Octomore Edition 02.2 / 140

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
05 years old
Bourbon / Château Petrus Wine Casks Finish
Number of bottles
61.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 Dec 2009 9:25 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 846.94

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 02.2 / 140

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.44 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Beautiful. At the beginning, the high alcohol content of 61% ensures a cooling freshness. An intense smokiness with fruity accents flows out of my glass with full force. I place the dominant smoke in the direction of a campfire with smoked aromas and a subtle tanner note. In combination with the red fruits and slightly vinous aromas very fascinating and for me so far unique. Cherries, raspberries, currants, grapes and a hint of honey and vanilla are now flooding my nose. Subtle oak notes and maritime hints linger in the background. After a good 30 minutes nosing with plenty of discoveries, the anticipation of the tasting increases.
    • Taste
      How good is the drop please pure drinkable? Extremely oily, silky soft and mouth-lining without end. Ample smoke and sweetness I perceive in the first moments, the tip of the tongue tingles to a pleasant extent. I do not add water. Campfire smoke, smoked dates in bacon and a massive sweetness of honey, vanilla and various red berries form the flavor foundation. The beautiful smoke is always present, plenty of cherries, currants, blackberries, oranges, grapefruit and honey with vanilla pods ensure the fruity-sweet impact that lasts long. In the background linger again a subtle oak and maritime notes, especially salty hints are palpable. Extremely complex, balanced and harmonious. I like it very much!
    • Finish
      Very long. The smoke pushes again correctly and is now slightly ashy. A light pepperiness and fruity-sweet aromas make for a complex finish. After 1-2 minutes a little drier, with a slight bitterness. The smoke stays for a few minutes, and some salt is added again.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  An interesting experiment, but I am not sure if I still like it.  So I have another dram from a saved sample...

    When I tried this dram first it was spectacular to experience such a massive profile but now and many, many heavily-peated releases later I think these are drams for masochists (not just for the taste but for the price too), and masochists are used to pay a lot of money for a painful mistreatment.  Nevertheless I have such a dram from time to time, maybe we all own a little masochistic tendency in our genes...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose is an interesting combination of heavy peat and massive wine aromas and it seems to me as if they were fighting for dominance. Unclear who wins, and harmony smells differently.
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the palate clearly the heavy peat is the winner that kicks all my tastebuds in the ass (sorry for the strong word, but it is as it is...). The wine flavours soothe the pain a little bit.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is long as can be expected given these strong flavours.

  3. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    22-23-23-23, the nose is not mine, but the taste and aftertaste at the height. And a good balance.

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    22-23-23-23, the nose is not mine, but the taste and aftertaste at the height. Good balance. And I do not feel the coal. Thank you, Tony)

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The wine penetrates this one through and through. For me, this style is not at all preferred, but I can understand its unapologetic audacity will appeal to some.
    Tasted with the following Octomores: 01.1 (85 pts.) 02.1 (84), 03.1 (82), 04.1 (88), and 04.2 (83). While 04.1 was my favourite, Nearly half of the attending tasters voted 02.2 their top dram of the night.

    Some interesting tidbits mentioned during the tasting: There are among other factors two pretty big ones for why Octomore's peat tastes the way it does. The first is that all the peat is from the mainland, as Octomore does not use Port Ellen maltings or Islay peat. The second is that Bruichladdich's stills are loaded only to around 60% capacity and driven very carefully, so there is a lot of copper contact going on, which explains why the whisky's stated PPM level does not translate directly to the level of peatiness you experience when nosing and tasting it.

    In retrospect tasting 6 cask strength Octomores was the most difficult tasting I've ever been in. If regular peated Islay whisky can at times provide magnificent detail and contrast comparable to the Dutch master painters, having nothing but Octomore feels like trying to replicate a Rembrandt with a paint roller. The loudness of the phenols and the tight ABV clog the senses, so I could only finish the glass I deemed the best, and had to let my overworked nose and palate rest after that. An interesting experience in total, but I don't think I want to do it again.
    • Nose
      Oh, it's a freak. Charred wood, red wine, sweet BBQ sauce, brown sauce, a candy that combines both fruit and salty liquorice (Sirkusaakkoset for you Finns), bouillons, and allspice. This is so savoury and smoky it's more like a food than a drink. I'm having unfortunate flashbacks to the two 15yo wine finished Port Charlottes released for the FI market, but thankfully this isn't quite as rubbery. The wine is so forward on the nose it's almost like nosing a glass of the stuff itself.
    • Taste
      My god there is a lot of peat here! It still shocks me after already having had a sip of 01.1 and 02.1 neat. Maybe the wine pops it out harder than bourbon? Smoked winegums, herbal salts, and harsh peatiness. Water helps even it out a bit, but it's still somewhat unlikely.
    • Finish
      Chalky and winelike. Lasting and very punchy. Climbs up my nose and burns there for a while.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Starts very sweet with vinous aromas, raspberries, currants and then gradually becomes drier and smokier, almost sooty. Now the peat breaks in paired with an energetic salt note. With water: horse stable, lots of salt, peat, full roasted aromas and again this vinous sweetness as well as blood oranges, raspberries and currants. Overall, a nice balancing act of red fresh fruitiness and roasted smoke flavors.
    • Taste
      Begins with full hot roasting aromas, such as freshly roasted coffee beans or cocoa, as well as huge smoldering peat smoke, pungent saltiness and a restrained red fruitiness. With water: softer and clearly fruity after various red fruits, salt and sooty peat smoke.
    • Finish
      Long and very roasted.

  9. TDMartijn scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Octomore's doesn't come any better than this. Period.

  10. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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