Octomore Edition 12.3 / 118.1 PPM

Overall rating
88.62/100
votes
188
Whiskybase ID
WB171217
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Impossible Equation
Bottled
07-10.2021
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Bourbon / PXC
Strength
62.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L164933 + L165090, 21/194
Barcode
5055807414821
Bottled for
between 27.07.2021 and 05.10.2021
Added on
01 dec 2020 5:17 pm by Lord Octomore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 246.45

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 12.3 / 118.1 PPM

44 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.62 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Roland7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    "Autumn foray into nature ended with the discovery of an old abandoned industrial building! Near which they made a halt. Potatoes baked on a fire with lard washed down with cocoa and green tea. Someone smoked cigarettes, someone chewed mint gum. But everyone chewed peanuts. And around there was a smell of pines and burnt rubber!" Coal, minerals, dust, paint, iodine, drugs, wax, fish oil, smoked mussels, black pepper, mint, lemon, lollipop, honey. Mineral, fragrant and refreshing!

  4. Mankut scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The longer the bottle was opened the better it gets with the oxidation yummy yummy PX and as always 5 years of great barrel and grain management.

  5. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    03-10-2021
    • Nose
      80 80
      peat
    • Taste
      82 82
      peat, sherry, pepper
    • Finish
      81 81
      peat, sherry, pepper

  6. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A real step up from the 12.1. It’s sweet, probably more on the sweet side at the expense of the peat than any other Octomore I’ve tried. And Octomore is already quite a sweet peated whisky. It’s not a PX bomb though, and the immense butteriness and interesting savoury seafood notes keep it complex and interesting. The finish – butter, miso, corn, and seafood – is totally Sapporo-style miso ramen. I found myself comparing this whisky not to other Octomores, but with some of the funky malt bombs I’ve tried recently. I think this whisky holds up better to comparison when you try not to judge it as an Octomore, which isn’t all that hard in this case, since this whisky is so different from the other Octomores. I’d say it’s worth a try, though probably not for the $320 or so it goes for around these parts.
    • Nose
      Slightly hot. Salty and savoury-sweet - steamed crab, dashi, balsamic vinegar, drunken cherries. Wet hay and a hint of lactic funk - cheesecake. Cream cheese on a sesame-seed Montreal-style bagel – somehow that’s a common note in Octomore for me. It’s not even all that smoky, though there’s a little bit of burning rubber and bandages. Buttered grilled corn. Very slightly butyric.
    • Taste
      Silky texture, fairly light. Sweet citrus and bright fruit on the arrival – clover honey, navel orange, summer peaches, and papaya throughout. Apricot-topped cheesecake. Huge buttery malt in the middle, toasting slightly to coconut sugar and burnt grass. Buttered lobster! Subtle nori and iodine. Sauteed mushrooms and something farmy. A hint of herbs – maybe tarragon.
    • Finish
      Sweet. Grilled corn, white miso, and butter. Honey and piles of ripe stonefruit. Lingering fruit jellies and papaya. Slight wintergreen.

  7. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Certainly not exactly reserved and also absolutely delicious. I'm looking forward to drink some more of this. Full review alongside 12.1 and 12.2: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/12/23/der-weg-zur-800/
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fascinating. If you hold the glass at the "wrong" angle to the nose (90°, nose in the glass), then it burns away the mucous membranes. If you hold it "right" (30°, just under the nostrils), then the alcohol is hardly noticeable. But then there are dark fruits, iodine, a sea pinch of light smoke, coal and dried Poblano pepper.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Orange jam on black charred toast (no butter). Pimentos de Padron. Sugar syrup, marinated BBQ ribs before grilling.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Figs, plums, coal, earth, ash, green and smoked tea, orange peel and lemon.

  10. whisky_knight scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Out of the 3 Octomore 12.x bottles released in 2021, the Octomore Edition 12.3, aged 5 years in 1st Fill Bourbon (75%) and 1st Fill Pedro Ximenez Sherry (25%) turned out to be my favorite (after 2 tastings). While the PX sherry influence wasn’t as pronounced as I would’ve liked, it had a real presence in the drams (perhaps because 25% of the product was fully matured for 5 years in PX sherry butts, compared to the 12.2 having only 18 months finish in Sauternes Casks).

    After having tried all 3 bottles, one thing I appreciate with Octomore 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3 (and similarily with Port Charlotte (same distillery)) is that the peat smoke is a more approachable smokiness, like a beach campfire or BBQ (compared to other Islay offerings that lean towards herbal, medicinal, iodine, etc.).

    While I still don’t actively crave Octomore, I’m thankful to my friends for this tasting, and am more appreciative of Octomore (from an unpeated whisky fan point-of-view).
    • Nose
      73 73
      Barbecue smoke, green apples, plums, much brighter compared to 12.1 and 12.2. Spices, earthy smoke, definitely less smoke than 12.1.

      2nd Dram (and taking a long break): Sweet BBQ aromas, ocean side, a nice salinity, apple pie cooked over a campfire.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Beach campfire, the smoke and peat is more muted compared to 12.1 and 12.2. Initial ginger & cinnamon spice, plums, the PX sherry cask influence is felt, but nowhere near as potent as a good GlenDronach for example. Raisins, tobacco, baked plums, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Long. Gentle campfire smoke fading, apples, plums, gentle sherry influence again, raisins.

  11. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The Octomore 12.3 cannot deny the Islay genes with the minerality and the typical island smoke. A very interesting nose that, despite the high ppm value, does not skimp on other aromas. Although it also works very well on its own without dilution and the alcohol is well integrated, I would recommend a few drops of water. Then the malt really opens up for me and obviously its variety of smells and tastes. A great drop, even for its young age.
    • Nose
      Undiluted, a distinct gush of greasy, charcoal smoke floats away from the glass. But not as overwhelming as I would have thought. But the smoke also has sweet accents, like some melting caramel dripping onto charcoal. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering, more like smelling freshly ground black pepper. Lemon zest and herbs can be seen behind the clouds of smoke. With more oxygen and time, the fruit flavors become more mature. More pome fruit such as young apricots and peaches are grown from the lemon. In the background, cautiously light aromas of red berries open up, the PX share shows up for the first time.
      With a few drops of water, the Octomore opens up significantly. A mineral freshness is evident. In addition, leather but also tobacco notes come to the fore. The fruit portion gets a sour touch and thus even more complexity.
    • Taste
      Oh yeah. Immediately a decent fat, oily smoky note on the tongue. Fatty, but also sugar-sweet with lemon and lots of herbs. Very nice start with the alcohol, which powerfully whips the aromas forward. But the well over 60% alcohol is good to enjoy neat.
      With water, the sweetness is no less. In return, the spicy, slightly peppery side even increases a bit. The fruits become more ripe, softer. More apricots and berries than lemon. Still strong smoke influence.
    • Finish
      Still lots and lots of smoke in the mouth, but still the lemon and the herbs. Towards the end, the alcohol dries out the palate and tongue, and salivation begins. The slight bitterness is like a tasting sip of quality olive oil with a little zing. The smoke lingers in your mouth forever.

  12. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In direct comparison with Octomore 12.1 & 12.2
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Echson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The best of the 12 Octomore series
    • Nose
      Strong cherry notes, sweet undertones, complex and heavy peat
      A few drops of water let the aroma bloom wonderfully
    • Taste
      Well-integrated alcohol, mouth-filling, almost cuddly with a little water, vanilla from the oak
    • Finish
      Long lasting, sweetness, peat…
      Not as strong as 3/11. the Virgin Oak had

  14. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Lars93 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  16. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Finally!
    If you love peat-smoky Islay whisky, you can't get past Octomore. The result in the glass was sobering enough for me that I was actually ready to ignore Octomore.
    That was before I had this bottling in the glass. Finally, an octomore keeps its promise, which it suggests with the (usually rather cocky) indication of three-digit PPM. Of course, this whisky is still too expensive, but the sample was really fun.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Just poured, an intense note of peat smoke spreads through the whole room - after more than a dozen different editions, this is the first Octomore, which in my opinion really comes across as very clearly peat-smoky. Heather, nougat, green grapes, kiwi. Salt and pepper. Very powerful.
    • Taste
      90 90
      62.1%, but also undiluted absolutely without burning and biting. Perfectly integrated alcohol. Warm tar, algae, sea salt, strong peat smoke. Very dry on the tongue, no youthful accents. Milk coffee, marzipan, rosemary, thyme. Sweet grapes, raisins, blackberries.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-length and dry finish with fruity sweetness of blackberries, grapes and raisins. In addition smoked ham, hearty peat smoke, dark chocolate.

  18. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Sandman23 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  21. DannyHill scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      peat, cream, intense
    • Taste
      90 90
      smoke, peat, stone fruit
    • Finish
      90 90
      long & peaty

  22. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Super round for the key data. Nice, mild smoke, no idea how they manage that with the age and the percentages. Nice, thick smoke, spiciness, balance, mild dryness, very subtle sweetness in the background. Not super spectacular, but well done.

  23. og187 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Blended Glass
    • Nose
      82 82
      grain field, freshly baked bread, moderate peat from 118 ppm expected pressure, but here it is not, somewhere far away is the TURBO chewing gum.
      the nose was not impressed
    • Taste
      85 85
      burnt bread burnt to the ground, grain, oily, pressure, baked goods, rubber
    • Finish
      86 86
      warming, long, smoky, berry

  24. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    First meeting at Whisky Show London 2021
    Smell: is strongly aromatic to intoxicating. Dominant are mainly red tones, beautifully balanced with the aroma of smokyness. Otherwise, it's probably the most smoky Octomore on my nose. This is not a standard in its aroma. The scent is full and very intense. Figs, raisins, woodpeckers, charcoal, tobacco and leather, but also the aroma of citrus, honey or floral tones
    Taste: it is beautifully sweet to burgundy, intensely spicy with a massacre-long sweetness and an amazing finish for me. The taste is very dominant sweetness, caramel, tones of dried fruit and chocolate.
    Part of the tasting December 2021 - Peated Cask Strength

  26. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Interesting as the focus is clearly not on vanilla or citric - little bit dry though
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very citrusy, fine peat and smoke, little vanilla, fruity, seom seabreeze, iodine, salty, little nutty - not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peaty, smoky, clearly a bit leathery, little sweetness, little fruity, little citric, little vanilla, little nutty, spicy
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, warm, nutty, leathery

  28. ConvalRen scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Just pure alcohol, boring. Lacks any form of complexity. Perhaps too quick to judge with a fresh bottle, might re visit in the months to come.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  29. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      well-baked yeast dough, vanilla cheesecake, raisins, vanilla, delicate sherry in the background, tobacco
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, plum, milk chocolate, dried figs, honey.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, sweet, tea, cookie-vanilla.

  30. Larry411 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I got the same experience/notes as galg33. I like the PX influence on this Octomore. There are Octomores I like more, but this one's good to have as a nice PX Octo, yet still potently peaty, alternative. Good stuff.

  31. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smoked bacon, tobacco, toffee, raisins, engine oil, enjoyable liquid smoke

  32. Sporx scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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

    finish
    Long, peaty, smoke, toffee, spicy

  33. 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. At the bottom, charred and chalky peat, telluric and stony. Limestone. After a long time, the nose takes on a real dimension, with a hint of salt. In the mouth, it's really famous, with iodine, salt, you'd think you were drinking sea water, but very good, slightly caramelized, then the spices come, it's full-bodied, and warm, paprika, chilli, pepper, cumin, ginger, mustard. Hint of liquorice. Cola, a little frizz of bubbles, and you can feel the typical cereal touch of Bruichladdich. In the finish, we wade through peat, soft earth, clay, quicksand, and still these beautiful spices that tingle on the tip of the tongue. Wine, fig, crushed strawberries. Rather very long.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/octomore-123-impossible-equation-5-yo.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  34. whisky666 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  38. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22 87

    old Laga in the nose ?!), unexpectedly! Nuts and caramel! Very good, albeit a little dry!

  39. Nikita Kochkarev scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    22-23-22-22

  40. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    NOSE
    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.

    PALATE
    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.

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

  41. 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.

  42. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Facts:

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

    Maturation

    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).

  43. WHISKYEUROPA2009 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.

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