Octomore Edition 03.1 / 3_152

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ochdamh-mor 152 PPM
Stated Age
05 years old
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Aug 2010 5:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 390.94

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226 × member ratings

864 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 03.1 / 3_152

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.84 points

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    An incredible scotch!

    Liquid candied smoke, soot, lemon-drops, papaya, mango, pear, vanilla, creme-brûlée with almost no burn or heat at 59%abv. A high impactful full-bodied scotch that leaves you speechless for a 5yo. If you can find it at a decent price, get it. Right out of the bottle fabulous! Hasn't changed much in two weeks since opened. I'll update if oxidization changes much.

    Much better than the 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1. Top four in the Octomores I've had so far. Awesome!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    What’s the difference between Octomore’s 3.1 and the 6.1? Around £100-150 on the secondary market! So having sold a 6.1 to a whisky club friend, imagine my surprise when we [he] realised – after opening it – that I’d wrongly given him a 3.1 instead. In hindsight, it was a win-win. He got his 6.1 and a try of the 3.1, whilst I – in the spirit of letting go – actually got round to drinking a bottle from my own collection. Thank you Lewis, and also for the CS Springbank [WB89].

    Whiskyauctioneer tells us: ‘This rather oddly is actually the fourth Octomore release from Bruichladdich, following the Octomore Orpheus 3.2. A further increase in peating level to what seemed at the time a remarkable 152ppm. There were 18,000 bottled‘.

    N: Is that not the smell of testosterone & oestrogen, encapsulated within this very salty sweaty ‘green’ [concoction of organic & manufactured vegetal]~oily=briny herbal [shammy] leather profile?

    T: Vegetal-oily intensity carbolic-phenolic dry sour~bitter? < salty, meaty…. arrival & travel before braking abruptly [though temporary] thereafter. There’s plenty here, but is hard to decipher when things flutter in and fade out so rapidly.

    F: With a puckering blackberry-pollen soft-zingy ashiness, just a touch of succulent vanilla quince/pear jelly, and tobacco bitterness on the turn, one could eke out a Bayeux-style finishing note tapestry. All roads, however, lead to dry phenolic vegetal oily cauterised/ashy cigarette-abused > raisins/pears.

    C: Very decent whisky if somewhat disappointing given the price/prestige and, admittedly, expectation. Given the outturn sizes, many of the Octomore range will be around for many years to come, so we can afford to be [more] patient.

  3. Ro_Loe_10 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, vanilla, ashtray, sweet barley, grapefruit, sea saltiness
    • Taste
      Very sweet, light, later the ABV and peat kicks in
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and dry

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    If there is to be one more – there’s always more – it has to be an Octomore that hadn’t caught my fire when first opened. Let’s prop it up against tonight’s ‘Reek of Peat’ flight and see how it stands up.

    I was drinking Octomore when I learned, first-hand, what a liquid dinner was. Finding myself in Islay in October 2013, the choice was food or whisky. I was on a tight budget back then. I went to bed one night on an empty stomach – food-wise – yet full of Octomore and other drams.

    N: Similar to the vegetal saltiness of the ‘Reek of Peat’ flight, overall, yet the blended /consolidated nature of this presentation sets it apart – one of the main appeals of Octomore. Whatever happens hereafter, we’ve a lovely Islay-encapsulated nose.

    T: Despite the majority of the previous drams falling within the 50% bracket, you just know you’ve stepped up another abv gear after sipping this beast. Sweet dry/smoky > rum? [wow] vanilla,… slowly turning to briney-barley juice,…
    F: ,… into to an ever-vegetal bitter succulent ashy conclusion.

    C: Aside from that passing rum vibe, there’s little ‘magic’, but that’s because I’m always hankering after the 6.2 that I paid stupid money for in 2013/14, back when Octomore was like Bimber is now.

    Provisionally scores 86+ points, easily [full bottle report to follow].

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Horny. On the nose rather fruity and fine, but then the peat explodes in the mouth, but with extremely tasty flavors. Water makes the smoke stronger!

  6. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. EarlMobile scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Always interesting to taste an octomore, but read the data more extraordinary than they taste. The peat and smoke is not soo dominant and exaggerated strong as expected, instead one notices the young age and thus also something metallic. In addition, the high alcohol content stands out. Adding water to the whisky wins sweetness, but he loses quite quickly from the rest of the aroma. All in all, a (sub) average whisky that does not justify the asking price.

  8. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: What a sensation! Please try it first without water to experience the full power of this amazing spirit.

    Colour: Winter sunshine.

    Nose: The senses are totally ambushed. A vortex of peat smoke and fire, iodine, wet seaweed, tarry pitch and soaking sailcloth. The more subtle notes of hawthorn and heather, bog myrtle and mint, pine resin and mountain thyme emerge slowly bringing a coolness to the palate.

    Palate: A stunning combination of aromatics and flavours. The senses pick up the mellow oakiness from the sweet bourbon casks coming through like chicory and bitter chocolate which brings balance and subtle smoothness. Also, deep down the Bruichladdich DNA of soft green fruits.

    Finish: The palate and olfactory system have been completely seduced, having survived the war of the elements, and the flavours remain long after the storm has passed.

    Mood: Defiance. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. Like getting hit by a 20ft wave that has crashed over the peat bogs of Islay!

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I really wanted to hate this. But it is actually a good whisky. Not too complex, but that's to be expected from a 5yo whisky.
    • Nose
      Green veggies, wood smoke and salty seaweed. Some vanilla and also a fruity edge with underripe banana. The nose is gentler than I expected.
    • Taste
      Ashy and rubbery with salt and a hint of licorice. A touch of lemon in the background. Very dry.
    • Finish
      Lots of smoke and ash. Drying. Very long.

  10. barryfox915 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Gold.
    Nose: Starts on vanilla and dry smoky notes, with some slight
    maritime and floral influence. It takes some time before the tarry and peaty
    notes are dominating.
    Taste: Salty, peaty, very smoky, slightly ash and on
    liquorice. The finish is very long, dry, tarry, on dry ashes and lot of dry
    smoke, with some light mineral smoke.
    General Impression: A very dry and
    extremely smoky Octomore. The smoky notes are considerably stronger than the
    peaty notes. Not as complex as the Port Charlotte, but more extreme. For the
    peat and smoke freaks.





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