Octomore Edition 02.2 / 140

Overall rating
89.50/100
votes
395
Whiskybase ID
WB12204
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Orpheus
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Bourbon / Château Petrus Wine Casks Finish
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
61.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
618105000476
Added on
11 dec 2009 9:25 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 910.52

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 02.2 / 140

50 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.50 points.

  1. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Well, Orpheus was a poet. Just as he might have painted linguistic images, so can his liquid namesake. I had a lot of fun with it, although I have to admit: It's definitely not suitable for everyone. I would even say not even for every peathead. If it is still comparatively harmless in the nose, it is quickly brutal in the mouth. You have to be able to endure that. A work of art or an artificial work? I think it's an asset to the whisky world. But not the best Octomore I've ever tasted.

    Full review in a session of seven Octomore: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/24/eins-null-null-null/
    • Nose
      91 91
      Closed. Very closed even. A slight sweetness, a slightly acrid smoke when inhaling very deeply. It takes its time. After a few minutes and a few turns in the glass, it starts. "Eisbonbon" in a bucket of damp earth. Sugared red fruits, leather straps, fine woods. Fruity tobacco and fruit tea. Orange jam. You know, the ones with the peel in it. The whole thing is surrounded by peat, smoke and sometimes a little cowshed. More framing than enclosing.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A sweet mélange of smoke, ash and woods that doesn't fill the whole mouth. It is surprisingly soft for the high alcohol content and less surprisingly demanding in terms of aromas. The red and dark fruits can hardly fight their way through, together with a little honey they only succeed here and there.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Tobacco leaves and eucalyptus dry on the grate above the peat smoke. Pink pepper is cracked open and spread on a cake with honey glaze and currants. Ash and woods are still very present. The length is gigantic.

  2. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose - clear smoke, caramelized bacon, lots of ripe fruit, great milk chocolate,

    Taste - beautiful sweet smoke, grilled plums, apricots, peaches, ash, sticky milk chocolate, eucalyptus resin, dense and oily, alcohol perfectly integrated.

    Finish - ash, sweet red fruit, eucalyptus, I do not know how with octomore you can say that it is dessert but it is, beautifully extinguished with sweet smoke and peach jam,

  3. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. amiridis scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Side by side tasting notes 02.2, 02.1, MP6 #0022

    first of all, sorry for the long text. I have taken the tasting specifically to compare all 3 different maturations of the same distillate and posting them separately without the comparative notes would somehow diminish the intended impact and value.

    Freshly opened:

    Nose:

    02.2 has the most earthy nose of the three, with very apparent red fruit (mostly strawberries)

    02.1 a bit sharper - the same earthy note, but with citrus, pear and a small bit of vanilla scent, combining in something like a animal-like smell on the back of the nose

    0022 the most restrained, almost no feeling of peat on the nose, the ribeira del duero gives only soft caramel smell with some gentle wood notes (sandalwood?), slight hint of sulphur? sawdust

    Palate:

    02.2 amazing strawberry pie sprinkled with fresh earth which hosted a fire. "Hell yeah" is an understatement. This is definitely my dram.

    02.1 actually more fruit on palate than on the nose. Pear with citrus zest, the smoke attack soon enough, then lingering honey with sweet grapefruit

    0022 quick heated mouth coating, salivating - wood from the start, but not bitter, slightly astringent
    second sip gives less heat and more sweeter notes from he wood. sour cherries perhaps?
    dark caramel or coffee, not burnt. tannins from wood, still not really bitter. the sweet, yet older wood stays on the tongue for a long time

    Repeat after letting it breathe in glass for 40 minutes:

    02.2 strawberries take the front, together with some darker sweet fruit, perhaps plums? sweet oak appears, earth/peat settles to the background.

    02.1 pear and grapes on the front , but the earth (and peat smoke) weaves around them and interacts.

    0022 more wood and sawdust on the nose, with sugar topping (for real, still not that drunk:-)

    With a few drops of water:

    Nose:

    02.2 strawberry mixing with a suddenly appeared waxed wood note - like table in a victorian study room. cigar smoke just lightly lingers on old draperies

    02.1 additional grassy or heathery note, with soft honey

    0022 additionally some fruit also coming out, grapes? mirabelle plums? peat gets back, more earthy then initial. burnt match sulphur remains as undertone, bud not in a bad way. complements the rest

    Palate:

    02.2 even on palate the wood is coming out, in quite a settled way, not killing the red fruit (fresh strawberries not that apparent now - looks like they got pickled in the meantime;-). All the parts intertwine nicely, peat, fruit, wood. Amazing balance. On finish the fruit leaves first, wood remains with ash and slight sweetness

    02.1 settled down really well, candied lemon peel with added sweet citrus (not precisely identifiable). The most fresh feeling of the 3 after more than an hour in the glass. The grass stays on the nose, perhaps a bit of rosemary on the palate. The finish is shorter but the earth comes out again and supports the sweet lemon peel. Together they taste almost waxy.

    0022 sweetness comes out now, sweet sugary wood with grapes and a bit of caramel (not salty) topping linger on tongue forever. Unfortunately a slight bitterness comes back into play here, which, for me, spoils it a bit (but that might be just the mood-of-the-moment thing)

  5. ea teasse scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Bloody awesome! The red fruits bursting through the peat attack. The ABV is perfect. It's a kick in the teeth, but one where you will say thank you after receiving it.

  6. mnljng scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. gossm01 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and a high intensity bouquet. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, bacon, caramel, vanilla, red fruits and honey sweetness. Relatively complex. Sweetish in taste. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and it's heavily bodied.

  8. Luigisim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I am not a big fan of Octomore, but this is a stunning dram
    It reminds me of Port Charlotte and its secondary smoke of tobacco leaves.

  9. pecathor scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Probably the very best Octomore I have ever had. I mean... It literally brought tears of joy to my eyes! Even the empty glass brings more excitement than many other full glasses...
    • Nose
      95 95
      OMG! What a nose! Such a rich profile! Red fruit (raspberries, strawberries), malt, cereals, herbs, intense smoke, red wine notes, alcohol is very well integrated, overall smooth with no off notes
    • Taste
      95 95
      The experience continues with very oily mouthfeel, very intense smoke, charcoal smoke, smoked bacon, sweet malt, more fruit, honey, vanilla
    • Finish
      93 93
      very long, dry, bitter, smoky

  10. herby.usa scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Many of you have already rated Orpheus.
    I can only agree with the aroma notes and taste notes.
    I am always amazed how a malt that is only 5 years old is so outstanding.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  11. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful, I love the fruity and soft way that a wine barrel gives the otherwise extremely peaty and smoky Octomore. Fruity, sweet and peaty, that's how an Octomore has to be for me!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      The Octomore in the Premium Snifter shimmers wonderfully red, thick "legs" stick to the glass wall, the beguilingly sweet peat aroma is perceptible from afar ... Sweet peat with sticky fruit sweetness rises powerfully, hints of bacon poured out in butter flash, a colorful one Fruit basket distributes its fruity and sweet aroma. Grilled apricots and strawberries, cherries, currants and blackberries, vineyard peach garnished with a hint of fly ash, oily and greasy, a hint of campfire and burnt wood. The high alcohol content is wonderfully soft and harmonious, with minimal floral and grassy hints.
    • Taste
      The Octomore flows sweet and fruity over the tongue, little by little peat and burnt wood tones come into their own, fly ash and oily pancetta, caramel with a hint of milk chocolate, the alcohol also looks wonderfully soft and well integrated in the mouth. Smoky wood tones give way to a slightly peppery sharpness, ash and embers emerge, red fruit ends sweet on the palate.
    • Finish
      Mild and voluminous at the same time, peat and smoke stick to the palate, the mouthfeel becomes oily and greasy, hazelnuts appear, the sweet red fruits gradually fade, but hints of eucalyptus and menthol now appear on the tip of the tongue. The voluminous and smoky peat taste stays in my memory for a long time and puts a smile on my face!

  12. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. ValStern scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. MH90 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      What a special campfire, the ashes still come through a bit. Warm summer evening at the beach, dried fruit, smoldering wood, cherries / red fruits / red wine; wonderfully fruity smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Gosh this is a bowl of peat. An ashtray with some red wine in it. I like peated but this is a bit too far up the spectrum for me. A lot of taste is lost with me.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, soft and gradual. Extinguishing fire with red wine elements.

  15. MH90 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      What a special campfire, the ashes still come through a bit. Warm summer evening at the beach, dried fruit, smoldering wood, cherries / red fruits / red wine; wonderfully fruity smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Gosh this is a bowl of peat. An ashtray with some red wine in it. I like peated but this is a bit too far up the spectrum for me. A lot of taste is lost with me.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and soft

  16. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oh yeah! What a monster. Big strong wine notes, but super savoury and briny, with that ever-present black olive note. The cask and spirit both stand strong, but mesh enough for the whisky to feel cohesive. I think it’s at least as good as the other wine-matured Octomores I’ve had. My favourite Octomores tend to be the ones with a more subtle cask influence, but this is totally delicious.

    Nose: Pungent! Pork, in several forms: pork belly, Spanish chorizo, and bacon. Something like wood-smoked red fruit, particularly strawberries. Seaweed and salted black licorice, with a slightly more vegetal note of caramelized fennel. Sweet honey and some of that lactic Bruichladdich funk. A briny note of black olives.

    Palate: Thick texture. Loads of red fruit up front: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and plums. Loads of intense campfire smoke in the middle, with hardwood charcoal, black pepper, and more briny black olives. There’s an undercurrent of sweet malt and milk chocolate.

    Finish: Fairly long. Grilled red peppers, toasted sesame seeds, and olive oil. Blueberries, black olives, and prunes. Burning cedar boughs.

  17. BenNevis66 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Amazingly mild 61% alc. can be involved.
    The fullness of the Petruscask combined with the elegant smoke,
    a MADNESS!
    Awesome whisky !!!!!

  18. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very high quality, beautiful octomore with very pleasant red fruit notes.
    • Nose
      Bacon, ham, cumin, cardamom, saffron, dry algae, liquorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, rye bread, cranberries
    • Taste
      Strawberries wrapped in dried algae, dried raspberries, Parma ham, forest honey, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, rosemary, toffee, raisins, black pepper
    • Finish
      Raspberries, toasted malt, black pepper, rye bread, long

  19. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  20. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: straw with a reddish tint.
    Nose: smoke from spruce branches, burnt foliage, plastic, gouache, burnt earth, apple jam, sweet wine Santorini. In the depths of the glass, coals, where without them. Over time, the aroma is poured with sweet tones.
    Burning wiring with water, plastic, concrete dust
    Taste: ash, tree bark, sour green apple, cigar dipped in cognac, hot pepper, coal dust.
    Finish: dry, astringent, again everything is numb. Coals, smoke, heavily smoked malt, dusty room, blackcurrant, burnt caramel.
    Results: someone wrote that the first version of Octo is a drink of the terminator, and the second is wives. Everything here is also very powerful, but the finish has done its job. The whole whisky is pierced with sweet notes that make it softer for perception. Of course, you can begin acquaintance with and from Octo, but what each of us first of all thinks when he hears for the first time about such ppm is that Oktomor God of Peat, a hellish cauldron. So try version 01.1 so as not to be disappointed

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

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

  22. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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)

  23. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  24. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  25. 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.

  26. TDMartijn scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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

  27. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Everything in here what you are waiting for associating an Octomore. Nice Smoke and ashes, a lot of fruits! and berries from the wine casks. Tar and tobacco. I like this one very much except of some light bitter notes at the finish line.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, ashes, red fruits, candy bar, tar, overripe oranges and yellow fruits, dark dried berries.
    • Taste
      Sweet spicy smoke. Tobacco, tar, cigar punch, red fruits, dark dried and jucy berries.
    • Finish
      Long. Tobacco, ashes, red and dark fruits. Ashes and fruits compote.

  29. 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.

  30. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    High class mix of ultra peated whisky and wine casks.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2011]  I had another dram during a Jim McEwan tasting at Godesburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

  32. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had my first dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state it is an excellent swimmer (needs quite a lot of water to open up fully).

  33. Marcallan38yo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This bottle was sold 400€ on The Whisky Auction Society(WAS) in March 2017.

  34. 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, 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.

  35. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. vmu scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      94 94

  37. St. Pauli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I have this baby open for many years now. It has gotten a bit softer now, but it's just as pleasant.
    • Nose
      after many years open:
      not so dominant on the peat, but very complex. The medicinal characters dominate with the wet peat, bandages, iodine and ocean spray and a little cow stable, but there is a good fruitiness too (with creme de cassis and later also grapefruit), some minerality (like smelling wet rocks close to the shore) and later also some herbal influences (parsley). There is also some woody spiciness, think of cinnamon. 
    • Taste
      Oily, filming, hot when undiluted and more pleasant with a few drops of water. The medicinal side stays dominant, but the spice kicks in more and more. The fruitiness becomes a tad sour (like freshly squeezed grapefruit), but it's not disturbing. 
    • Finish
      The finish is long and lingering, with a good amount of dryness and sourness. It reminds me of the peat and a combination of breakfast cereals with cranberries, with added cinnamon (but it works well).

  38. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: Wow! A single malt life support system! Massive, power-packed yet not aggressive. Petrus and Peat – who would have guessed that such diverse flavours could create something so amazing? Single malt sorcery!

    Colour: Golden orange.

    Nose: Opens on a mix of peat, bracken, smoky bacon, dry seaweed, pitch, tarry fishnets. Then subtle notes of Islay’s moors and glens; rowan, ash, juniper, heather flowers and peaty riverbanks. Add water and succulent red fruits emerge, plums, ripe grapes, redcurrant jelly, raspberry, cherry and Turkish Delight.

    Palate: The heat of the 61% Alc. stokes the fire and all the aromatic discoveries explode on the palate; the smoke, the succulent red fruits, mellow oak, malted barley, a squeeze of lemon, a dash of black pepper, a hint of heather honey and, finally, a trace of bourbon.

    Finish: The crucible of the senses. A thrilling taste experience! If Islay passion were liquid then this would be it. Rejoice that one distiller continues to go where no malt has gone before and become part of the journey!

    Mood: Cunning, conspiratorial, Machiavellian. Whatever next?

  39. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    In terms of peat and strength certainly an absolute reference. Due to the special barrel storage really very aromatic ... if you first worked through the smoke. The price current price (10.2016> 400 €) is absolutely not justified by the taste mMn. There are Port Charlottes blowing in the same horn and only a quarter of that cost. Great whisky? Yes! Should you have tried it, if you like smoky whiskys? Yes, absolutely - but not at any price !!!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. Cipidos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  41. numen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend
    score is a composite of previous sample and recent re-tastings
    • Nose
      I remember really adoring this a year or two ago when I sampled it from a friend's bottle. Let's see how it we're viewing it now. Very curious and far darker than my recollections. Smoky and heavy pig in soy sauce over a bonfire, coated in very heavily salted sea-weed. There are also a few distinct rubber notes. Perhaps even some salted wine, but I'm missing the Petrus. Let's give it another 30 minutes to see how it fares. Very faintly some red berries, extremely soft, but it's there. (with water) Ah, far more flowery agave, roses, red-fruit red-flower petals. Gallons of tequila, aged of course and buttery, and sweet malt as the base. It's still got the same heavy peat, but in its own sweet style.
    • Taste
      A touch hot, and a clean malt, and then the pug roast. Tyre and sea-weed emerge, slowly smouldering, and then amid it all is a layer of winey raspberries and strawberry fruit jam. I get, too, that oily funk from agave. Goes with the roast. I wonder how water is going to play with this. (with water) The wine comes out a bit thin at the forefront, and some of the tannins are present, and turn somewhat to coffee. Then it yields to many of the same baseline notes.
    • Finish
      I like this a lot, but it's not nearly as magical as I held in memory from that splendid session so long ago. Loads of peat, massive, yet gentle and sweet. Very faintly of Petrus, still in the red fruit, roses, and petals, lasts for ages. I hope that you like Lapsang Souchong as much as I do. I'm split on this, but it's still excellent.

  42. Jaydee scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, great taste. Initial heavy peat and smoke, soon accompanied by fruitiness and spiciness coming from the Chateau Petrus finish which makes this whisky so special. Every dram is a fantastic taste experience,it never gets boring.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  43. St. Pauli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    As we all know, this one is a peat monster. Yet, this whisky has more to offer. The Chateau Petrus finish was a spectacular adventure. It has added wine, fruit and spices to the character.

    In short: a powerful peated flavor bomb!
    • Nose
      Lovely... The high viscosity promises that we are dealing with a dense spirit. The nose: very intense, phenolic (boggy peat), wine (cabernet sauvignon), fruity (blackcurrants), spices (cinnamon, oak) and a little waxy.

      With water: the peat is somewhat reduced, which allows the fruit and spices to play a bit more dominant role.
    • Taste
      Full bodied and intense. Peat and salt travel through the mouth, accompanied by the fruit and spices coming from the Petrus finish. Later, the barley can be detected too. This whisky is not becoming dry at all and stays full flavored. 

      With water, the palate is more modest, with lower influence of the eat.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and spicy... Outstandingly special. The flavors keep coming back. Will they ever vanish?

  44. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tary and fruity aroma, heather honey, smoked ham, melon, pear, almonds, raisins, vanilla, brine and drying seaweed. Marzipan sweet and tary taste, horseradish, liqourice, orange peel, vanilla, walnuts, apple peel and lapsang souchong. Long, smoky, fruity and malty end.

  46. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here:

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/whisky-meets-wine-eine-harmonische-verbindung-21008/

  47. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    directly compared with Caol Ila 10yo " Willi Opitz" HOMOK Finish, 215btl - Single Cask Collection Österreich
    * Orpheus: Sweeetness of the wine cask is better integrated, but very sweet --> 89P

  48. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur



    Well, I did not know what to expect, but my first date
    with Octomore was a very pleasant one. At the moment of release, in 2009, this was the most
    heavily peated dram on the market. That honor currently is bestowed upon the
    Octomore Ochdamh-more 04.1/4_167 with a whopping 167ppm, released in June 2011.
    This Orpheus will set you back approximately 100 EUR. But you sure get bang for
    your buck.
    • Nose


      Oh my, I have only just poured the dram and already
      the whole room is starting to smell of peat, stable and tar. But when I slide
      the glass over the remnants of my Movember moustache I get a completely
      different profile. Sweet berries and sugared cornflakes. The two extremes are
      so incompatible, you would not believe it. And
      still. It works! What a wonderful heretic of a nose! Adding water weakens the
      wine influence. I am sure that is not the intention.
    • Taste


      I was afraid my mouth would explode with this ABV, but
      my fear was unwarranted. Sipping carefully never hurts, though. What a
      harmonious taste! The wine is obviously present in the form of sweet berries
      and Cointreau and is perfectly countered by the peat smoke and tar. Adding
      water makes it more smoky, spicy and sweeter and frankly simply superb.
    • Finish


      The finish is very long on spices, sugared tangerines
      and smoke.

  49. SpiritHall scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    This is one of the best offering/expression of a heavily peated Islay malt available. The price was on the expensive side upon release, but worth it for the experience. Great bottle and packaging.
    • Nose
      Strong aroma peat, sweetness and a bit of citrus.
    • Taste
      An enjoyable assault, of peat, smoke and spice, with the right amount of sweetness, to round off the experience. Thickly oily.
    • Finish
      Long finish of slowly subsiding pulsating flavours, from the initial explosion.

  50. Willie JJ scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    As usual, water doesn't help it. Best of the first 3 general releases though. Not bad.
    • Nose
      Big peat-reek with peachy undertones. It actually dries the nostrils.
    • Taste
      As usual the combination of high strength and massive peat makes for a very drying palate. Plenty of fruity sweetness though.
    • Finish
      Intensely sweet hot and drying.

  51. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The beauty and the beast. Incredible taste experience, the initially very intense smoke slowly turns into a strong vinous sweetness. Poahh. Not for the delicate nerves.

  52. Petra_Brno scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Colour is like pink wine.
    • Nose
      Wine, leather, vanilla, black pepper, peat.
    • Taste
      Salt, peat, green tea. Sweet and sour.It is up and down. Quite a lot of tastes, but not complex. Quickly changes from one to another. With water is more stable, the taste is not so "jumpy".

  53. maltloon scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The colour of Octomore Orpheus has a distinctly reddish hue showing clearly the influence of wine cask finish. It is not on the pink side though, contrary to what could be expected from a five year old whisky. It is in fact quite saturated orange, indicating lots of interaction between wood and whisky.On the nose at first there is a huge punch of peat so typical to Octomore family, and then different kinds of sweetness start coming through. There is something definitely winy and fruity there. The peat does not fight back, it doesn´t need to. It sits in the background satisfied with its boldness, knowing that nothing can diminish its influence. It provides perfect background for other complex aromas that play with peat in extremely enjoyable harmony. It is like being right inside the distillery. There are scents of creamy, malty cereals from a mash tun, fully fermented wash, invigorating hints of fresh spirit and above all, the kilned malt. Some delicate signs of creosote create very positive illusion of antiquity. My favourite part though is that Orpheus does not stop with displaying aromas from the production side of a distillery. The nose brings you all the way into the warehouse. The winy notes on the nose bring to mind the sensation of being in a dunnage warehouse and inhaling what does rightfully belong to the angels.First sip confirms that the nose does not lie. At first the sweet peat moves fearlessly to the front, but it quickly makes room for fruitier and candy like notes. Rhubarb candy and candied cherries are among the tastes most pleasantly playing with the peat. Later, the maritime saltiness tries to break through the layers of peat and the dance of sweet and salty begins. Ruby port makes its way to the front eventually but it does not affect the balance; it augments the complexity instead. There is nothing overwhelming in this dram and at the same time it is mouth filling, bold and incredibly balanced for its age. It is a fine example of how an excellent oak can turn highly peated malt into a liquid candy.Finish consists of alternating waves of peat and sweet notes coming back again and again. Eventually more creosote causes the finish to dry a bit.I think this is the best 5 year old whisky since PC5 and definitely the best Octomore to date.

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