Octomore Edition 12.2 The Impossible Equation / 129.7 PPM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Ex-Bourbon + 18 month Sauternes Finish
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L164929 21/193 2021/07/19
Added on
27 Nov 2020 4:59 pm by Lord Octomore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 168.92

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 12.2 The Impossible Equation / 129.7 PPM

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 points

  1. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: A nice twist with the Sauternes – More fruity on the entry with sweet smoke interwoven with ripe melon, overripe blood orange, and earthy notes, the smoke is everywhere, and the peat reek is softened by the ripe fruits sitting on vanilla cream and crushed caramel and honey biscuits in addition to more pine needle notes we’ve also seen on the 12.1.

    Palate: Sweet and lovely with the fruit really evident on the first sip: peaches in sweet syrup, more melon, and honey. Pepper comes on the 2nd wave of sensations, as as well as sweet peat smoke, earth and chili heat, fresh vanilla cream and wood spices, a bit of ash and

    Finish: sweet-ish with a salty edge, with more earthy peat, sweet bonfire smoke, a hint of smoked fish.

    Conclusion: This, my friends is what i’m talking about! this is a terrific Octomore. I am a fan of Sauternes aging for those lovely peaty monsters and this is no different. Lovely stuff. Get one. It’s not cheap, I know – but it’s a keeper.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It delivers on what is promised, a heavily peated dram with the Sauternes finish bringing a layer of additional complexity with layers of sweet honeyed fruit. This one definitely improves with time in a glass which bumps it an additional point. Definitely a dram that far outperforms it's young age statement. Value (£130) : 5/10
    • Nose
      As most Octomores, the smoke is not over the top or extreme in nature as the ppm on the bottle may suggest. However, it is still very present and noticeable upfront. Quite earthy in character, I imagine roasted nuts next to an array of barbecued meats, definitely some smoked bacon. The marine character that is classic of Bruichladdich is also even more present in this nose. Then the sweetness arrives. Lovely honeydew melons, juicy peaches, pineapples, baked apples and some tart, zesty lemon. There is also that fresh, malty quality to it with toasted cereal. A light prickle of white pepper.
    • Taste
      Immediately oily and thick, this clings to the mouth. It really has a huge impact here. It starts off with those sweet, honeyed fruits. Especially honeydew and peaches. There is also a vanilla sponge character to it. Then I get toasted cereals again and digestive biscuits. A punch of peat smoke, more intense now, that oily character spreads it all over the palate, more ashtray-like in character now. There is still that tartness of freshly squeezed lemons. More honey-glazed barbecued meats with roasted nuts sprinkled with sea salt. the salty Seaspray build. With time, Starts off with warm black pepper but as you keep it in the mouth, the heat builds into a chilli prickle.
    • Finish
      Definitely long lasting. Tart fruits, I get tangerines and lime zest. Darker notes of heavy roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate come forth. Tannins from the oak and some spices of cumin and smoked paprika. More meaty smoked bacon. Again, that sea salt builds in intensity. Peat smoke lasts in the mouth for ages after swallowing, especially at the back of the throat.

  3. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    ... it is described like this ... SMELL Melon, honey and smoked almonds - a wonderful note that fades into toasted oak and earthy-dry smoke over time. The scent is reminiscent of orange zest, peach and juicy lemon. The malty sweetness underlines notes of dried apples and pear candies. The conclusion is a phenolic-ethereal interplay of pine resin and peat smoke.

    TASTE Seductively soft and fruity sweet with lemon, vanilla, juicy melon and orange blossom. The second sip brings out the structure, which is characterized by the French sweet wine barrels. Caramel, cake spices, fruit soaked in syrup and a certain dryness that bridges the gap between smoke and malty sweetness.

    and in the AFTERKLANG Salty citrus notes and a little smoke, which gradually increases in volume and at the end dominates the entire palate. Here, too, the true DNA of a classic Octomore can be seen.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With a sweeter profile, the Octomore 12.2 offers extra layers of depth and interest.
    • Nose
      Initially some white chocolate quickly followed by honeyed breakfast cereals, tinned pineapple and a few drops of triple sec. The earthy peat smoke and notes of charred beef are subtle. Balanced almost to perfection.
    • Taste
      A sweet arrival complementing the sticky, oily mouthfeel. Good amount of white pepper accompanied by honey and stone fruits like nectarines, but also smoked oysters and earthy peat smoke. The touch of aniseed is refreshing.
    • Finish
      Whiff of olive brine and a decent pinch of salt. Pickled lemons as well. Lingering notes of charcoal.

  5. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very thick smoke. Swampy peat. We are in the mangroves, we can hear the exotic birds chirping. The lianas soaked in moisture, the palm trees, the tall grass. Sweet fruity flavor rising on almond paste and barley syrup. But the whole is quickly drowned in an opaque smoke. A few drops of caramel. White grape, lychee. Icing sugar. Forest berries, black. Sweet on the palate, then the spices attack, pepper, paprika, ginger, nutmeg. Piles of oily, earthy peat. Behind, blueberry pie. Fig filling. All sprinkled with ash. Holly leaves. Campfire. Long, powerful finish, which crushes everything in its path, woody, mellow, but also charcoal. Bread cake. Plum liqueur. Muscat grape. Thistle. Oak bark. Slight bitter note, and finally a little liquorice.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Derufus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Sporx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Little smoke, caramel, vanilla, cake, fruit, roasted aromas, honey, herbs

    Peaty smoke, spicy, BBQ, toffee, herbs

    Long, peat smoke, toffee, herb flavor

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    better balance than 12.1, sweet peat, smoked bacon, custard cream, yellow fruits, quite nice

  10. whisky666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Another successful Octomore, in my opinion a nose length before January 12th ... let's leave the price out
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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