Octomore Edition 13.3 / 129.3 PPM

Overall rating
88.10/100
votes
117
Whiskybase ID
WB218100
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Impossible Equation
Bottled
04.04.2022
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Bourbon / RDC / RIC
Strength
61.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Barley origin: Lorgba field & Irene's field, Octomore farm, Islay / Barley variety: Concerto
Bottle code
L165420 22/087
Barcode
5055807415422
Added on
25 sep 2022 11:03 pm by tomgilus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 218.05

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 13.3 / 129.3 PPM

40 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.10 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic! One of my favorite Octomore bottlings, I am convinced by the lightness that is shown here. 90 points.
    • Nose
      "A truly beguiling nose. An incredibly intense vanilla fills the nose. Very sweet and light. Mild honey. The typical octomore smoke is wonderfully integrated, no acidity is penetrating. The sweetness is dominant, not the smoke. One comes with a lot of time added a subtle cheesy note that I so often get at this distillery.

      Water: The smoke goes a little further into the background. Despite the still very high alcohol content, I would definitely describe the whisky as creamy. I perceive Physalis now. "
    • Taste
      "The sweetness rules here too. A tingle forms, I taste honey toast. Some smoke forms in the sides of the mouth. After swallowing, the smoke spreads out a little and coats the tongue without displacing the sweetness.

      Water: Some oak flashes here, charred and dry. The smoke gets stronger, especially in the aftertaste. Interesting, as the nose has developed in a creamier and even fresher direction."
    • Finish
      Very long and complex. The freshness and sweetness remain, as does the smoke. Fascinating how all three can coexist side by side without crowding out. Not many whiskys manage to walk this tightrope.

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  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. abcmeuric scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Feels unbalanced between the nose and the rest, and quite simple too. Close profile from this year's Port Charlotte sauternes cask, and less convincing, so why pay near double ? Most disappointing Octomore to date for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Greedy first impression on barley and custard. Lightly iodine peat, a little tar too. Goes hard on the sweet side.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Less lovely, way sharper. Salty. Black pepper chips. Thyme on a grill. Where's the sweetness gone ? A little new wood.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Average power, rather long on the same notes. Lingers on ashes, salt and pepper. Bitter note of wood.

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Octomore 13.1 to 13.3 in comparison.

    The 1 after the dot means that the Octomore was made with only Scottish barley, the 2nd that it is a cask experiment (for the 13 Oloroso Cask) and the 3rd for an Octomore with barley only from Islay.
    So far so good.
    I like the 13.2 better because it's more complex. 13.1 and 13.3 are better Ardbegs, lots of smoke, lots of barley sugar sweetness and a bit more intensity and individuality. But I wouldn't pay more than 100 euros for any of the three.

    This one is just too spicy for me with its 61.1 percent and the 5 years and the aromas are a bit too one-dimensional for an octomore. There have been many Octomores that I could confidently give 90 or 91 points to. But I definitely can't do that to the three representatives from the 13 series.
    • Nose
      88 88
      If there is a difference to the nose of the 13.1, it is that the 13.3 looks a bit softer, more authentic and rounder in the nose despite its more than 61 percent. (That must be the Islay barley, which goes better with an Islay whisky...:-)
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dryer and a bit harsher than 13.1. Lots of sweetness, lots of smoke, barley sugar and all in all an amazingly good whisky for a distillate that has only matured for 5 years and essentially only has 2 aroma spectra.
      The 61 percent here on the palate is clearly too hot for a pleasure whisky.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Alright, how should the mouthfeel be with a 5 year old whisky with over 61 percent? They can't do magic with Bruichladdich either, but the mouthfeel isn't bad anyway. Mouth-filling and Scottish, I would say.
      The finish is of medium length, but the tongue is still numbed by the 61 percent after a long time.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An extremely successful conclusion to the 13 series, in my opinion the best of the three 13 Octomores.
    5yo, you have to let that melt in your mouth in peace (which really won't be very difficult even with this 61.1% Octomore).
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first it seems a bit rough (not unpleasant) and bulky, but after a while it becomes a maritime note. Salty, mineral, greasy-smoky, Longrow-like. With lots of vanilla and spicy honey, the types of casks used hit the mark. plum jam.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Can't believe how soft it feels on the tongue with its 61.1% undiluted. A real flatterer with a restrained, yet clearly perceptible note of peat smoke, vanilla, caramel, spicy honey, Mirabelle plums, café au lait, nougat and marzipan, some thyme and rosemary as a spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dry wood slowly spreads, sweet fruit notes until the end, smoked ham, smoked caramel candies.

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very round, both soft and fruity, mellow, on persimmon and prickly pear, some juicy Mirabelle plums and bananas. The cereals are intense, the impression of being in the middle of a field of ripe wheat, ready to be harvested, it is greedy, slightly earthy. A hint of minerality. The palate is very oily, vinous cereals, but more on yellow fruits, Comices pears and Golden apples, Chasselas grapes, olive oils, puffed rice. Long and smoky finish, very full and intense, still vinous and fruity, but this time with a hint of oil and black earth. Humus, laurel, forest undergrowth. Cones.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/12/octomore-2016-edition-133-islay-barley.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Derufus scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Faces of Bruichladdich: 2022.11.15.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/210208/bruichladdich-2010
    88-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/189317/port-charlotte-2013
    88-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/218659/octomore-edition-131-1373-ppm
    89+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/218643/octomore-edition-132-1373-ppm
    88+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/218100/octomore-edition-133-1293-ppm
    88-
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Paddy_Glen scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    50+2+9+11+3

  18. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  19. zzs0529 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Much more interesting than 13.1
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smell: The aroma of fresh vanilla and maltose, how can you smell the smell of vinegar and wood? Honey, caramel and full of sea breeze and turpentine;
    • Taste
      86 86
      Entrance: It is also very salty, delicate and oily, full of smoky peat flavor, honey cake and hot cocoa, salted plums and roasted almonds;
    • Finish
      86 86
      End rhyme: The end is warm peat, barbecue aroma, caramel and maltose, not particularly strong impact, eh? The smell of coffee came out.

  20. simmek scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Sith 45 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Nikilema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Best bottling from the 13th series
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/11/18/the-whisky-show-2022-silly-hour

    Here, we’re enjoying the fruits of Octomore Farm concerto barley from Lorgba & Irene’s fields.

    C: A chiselled lactic number that reminds me, in part, of Octomore 06.2 [WLP88] with an eau de vie-like husky barley oiliness. A little short of form but still a strong release.

  27. herby.usa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Great bottling.
    • Nose
      92 92
      fresh, salty, malty,
      honey, vanilla, cocoa powder
      slightly sour note of fermented fruits, citrus/green apple, menthol,
      Hint of very subtle cigar smoke
      somehow mineral

      I don't really find the actual smoke note.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Immediately soft and supple - oh, it becomes really silky soft
      Smoke/ash appears, mixes with cocoa powder.
      Honey sweetness, Nutella, marzipan
      Again and again the sea aroma emerges but is pushed out by the sweetness and the cocoa.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Coffee vs. oak notes play their game in the mouth for a little eternity, driven by the sea aromas.

  28. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. whisky666 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful, strong, expressive smoke. He owes nothing to anyone. Standard on the nose, vanilla, butter scotch.

  31. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Holzwurm scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  33. MaroFF scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Amazing !!!
    As for me, the best whisky among the Octomore series 13 release.
    Strongly fruity, warming with perfectly hidden alcohol and a large dose of smoky additives. This is!!!

    Water drop...
    Aroma: intensity and freshness escaped, it got more candy with milk fudge in the foreground, instead of flower meadow, change to hay. Smoke still palpable. Here, unfortunately, on "-"
    Taste: softer, less bitter, more citrus notes, lemon, a bit of vanilla, chocolate with strawberry filling. The ginger and the salty sea breeze are gone. Gently on the "+"
    Finish: still long, pleasant, without bitterness, but with fruity accents with citrus in the foreground. Also "+"

    To sum up...
    As for me, it is a whisky to be enjoyed both in its original appearance and with the addition of water.
    The bottle must be purchased!
    • Nose
      92 92
      fresh, quite expressive, pine needles, peat, apples, pears, flower meadow, smoky in the last stage
    • Taste
      95 95
      delicate, creamy, oily, very sweet, buckwheat honey, citrus, peach, delicate ginger, sea breeze, a lot of smoke
    • Finish
      94 94
      long, sweet rose water, very fruity, cherries, citrus, smoky, ending with dark chocolate and the aftertaste of ripe raspberries, a biting tongue.

  34. The_Osprey did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Octomore 13.3. 1cl sample at The Whisky Show 2022. I can’t rate a whisky off such a small sample, but initial impressions: Aroma initially empty and biscuity becoming a bit old and waxy, taste is super-balanced but with a good punchy smoke. Probably slightly preferred this to the 13.1, though it’s close. Spent most of the time talking to the very friendly rep. 3.5/84

  35. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    bruichladdich.com:

    "This release is matured in a foundational parcel of first fill ex-American whisky barrels and a supplementary selection of second fill European oak casks, hailing from the Rivesaltes region of France and the Ribera del Duero region of Spain."

    https://www.bruichladdich.com/products/octomore-edition-13-3

  36. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Extremely light, light straw color.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke. Varnishes. Maybe some ashes. Spices. Delicate spice. Black pepper. Mineral. Sea salt. After a while, the caramel came out.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet. Caramel. Sea salt. Mineral. Smoke. Spices. Spice. Black pepper. Hot pepper. Oily. Sea salt. On the second sip, maybe traces of fruit from the orchard are smoked.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sea salt. Mineral. Spices. White pepper. Caramel. Salty caramel. Smoke in the background. Long finish.

  37. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  38. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The best of the three. In my opinion. The suspected wine cask influence is there, but not overwhelming. It's also fun to play with some water here, it's worth it.
    Full review including 13.1, 13.2 and Oc4 as bonus: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/10/13/octomore-13-bonus/

  39. sengaia scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The most subdued of the 13.x Octomores, with the influence of the wine casks very noticable and the peat distinctly dialed back compared to 13.1 and 13.2. For me this makes it the least typical Octomore of the three, but if you enjoy peat and wine cask maturation there is nothing to objectionable about this version.

  40. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  41. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I can't agree with JoshNRW here, for me this is the most interesting and complex of the 13 series, but maybe that's also because this one completely fits my loot scheme.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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