastic stuff!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] A quick review of a sample...

    ...that proves why I do not like Octomore at all. To me this is a dull modern whisky with a stupid design (as much peat as possible regardless how it tastes) that owns the sexiness of a religious extremist. From time to time I taste an Octomore sample simply to remind me what I do not like.

    But again, there is no accounting for taste and I acknowledge that many others enjoy such extremes - or is it just the clever marketing of Jim that is based on our relentless search of unique impressions? I am too old for this, I am in search of enjoyable moments instead...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers this aggressive bitter-peaty profile that some adore - but sorry folks, to me this is just dull. When I sit at a bonfire and the thick smoke blows towards my position I stand up and move to a less annoying place. So why should I sniff this thick smoke out of my glass? Just because it is ... extreme?
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is just two-dimensional on heavy peaty notes and sweet barley sugars - all other flavours are buried under these bold impressions. So why should I drink this - just because it is ... extreme? Sorry, I am not an extremist!
    • Finish
      81 81
      The dram arrives warming and a little hot on the palate with a nice creamy mouthfeel but bitter-astringent moments from the heavy peating level, too. The finish is long and turns more bitter towards the end which is unpleasant to my taste buds. Water strengthens the bitter-peaty notes - so add it only if you are an extreme peat-head...

  3. dandyman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting, two dram note.

    Probably the best balanced heavily peated whisky I ever had. All flavours are so well intermingled and balanced, it's simply just a pure joy to drink this. Even this is not very complex, I never got bored nosing and tasting this because the fruitiness is right up my alley, and it's just so well made. I would've never guessed this were a 60+% cask strength, as the alcohol is so well integrated, which makes this dangerously quaffable. The dry carbolicness this provides is as clean as a whistle. In combination with this bright and yellow fruitiness and this very warm and earthy peatiness, and this staggering balance, this makes for an exceptional heavily peated dram.
    If this would show a little more complexity, this would be 90+ points for sure.
    And I thought, exceptional heavily peated drams of this quality were extinct nowadays...
    • Nose
      carbolic, dry, warm, earthy peat, baked potatoe skins, a yellow and bright fruitiness reveals itself after a moment, cooked fruits, greengage plums, mirabelles, quince jelly, a little hay and hints of farmhouse, rich and measured nose with an exceptional balance, not very complex but also pretty much flawless.
    • Taste
      very measured arrival even if undiluted, carbolic earthy notes alongside fruity sweetness, the aromas of the nose translate into flavours, quince jelly, baked potatoe skins, a little hay and farmhouse, some dryness, warm and earthy peat notes develop into a big fruity carbolicness that peaks at the second part of the developement into the finish, greengage plums again, mirabelles, big body with a nice depth and again an outstanding balance, dangerously moreish.
    • Finish
      carbolic, dry, earthy peat, quince jelly, hints of hay and farmhouse, warming, medium to long.

  4. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    First encounter with Octomore and I expect something approaching the high-ester jamaican rums.

    N : mix of charcoal smoke and turpentine, a touch iodine and vanilla. Maybe a little herbs too (seaweed ?). It's a nice multifaceted peat and not that aggressive, but it's all about peat. After half and hour it opens differently, sweetness gets more prominent : cereals and sugary biscuits but also a cold chlorophyllic presence I never experienced in any other whisky. I might be losing it, after ten more minutes I start smelling something close to pesto.
    M : back on some more regular tracks with black pepper, coastal smoke and expected vanilla sweetness. I'm not sure how to explain this; but it's at the same time mouthcoating and drying. I'll add touch of oak bitterness to the list.
    F : neverending (seriously) iodine smoke with the chlorophyll come-back.

    That was some nosing. And I didn't specify but at 62.9% the alcohol is incredibly smoothed out. 8/10

    Came back to it five months later and my notes are still very relevant. I'm adding : juniperus and black radish on the nose, still schizophrenic texture-wise in mouth with a touch of barbecued pork ribs. That chlorophyll in the finish again ! Definitely buying a bottle.

  5. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Peat, nice smoke, bacon, salty, sea breeze. after the first peat wave the sweetness kicks in. sweet barley, some spicey ginger, some yellow fruits. mingles nicely with the peat. finish is long and full of peat. Fine Ocotmore!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pretty coastal with a good bit of salty sea spray, light notes of rubber gloves, and a fair amount of sugary barley water. The smoke might be the most intense of the three. Subtle oak shavings, as well as charred lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Honey and nectarines, with dense wood smoke, and a sprinkle of salt, with a whisper of ginger. Slightly medicinal, with a hint of iodine and a whiff of licorice.
    • Finish
      Iodine, peat and pickled lemon.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the Whisky Show, Budapest 2018.10.27.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Acre peat, rather balais, but which is gently tempered by syrah and rivesaltes. Malt is - as often - clearly in the spotlight. Young, fresh and lively in the mouth, but without the defects of youth. Roots enough, plugged into the cereal. The wine barrels are only there to slightly round the corners, without allowing to express their primary aromas.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

    Whisky n ° 1865

  9. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    variation
    • Nose
      fumé,viandé,carnassier
      fruits murs et un peu talés!
    • Taste
      le fumé ressort de suite,avec une sensation sale de moisissure,de viande carnée,la tourbe parvient à adoucir cela avec des épices aussi relevés,poivrés
      un peu de boisé humide,mais baigné dans la terre grasse de bord de mer
    • Finish
      moyenne à longue,c'est tenace,fort ,imposant

  10. whisky666 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    With a drop or two of water, the trend goes in the direction of 90
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Merl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. froyer scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Awesome Octomore. Sweet nose, strong peat finish, without feeling the 62.9% alcohol.

  14. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very clean, almost sweet bourbon. vanilla and plum, icing sugar. At times winey hints, more red than white. Wood leaf and quince jam. Pear of comicia and green tomatoes. Slight acidity, on blueberries more than lemon. Fairly ample iodine. Sandy land. Sticky peat. Stagnant water. Almond paste, hint of anise. Varnished mahogany. A little gluttony, candied fruit, sparkling water. Very sweet in the mouth, then strong spices, chilli, pepper, cumin. Yellow plum. Strong finish but not too long, where the peppers stand out, then honey, currants, hazelnuts. After a minute, star anise, cinnamon.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/06/octomore-093-dialogos-2012-5-yo.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. Dominique69 scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. TP_Wtr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. ValStern scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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).

    Funny how this Islay barley one is the one in the 09. series that smells and feels like an Islay whisky. Is this terroir? ;) The others could be ultra-peaty experiments from anywhere with their lack of typical Islay notes, but this one is closer to a refill bourbon Caol Ila turned up to 11.
    • Nose
      Faintly saline and lemony, strongly smoky. WIth water, horse stables, fresh rosemary, and rock salt. With water the horse stable thing gets too loud. Better neat.
    • Taste
      Drier than 09.1 or 09.2, lacking that finish-like feel they have. Lots of sweet lemon, coal-y peat, and a fatty, oily mouthfeel. With water, the wood comes out more, and the whole becomes too flat for me. Neat, I liked this more.
    • Finish
      Makes my lips feel oily. The finish is the same as the taste, but weirdly short for me. Were it longer, heavier, I could give it more points.

  20. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It is always fascinating how well a paper-based, young and high-proof whisky with massive smoke can be drunk, a piece of crumble cake with apricot at the campfire
    • Nose
      The first impression is sweet, a lot of vanilla, and of course smoke, ppm are relative, but in this case it comes across as quite smoky on the nose and does what you expect from an Octomore, malty, a touch of cinnamon, really a lot of vanilla, a bit of caramel, biscuit dough with a pinch of pepper, briefly I have to think of speculoos, at least in the rough direction, very pleasant to smell despite 60% +, it is also fruity, slightly tart and yellow, could be apricot, lies above everything a very light floral note
    • Taste
      sweet, creamy, vanilla, a lot of vanilla, cookie dough, light acidity, chalky, apricot, the smoke is there, dry and ashy, but in the nose it was clearer, hinted at the cinnamon in the batter, the mouth is bursting with vanilla Sweet with yellow fruit embedded in sprinkles, tasty, easy to drink undiluted
    • Finish
      drier, vanilla, lemon concentrate on the palate, that very sour, salt on the tip of the tongue, getting tart, the smoke now really hits with a lot of ash, still creamy, long-lasting, especially the smoke

  21. the_muskox scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Delicious. It feels incredibly cohesive despite all the crazy flavours and intensity. The wine casks are very subtle but really work. As tasty as this is, I don’t know if I like it any more than the also-delicious 9.1. They’re pretty different: this one doesn’t have quite as much complexity, and trades in the fruit and herbs for more meat and honey. I’d give this one half a point of an edge if I could, but I can’t, so whatever. Bottom line: drink this and be happy.

    Nose: Incredibly rich, malty, and meaty. A good bit of of peat smoke, earthy, charcoal-y, and medicinal. Vaguely rubbery. Salami and ham aplenty, along with both hard cheese and goat’s cheese. The body is all barley sugar, honey, salted caramel, and chocolate-covered sponge toffee. Sunflower seeds and some walnuts. Mushrooms, soy sauce, and dark chocolate. A little bit of sappy green wood and forest floor. French vanilla! It’s not particularly fruity aside from the barley sugar, but there’s definitely some pear, apricot, and green grape in there.
    The sweetness builds as it sits in the glass: it gets cleaner, fruitier and more honeyed. Some vanilla, pear, and mint

    Palate: Oily texture. This round fruity note actually opens up here, before more of that goat cheese and honey. Lovely rich dirty funk, toasted sesame seeds, oregano, and new leather. The development is pure barley and peat, which I think is the whole idea with the x.3s. Then comes lots more dark chocolate, toffee, honey, nuts, and smoke. Just a bit of dried fruit in there, coming across as a sweet rounded mustiness.

    Finish: Lots of honey, almost texturaly, too. Ripe fruit: strawberry, orange, nectarine, dates. Oh hey, it’s my favourite note: strawberry-jam-glazed kosher salami cooked in a dirty wok in the woods! Medicinal notes and earth. Honey and nuts. Black pepper, sundried tomatoes, and truffle oil (that’s a new one!). Tropical fruit fading into the distance.

  22. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh and sharp, but also farmy and rich. Dry peat, sea spray, mild citrus, mild oak, card board.
    • Taste
      Drier and spicier than most .3 Octomores I've tried. Dry peat, ash, vegetal notes, saline, and mild honey undertones. Still quite full on the palate, if dry.
    • Finish
      Long and peaty and ashy finish. Mild honey sweetness with saline, spice, and dryness.

  23. Auriverdes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. Islaywolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    If you like smoky Islay Whisky, you've come to the right place at Octomore 09.3.
    A single paints whisky that gives the island again from the nose to the mouth to the finish.
    With every glass you feel transported back to the whisky island of dreams. ;)
    • Nose
      93 93
      Scent of mash, peat, a little sugar syrup
    • Taste
      92 92
      Then smoky on the tip of the tongue
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long smoky
      Fresh oak
      And of course the alcohol !!!

  25. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    If you like really cool peat bombs, you are always well advised with an Octomore! In contrast to the 07.3er it is a bit milder, but still a dream of a malt. Respect the Bruichladdich masterminds!
    Tested at a whisky studio opening.
    Thanks again to the owner!
    • Nose
      92 92
      From a distance it can be guessed that this is an Octomore.
      Heavy peat note, leathery with a little sweetness.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity, a little honey, maybe a little fresh fruit. You can feel the high alcohol content, which, however, pleasantly unfolds its strength on the tongue.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Here again the 133ppm really comes into its own.
      Despite the sharpness, I was surprised by the pleasant finish.
      After 8cl you should maybe pause the Octomore a little, otherwise the tasting could end badly.
      Among us Steiers;
      He's just gawking out the Liachta !!

  26. berarith73 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. Lcluy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. hzs275 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. bankimate scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fruit leather, smoke, spice, caramel, malt, roasted nuts and oil.

    Palate: Plasticy smoke, BBQ sweetness, spice, caramel, roasted nuts and dried bananas.

    Finish: Long -> BBQ sweetness and smoke with some fruit.

  34. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a good Octomore, greedy and quite fine. Beautiful peat.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very greedy nose, on oily fish, pastry notes, Sauternes, cooked fruits. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mouth very greedy, with a nice sweet peat (cooked cake, yellow fruits, oily fish). End of mouth on dried fruits and ashes
    • Finish
      88 88
      Final in agreement with the final. nice length.

  36. Gris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/notes/octomore-09-3.html
    • Nose
      Des notes herbacées et boisées se font premièrement ressentir. Quelque chose de médicinal dans l’ensemble, accompagné de notes caoutchouteuses. Pour un whisky affichant autant de ppm au compteur, je m’attendais à une attaque hyper tourbée et beaucoup plus puissante. Mais ce n’est pas plus mal et l’ajout d’eau le rend encore plus doux et plus agréable au nez ;)
    • Taste
      Des notes florales, citronnées et mielleuses qui, elles aussi, se développent d’avantage avec l’ajout d’un peu d’eau. Quelques touches épicées, de poisson fumé, de sel et de fumée (mais qui n’est pas âcre, là aussi contrairement à ce que j’attendais) complètent le tableau. C’est puissant mais surtout complexe. Décidément, je suis agréablement surpris, on est loin de la bombe trop tourbée que je craignais.
    • Finish
      De longueur moyenne, sur le sel et la fumée légère, un peu comme un feu de broussailles et d’herbes aromatiques.

  37. besar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not an outstanding Octomore, but it's not bad either.
    • Nose
      Smoke and peat. Saltedminerals, lemon peel, rubber and camphor.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Malt, caramel, honey, matured oak, citruses, ginger and white pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky.

  39. angielondonct scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Octomore 09.3
    Super heavily peated
    Peated to 133 PPM
    5 years old
    62.9% vol.
    Vintage 2012
    Mostly second fill American whisky barrels
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose: Smoky, barley & perfumed/floral
    • Taste
      87 87
      Palate: Smoky, fruity, citrusy & salty
    • Finish
      88 88
      Final: The aftertaste is rich and rounded. Very pleasant toasty & smoke notes ????

  40. angielondonct scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Octomore 09.3
    Super heavily peated
    Peated to 133 PPM
    5 years old
    62.9% vol.
    Vintage 2012
    Mostly second fill American whisky barrels
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose: Smoky, barley & perfumed/floral
    • Taste
      87 87
      Palate: Smoky, fruity, citrusy & salty
    • Finish
      88 88
      Final: The aftertaste is rich and rounded. Very pleasant toasty & smoke notes ????

  41. Lorion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good, but not a high-flyer. The nose pulls it up a bit and makes it scratch the "very good". 84 points in total.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh, sweet smoke. Lime pie. Vanilla joins. It smells "creamy". Some dill is in the background. The sweet maltiness is very dominant. Sugar ashes.

      Water: The sweetness goes back a bit, it becomes kräutriger.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Tingling and quite stormy. The whisky is also creamy and full. Citrus fruits and cereals. The ash comes through in the tasting very clearly.

      Water: Much sweeter. Cake dough with frosting!
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium long and fruity, the smoke is surprisingly discreet.

  42. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  43. drummer & timmer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    OCTOMORE
    DIALOGOS 09.3
    Just 52 tonnes of precious Islay barley were malted to produce this single farm Octomore 09.3 edition. Raised in Irene’s Field on Octomore Farm in 2011, this uber-provenance single malt was later distilled and filled into 134 casks. Predominantly second-fill, the gentler influence of the wood allows more of the locally grown barley flavours to cut through the legendary peat smoke.
    Source: Bruichladdich

  44. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    CHARACTER – Wild, Ileach, if this whisky could speak it would only speak in Gaelic. Atlantic coast raised. Out on the edge, the sense of place is strong.

    AROMA – Malted barley, Horlicks, the smell of the mash going into the mashtun. Heather wildfire, black tea, golden syrup, lemon sponge.

    TASTE – Golden syrup in the tin, smoked tea, wort, malted barley, pear, peach melba. Sea spray, heather flowers.

    FINISH – Smoke, toasted oak, rye bread, salt, ozone.

    COLOUR – Rusty/Sepia.

    (https://www.bruichladdich.com/laddie-shop/octomore/octomore-09-3-dialogos-133ppm/)

  45. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  46. CaskHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Port Charlotte/Octomore and Syrath ... what else to say?!

  47. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich says:

    "OCTOMORE 09.3 διάλογος is:

    Uber-provenance single malt whisky; one field, one farm, one vintage

    Malted to 133PPM

    Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012

    Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whisky and French wine casks

    Five aged years in 1st fill ex-American (25%), 3rd fill virgin oak (25%), 2nd fill Rivesaltes (20%), 2nd fill Syrah (20%), 2nd fill bourbon (10%)

    Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery, 62.9% alc. / vol.

    Limited to 18,000 bottles"

  48. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

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