Octomore Edition 11.1 διάλογος / 139.6 PPM

Overall rating
86.40/100
votes
171
Whiskybase ID
WB157211
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2014
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
05 years old
Number of bottles
30000
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L164100 20/093 2020/06/30
Barcode
5055807413541
Added on
30 apr 2020 3:33 pm by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 158.46

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 11.1 διάλογος / 139.6 PPM

32 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.40 points.

  1. whisky_knight scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Caveat: This is my first taste of Octomore, and I’m normally not a peated whisky fan, so take this review with a grain of salt. :)

    I’m glad I was able to try the Octomore expression, as part of the charity dram set to benefit Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, and part of “A Last Chat with Jim McEwan” where he was able to have a nice online chat with everyone who watched the screening of “The Water of Life” documentary film. Seeing Jim McEwan’s verve and love of whisky making, his passion for Islay and whisky, it’s infectious and it’s very fitting that Octomore would be an extreme peated expression that he developed with his team at Bruichladdich Distillery years ago.

    I appreciate that for such a young whisky (aged just 5 years), the Octomore Edition 11.1 had an approachable, interesting nose (and it wasn’t just a peat bomb). But then getting into the palate, the monstrous 136.9 ppm phenol levels smack you in the face. This is truly the peatiest whisky I’ve ever tried in my life. I do appreciate the notes underneath the peat and smoke, but as someone who doesn’t like smoky, peated whiskies, I’d rather explore Bruichladdich’s character and malt with their unpeated expressions. But I have plenty of friends who are die-hard Octomore lovers, and that’s great as well. :)
    • Nose
      70 70
      Smoke is present, but surprisingly, it wasn’t a massive “blast furnace to the face” (as I was fixating on the 136.9 ppm rating). Similar to Port Charlotte (which Jim McEwan also oversaw during his tenure at Bruichladdich), the peat is approachable. It’s not medicinal, nor herbal.

      Nosing past the peat and smoke, there’s fresh orchard fruit. Apples, distant citrus fruits, some vanilla / honey sweetness. I’m really surprised that the peat is so manageable, but still very present of course.
    • Taste
      68 68
      Boom! OK, here’s the monster peat levels appearing. Wow, a huge explosion of smokiness, like you’re standing right in front of a huge beach bonfire. Smoke, ocean waves.

      For an unpeated whisky fan like myself, this is totally overwhelming at first. The high ABV (59.4%) combined with the massive smoke bomb and potent, distinct peat levels and notes is challenging for my first try of Octomore.

      I take a slight break, and come back to it, and am now able to detect the Bruichladdich malt and character in the background. Bright, sweet apples, pears, vanilla, light caramel. The ABV is apparent showing up as prickly black pepper and ginger heat. The fantastic cereal notes that I appreciate in pure Bruichladdich bottles are buried underneath the peat, unfortunately.
    • Finish
      66 66
      Long, due to the lingering smoke. I can still taste ash and smoke minutes after my sip each time. Fading vanilla, apples, a touch of honey, and dark chocolate bitterness to balance the sweetness.

  2. Gregorsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. JJKATED scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Peird scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. MaroFF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      peat, wet undergrowth, slightly alcoholic, sweet, vanilla, butter, smoke, some ash
    • Taste
      88 88
      ash, smooth, delicate, pleasant, alcohol completely imperceptible, sweet, smoked plums, melon, peach, all flavors harmonize with each other
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, pleasant, smoked honey, warming, smoky and quite sweet

  7. elipszis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    not top level octomore like 7.2
    • Nose
      86 86
      buttery
      salty
      hand cream
      oily
      powerful
      prickly
    • Taste
      87 87
      pears
      brandy ("pálinka")
      herbal
      terribly smoky
      very raw
      peaty
      dry
    • Finish
      85 85
      woody
      intense
      spicy
      dry
      medium long

  8. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  11. L_Gillian scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. L_Gillian scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  13. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Unmistakably an Octomore, quite dry. The nose promises more sweetness than is present on the palate.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong peat smoke. Herbs, earthy and floral. In addition, a salty maritime note. Behind it lemon, pear and vanilla. Brown sugar and malt.

      The second nose, after you had the whisky in your mouth, was much sweeter with blossom honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, smooth appearance. Coal smoke, peat and ashes. Light fruits like pear and lemon. With vanilla, ginger and white pepper. Minimal sweetness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Bourbon vanilla, ash, fading fruit notes and the oak are clearly noticeable. Is getting drier. Medium to long.

  14. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. pecathor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    I love Octomore, but this is one of the worse ones for me. The 11.1 and 11.2 feel really harsh on the tongue, 11.3 is doing better from this point of view. Not a huge fan of this tbh... I recently opened a bottle of 08.1 and that's different level stuff!
    • Nose
      83 83
      one of the lower-level octomores... Bruichladdich-style malt sweetness, vanilla, citrus, cooked vegetable, peat is hidden somewhere
    • Taste
      83 83
      sharp on the tongue (felt the same with 11.2 version), burnt butter cookies, caramel, vanilla, some cold smoke (tobacco)
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium to long, spicy and dry, something burnt

  17. Schleifreak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Little smoke, green apple, also vanilla notes,
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fine and balanced, first pear, honey, then greasy smoke, ashtray
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nutty notes, lots of pepper, long

  18. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    After the very "interesting" nose, he got the curve again. With a pleasant and by no means brutal fruity smoky note, it can best show its qualities on the tongue.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Floral first impression and a hint of vegetable soup ... Anyway, there is leek, some fennel, celery. Slightly stinging with quite a clear solvent. Herbal smoke, as if juniper branches had also been burned.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Then a turn in 180 degrees on the tongue. The soup has been spooned out, the solvent has evaporated, pleasant peat smoke, smoked lemons, apple wedges studded with cloves dominate. Nutmeg and pepper, curry spice mix. Dark chocolate, tart caramel.
      He doesn't need any water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long and dry, the continuation or development of the taste.

  19. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Burnt rubber, smoldering wood, in the background smoke, creme brulee, lemon, caramel, banana, pear and mango
    • Taste
      Smoking wood, ash, dark toasted bread, a little tobacco, lemon zest and pencil shavings
    • Finish
      Medium length, charcoal, citrus, smoke, spicy and a hint of nutty

  20. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma is waxy sweet taffy and lemon cake wrapped in smoky coastal notes with a touch of apples – it’s a tad muted and water doesn’t help open much; Palate has a sweet coastal bonfire profile and I love the light mineral notes coming through, but again it sits a tad light and doesn’t carry quite as much depth as I’ve experienced in some of the past releases; Finish is a nice slow extension of the palate.

  21. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, honey sweetness, maritime notes, citrus fruit, malt and vanilla. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and he has a moderate body.

  22. DramRol scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      citrus, herbs and medicinal peaty
    • Taste
      grass, peat
    • Finish
      rather short, dry, fresh peat

  23. face scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  24. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/e72LZrdzeGE
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. ValStern scored this whisky 55 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      45 45

  26. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    Another great Octomore and the standard seems to be still high which is good.
    Still a bit pricy for my liking but isn't everything.
    • Nose
      89 89
      With the heavily Peated ones i always get a well soiled horses stable and this is no exception but this time it's a racehorse's stable and he's been on the good stuff.
      At this strength it should be burning my nose hairs out but this is really soft and dare I say, gentle.
      There are light fruit notes with sea stones.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Again expecting a full on attack and to my surprise it's a very palatable slap on the cheek.
      It's very dry in the mouth and the more you keep It there the dryer it gets but this is good because it leaves a coating of flavours such as pear, lemon and white pepper.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long as you would expect and you can taste the wood and vanilla.
      Not adding water but drinking water after you have taken your last sip from the glass adds to the experience and creates more flavours so you get the best of both worlds.

  27. Auriverdes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    I enjoy Octomore for several reasons. The extreme peat is an obvious one, but they have managed to keep the brand innovative and exciting with a variety of cask types for maturation. In most cases as full maturation and not just short finishes.
    This is very different from any other Octomore I've had, yet it is distinct Octomore, and most importantly; I really like it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      This is a rather civilised nose for an Octomore.
      Peat smoke in abundance, but it is round and mellow for what we have come to expect.
      Salted meat with a sweet vanilla covering.
      Blood orange and grapefruit.
      A pinch of cinnamon and some very nice berry notes I can't define.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Potent cheek warming arrival.
      Sticky thick chocolate cream, again with a soft vanilla edge.
      Round sweet fruit, obviously from the bourbon casks, in nice harmony with salt and ashes from the distillate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      This lingers for quite some time.
      Spicy, warm, sweet.

  29. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I am quite impressed. The nose is outstanding from my point of view, the rest is good. Very robust and of course young, too. But that is Octomore. With water it becomes much saltier and there is a strong citrus note in the finish. One you should try (if you are into Octomore). Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/10/12/these-go-to-eleven/

  30. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The distillate can hold its own against the phenols, although the young age cannot be hidden.
    • Nose
      88 88
      velvety smoke, a sea of vanilla, pear and bacon, some oak and spice, cinnamon, a hint of sweet raisins and malt, smoked trout
    • Taste
      86 86
      Tobacco and bacon that squeezes alcohol, fruity raisins, campfire and ash, oak and hints of vanilla, slightly meaty, bananas
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoke and ash, scorched earth, dry with vanilla, charred ham, more raisins, oak wood, a little caramel and prunes

  31. SloeWhisky scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Certainly my favourite of the most recent Octomore releases. Well balanced, interesting and diverse flavours, delicious.
    • Nose
      White coals, over-ripe raspberry/yeasty notes, salt air.
    • Taste
      Quince jelly, honey roast parsnips, barley extract, wood smoke. Really really good body.
    • Finish
      Long and sticky (in a good way)

  32. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Octomore 11.1 5yo 59.4% Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Jack Daniels first fill casks 139.6ppm 100% Scottish barley Concerto and Propeno

    Nose: vanilla, creme patissiere, yeast, brioche, jasmine and patchouli, papaya
    Palate: creme caramel, salted macademia nuts
    Finish: burnt sugar, Werthers originals, smoked heather honey

    With water
    Nose: fresh paint, sawdust, sandalwood, orange blossom, crystallised pineapple, fleur de sel
    Palate: banana coins, rum and raisin ice cream
    Finish: ice tea, honey cake, jaggery

    Tasted as part of a Dusties Octomore tasting with brand ambassador Chloe Wood.

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