Octomore Edition 12.3 The Impossible Equation / 118.1 PPM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Bourbon / PXC
62.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L164933 21/194 2021/07/27
gb United Kingdom
Added on
01 Dec 2020 5:17 pm by Lord Octomore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 217.19

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 12.3 The Impossible Equation / 118.1 PPM

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.64 points

  1. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior


    Distilled in 2015 from the 2014 harvest of 100% Octomore Farm grown Concerto barley, Malted to 118.1 PPM


    Two parcels of super heavily peated spirit were married together to create this 12.3

    — The first parcel (75%) was matured full term in first-fill American whisky casks.

    — The second parcel (25%) was matured full term in first-fill PX sherry butts from Fernando De Castilla.

    Nose: We’re in sherry land for sure here. Although this is only 25% PX, it’s very much evident on the nose with sweet sherry and the dried fruit (Fig, raisin, and some dates), The Octomore backbone brings more citrus notes (we’ve seen from 12.1), there’s a honeyed note as well, and milk chocolate infused with caramel, smoky tea leaves, and a hint of unsmoked cigar leaf, along with a nice touch of oak. Complex, sweet and sherried.

    Palate: Spicy entry on this one as well, with an avalanche of pepper, peat, and hot cinnamon, then turning ashy, smoky, and earthy along with a wine-y touch (tannins). Smoky chocolate comes next. The fruit arrives on the 2nd wave of sensations (i mean the dried fruit in the form of fig, sultana, and prune in a sweet syrup) more oak spices, and quite some oak char, tobacco, and black tea, soot, and more earth.

    Finish: sweet fig paste, lapsang tea, earth, and charcoal. Very very long.

    Conclusion: Px can be overpowering, but the Octomore distillate is so strong and heavy with peat and flavor, it just blended wonderfully with the sherry and dried fruit. A real treat for Octomore lovers and sherry heads. This is my favorite of the bunch, along with the Sauternes. Sherry and peat lovers should really want one (and yes, it’s not cheap I know).

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is extremely mild and gentle, the alcohol is barely noticeable. Fruit and sweetness play with smoke and peat and flatter the nose. In terms of taste, the 12.3 shows its tart and bitter side, no longer comparable to a good nose. Smoke, peat, burned wood, ashes, wild and untamed! An extremely exciting and varied Octomore, delicious as usual!
    • Nose
      Dried grapes and berries rise powerfully with mineral peat and a subtle smoky note, overripe apricots play with morello cherries and sweet raisins. Caramelized sugar, grated milk chocolate in combination with spicy smoky oak, in the background there is a hint of dried tobacco leaves and old leather.
    • Taste
      The first sip pours powerfully over the tongue, sweet fruits flash before tart, almost bitter wood tones with ash and smoke push towards the palate. Malty with roasted grain, earthy with mineral smoke, fly ash and embers, tart citrus fruits with a hint of white pepper, peeled hazelnuts with tart wood elements, and now and then sweet grapes and berries flash ...
    • Finish
      The Octomore lingers long and powerful on the palate, smoke and peat stick to the tongue to be cozy and warm, and hazelnuts with wet tobacco appear again. Tart and spicy wood notes play one last time with citrus fruits and mineral peat smoke, extremely creamy, the Octomore stimulates the flow of saliva again towards the end.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The spirit stands up to it, but the Pedro Ximénez influence is very much noticeable and the Octomore 12.3 is more profound for it.
    • Nose
      Subtle hints of Demerara sugar, figs and dates, but also sweet grape skins. Whispers of kumquat, orange zest and sweet tobacco, followed by charcoal briquettes, smoked paprika powder and sauerkraut. Highly attractive.
    • Taste
      Maybe even oilier than the previous other Twelves, it arrives on sweet notes of processed sugar, quickly followed by barbecued meat and earthy peat smoke. Then the rich flavours of fudge, chocolate malt and tobacco leaves come in. It's all finished by a sprinkle of cracked black peppercorns and some burnt toast.
    • Finish
      Fruits like plums and figs, but also some lingering spices.

  4. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Smoke, grilled pears, salty minerality, dried orchard fruit, vanilla candy, honey nut cheerios and some dessert spices and malt.

    Octomore 12.3 has a wonderful coastal quality that really sets it apart from the 12.1 and 12.2 on the aroma.

    Smoke, grilled pears, sweet BBQ, herbal spice, toasted malt, buttery toffee, honey nut cheerios, vanilla candy and hay-like malt.

    There is so much weight in this palate it’s ridiculous. It’s like an earthy-peaty-sweet-and-spiced syrup.

    Long -> Smoke, toffee, fruit and honey fade out a bit oaky.

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

    ... it is described as ... SMELL a wonderfully complex scent of cherries, figs and raisins with a little charcoal, shoe polish and light smoke. Filigree citrus and honey notes as well as floral nuances that are reminiscent of dog rose and orange blossom. Then some dark toffee, milk chocolate and the vanilla from the wooden barrel. The conclusion is a combination of smoked grain, seaweed, linseed oil and tobacco.

    TASTE An exciting interplay of peppery nasturtiums, dark chocolate, earthy peat smoke and typical sherry fruit notes, with the latter clearly dominating. With a little time, the malt sugar and the burnt out barrels come into play and underline the intense toffee and tobacco aromas. The end of the day are sweet pastries and a dark, earthy peat smoke. AFTERKLANG Charcoal, soot and dried figs with salt lemons and fine dark chocolate.

  6. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Sporx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Little smoke, light sulfur, salty, vanilla, some fruit, maritime

    Smoke, herbal spices, honey, maritime, a little salt, vanilla

    Long, peaty, smoke, toffee, spicy

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fine iodized pearls. Thick billows of smoke. We are in the middle of a forest fire. Fruity touch, on redcurrant, pomegranate, raspberry, blackberry, but also haribo candy. Basically, charred and chalky peat, earthy and stony. Limestone. After a long time, the nose takes on real fullness, with a hint of salt. On the palate, it is really famous, with iodine, salt, it looks like drinking sea water, but very good, slightly caramelized, then the spices come, it is full-bodied, and warm, paprika, chilli, pepper, cumin, ginger, mustard. Hint of liquorice. Cola, little frizz of bubbles, and you can feel the typical cereal touch of Bruichladdich. In the end, we wade through peat, soft earth, clay, quicksand, and always those beautiful spices that tingle on the tip of the tongue. Lie-de-vin, fig, crushed strawberries. Rather very long.

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

  9. whisky666 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    The best of the three 12s .... prices are excluded
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90


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