Octomore 10-year-old

Overall rating
89.31/100
votes
88
Whiskybase ID
WB203587
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
5th Limited Edition Release 90.3 ppm
Vintage
2010
Bottled
12.2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill American Oak, Ribera Del Duero Wine
Number of bottles
3500
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L165234 21/299
Barcode
5055807414845
Added on
01 feb 2022 9:44 pm by eselsim
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 225.04

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Whisky reviews for Octomore 10-year-old

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.31 points.

  1. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ... fresh wine notes, with BBQ grill meat, smoke and dry spice ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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      89 89
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      88 88
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      88 88

  3. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is such a close game between a lot and too much. The overall structure is relatively round and almost tame for an Octomore, especially from a wine cask. I think that's what makes the oak such a dominant part. Today 87/100 On other days I'd rather not drink it and cover the glass and try it again another day.

    Full review alongside the 7.4: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/01/der-pfad-zur-900/

  4. weekendwarrior scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Proper rich meaty and balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Rich, full and complex. Cigar smoke, leather and fruit! Perfectly balanced.
    • Taste
      92 92
      That’s a mouthful. Oily and thick. Spice and ash.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Warming. Dried fruits, salt, umami.

  5. Spoerkel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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      90 90
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      90 90
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      91 91

  6. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    i find that the more experienced i become in the ways of whysky, the less need i have to put experience into words.. on a different note, i think i need to have a bottle or two of this

  7. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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      87 87
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      89 89
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  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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      88 88
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      89 89
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  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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  10. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: Lovely sweet and nutty smoke, some peat too but not too much of it, quite gentle for an Octomore, if I might say so. No peat reek, more like distant peat embers, soot, and tar, then ripe oranges make an entry, with a hint of lemon, grilled pear/apples with a nice sweet malty backbone, and some earth. Lovely and complex, befitting and older Octomore.

    Palate: Big thick and spicy at first, quite a body on this one, with lots of smoky and peaty goodness developing, the soot/charcoal/ tar combo from the nose, is here to stay, adding a nice bitter juxtaposition to the otherwise sweet, smoky, meaty, chocolatey liquid. As it develops we’re getting some sweet and bitter notes of mocha, and maybe a hint of ripe red fruit (cherries, berries?).

    Finish: Long, smokey, ashy nice wood touches, and roasted nuts alongside soot and tar.

    Conclusion: A very very good Octomore indeed! the wine influence is very light, adding nice fruitiness and the toned-down peat levels make up for a complex, and layered whisky, offering the best of both worlds. This is not a peat monster by no means, and if you’re after an untamed Octomore look elsewhere (to previous younger editions, for sure), but for the discerning peated whisky drinker, this one has tons to offer. Head to head with the 2nd edition I love

  11. frozzy scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    This is absolutely mine. I always found the last octomore series to be a bit one-dimensional. This one is 10 years and titled Virgin oak? Since I'm an octo virgin oak fan and all the 10 year olds (except for the 4th) were really great, the combo just has to be good. Lo and behold, after the first 5 cl I'm blown away. So intense after European oak and the bruichladdich funk. That's rarely the combination. Unfortunately, there are only very few other european virgin oak bottlings, so you always have to resort to the expensive octomore variant for this taste.
    I think the malt is great, so intense that I still have it on my tongue the next day. Unfortunately, the others from the 12 series didn't have that at all.

  12. Nikilema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Great nose, reminds me of the great laddie MP6 #0022
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet berry notes, barbecue-soaked bacon slices, slightly burned if there was BBQ cotton candy, this octomore comes close.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slight sulfur notes, these cloud the feeling in the finish

  13. Flynn Taggart scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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      93 93
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      93 93
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  14. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      The rich smoke mixes with fruity wine notes and nut aromas, giving the mixture freshness and fruitiness - orange cream - in equal measure. Very fine, just as clean as intense, harmonious aromas.
    • Taste
      91 91
      I note a great, decidedly oily mouthfeel as the malt rolls in. It almost glows. I love it. The power of the malt is simply remarkable. Pure Octomore. Nothing is muted here. The longer maturation has strengthened it rather than softened it. Sweet vanilla, dark berries and a fine herbal note. The campfire smoke has an enormous presence and radiates a clear dominance without overpowering the other elements. The malt dresses the mouth beautifully. Fantastic! Very well composed. I enjoy this complexity that the well-aged malt reveals on the palate.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Great nose, great taste, then the malt goes very slowly and it stays warm, spicy, vinous, smoked bacon and quite ashy. Just as engaging as the aftertaste of the brilliant 'Son of Orpheus', the 13-year-old Octomore from the #LADDIEMP6 set (barrel #0022), I mean from memory. The finish of the malt begins as convincingly as the nose and palate have shown.
      Then it slowly starts to get woody and dry… and finally, towards the end, when the malt is actually almost (great!) history, the aftertaste slowly tilts towards bitterness. Out of nowhere, a mushroomy note takes hold on the palate and tongue over time, reminiscent of wet, musty wood. The taste does not go away with water - sulfur. No rotten eggs, there are much worse representatives, also no New Year's firecrackers. But to my mind, this moldy 'rot' robs the Octomore of its true greatness. I can hardly believe it. What a pity! Is it the Spanish 'Ribera Del Duero' red wine casks that previously gave the malt so many great aromas and such a harmonious taste? Probably have to, because so far all the Octos that I have tasted were clean as far as off-notes are concerned, and experience has shown that it will not be due to the bourbon barrels. Nevertheless, for many it is definitely a more than interesting bottling, especially if you are sulfur blind or even like the influence, as is known to be the case with many, especially in Germany.

  15. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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      90 90
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      90 90
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      91 91

  16. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  17. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    In this Octomore, the casks in which it was allowed to mature for 5 years clearly come into their own! Due to the quite long maturation of 10 years for Octomore, the smoke is well integrated and nice and round. The oak and especially the wine barrels are shown off very well and have given the malt a beautiful colour. An exciting taste experience. Reminds me of good Port Charlotte bottlings with "only" 90.3 ppm.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoke, fermented raisins, sweet oak and orange peel. This malt is wonderful on the nose and gives hope for a great taste experience.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The Octomore immediately settles comfortably and warmly around the tongue with a good sharpness. You can feel the cask strength and the good portion of smoke. The alcohol is very present at the beginning, but not disturbing or overpowering. The taste of smoke, chocolate, oak and dry wine comes through clearly on the palate, the alcohol is well integrated and gives a nice overall taste experience.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The octomore is present for a long time and leaves a nice aftertaste of smoked ham and dry sweet wine. Unfortunately, this mixes with a taste of wet, bitter wood that bothers me a bit at the end.

  18. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The Octomore 10 Years Fifth Edition is a wonderful amalgamation of the brute spirit strength (albeit somewhat tamed after 10 years) and the French ex-wine casks.
    • Nose
      A lovely savory first impression with roasted peanut skins, earthy peat smoke, brown bread and buttery toast, with just a whiff of seared beef. There's some creosote, soft medicinal notes and shellfish. Things are rounded out by notes of agave syrup, pear skin, clementines and pickled lemons. Highly attractive.
    • Taste
      Warming wood smoke with an impressive depth, alongside notes of tobacco, leather and tar. Also soft tannins accompanied by gentle whispers of cracked black peppercorns, followed by blackberries, powdered sugar, and strawberries. Finally a pinch of salt. Water brings out an ashier note.
    • Finish
      Lingering sweet smoke, oak spices and tobacco. Long.

  19. simonbee1987 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Originally malted to 90.3PPM, this Octomore spirit spent its first five years maturing in first fill ex-American oak casks. For its final five years, it would be re-casked into wine barriques, hailing from a bodega in northern Spain. This Ribera del Duero wine is known for its intense flavour and complexity, owing to its altitude (~900m), exposure to wind and organic production methods. The resulting Octomore single malt is viscous, sweet and structured, with a touch of dryness from the tannic European oak. Limited to 3,500 bottles, this particular Octomore is available exclusively from our website, and the Laddie Shop on Islay.

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