Octomore Edition 13.1 / 137.3 PPM

Overall rating
86.77/100
votes
146
Whiskybase ID
WB218659
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Impossible Equation
Bottled
15.03.2022
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon
Strength
59.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Barley origin: Scottish mainland / Barley variety: Concerto
Bottle code
L165405 22/083
Barcode
5055807415385
Added on
04 oct 2022 8:59 pm by LukasJakubDrabek
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 160.24

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388 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 13.1 / 137.3 PPM

39 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.77 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Here Bruichladdich got quite a lot out of a whisky that was only 5 years old. It's fun, a whole bottle of this wouldn't make a sad living in my bar.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Hearty peat smoke, funnily enough I rarely find it in these (on paper) Bruichladdich peat smoke bombs. Maritime, salty, seaweed and glasswort. The scent of warm asphalt mixes with a subtle blend of herbs and ginger biscuits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy start with a large portion of caramel, toffee, malt. It expresses its strength in warmth, and is also very enjoyable undiluted. A mix of dried herbs, pepper, salt, nori leaves, samphire, grated ginger, removes sweet strawberries in smoked form, greasy, well-integrated smoke, not too dominant.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, mainly carried by smoke, but by no means one-dimensional, but varied and interesting with herbs, seaweed, latte, caramel and the strawberries that still shine through.

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  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

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

  4. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. OctomoreOlaf scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    We tested 7.1 against 13.1. It's amazing how different Octomores are. There are perhaps two major differences between these two: eg 7.1 fresh wine aromas and 13.1 more vanilla. Already exciting with supposedly similar barrel types. I'm an Octomore fan and don't want to repeat myself here with things like the alcohol is surprisingly well integrated after 5 years, the peat notes are reserved in the nosing and only come into their own in the mouth and on the finish, etc. With these two it was right after the pouring very different in the nosing. After some time, both have come closer in the nosing and the differences have diminished. The taste side has also partly changed for the better. Simply exciting if you take your time and give these whiskys some time to breathe. For me it is something different and special to drink an octomore. The price for this is a house number, there is no question about that. I only drink an octomore at special moments, but then again and again with enthusiasm for this good craft to make a "different" whisky that sets itself apart from other Islay whiskys in its own way.
    Perhaps a small summary of the comparison: Personally, I found the 13.1 to be more harmonious and balanced. Furthermore, we couldn't really see the difference in the PPM numbers of both whiskys 208 to 137.3
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Octomore 13.1 to 13.3 in comparison.
    The 1 behind the point means that the Octomore was made only from Scottish barley, the 2nd that it is a cask experiment (the 13er an 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, but it's not quite as round as the 13.1 and 13.3, which are actually better Ardbegs: lots of smoke, lots of barley sugar sweetness, but a bit more intensity and individuality - but with their almost 60 percent and 50 percent Percent also not so harmonious.
    But I wouldn't pay more than 100 euros for any of the three.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Simple barley sugar sweetness and decent smoke, but not quite as flat as the newer Ardbegs.
      Citrus fruits and a balanced young Islay malt that can hide its almost 60 percent surprisingly well.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft but intense and somewhat alcoholic barley sugar sweetness with a good amount of steam after the start. Nice solid malt, but for me more interesting than enjoyable.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pleasant mouthfeel with a medium finish, which I personally have too many percentages.

  7. AlexHyperboissonsWit scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    A magnificent balance between fruitiness and peat. ????

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Islay freak scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Fruity and very complex. The first sip is firm due to the high alcohol percentage, the second gives orange, iodine and wood tones. The third sip gives more (wry) red fruit tones. Because Bruichladdich has a long neck still and firing at a low temperature, the phenols have little chance to get over the lyne arm, so that the turn (despite the high PPM 137) does not have a strong dominant role.
    • Nose
      Fruity
    • Taste
      complex goes from wood to fruity / floral and red fruit
    • Finish
      Light ginger/aniseed note on the back sides of the tongue and an iodine/salty taste on the center of the tongue

  10. DannyHill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  11. Dr.Ago scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Super-heavily peated

  12. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Derufus scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Quite soft attack, very vanilla, balanced, with touches of coconut, goat's milk and lemon pulp. Very ripe plums make everything softer, mirabelle plums, greengage plums, currants. The smoke comes next. It gives a nice fullness to the whole, but remains measured. Fairly dry, embellished with gravel, nails, and burnt hay. Still behind, coal, tar, plastic, peat that invades everything. Small mineral side, wet rocks, quartz. In the mouth, the white fruits stand out on a bed of muddy peat. Milk chocolate, black earth, mushrooms. It's a little greedy, vanilla éclair, whipped cream. The spices come to give a little dynamic, paprika, cloves, nutmeg, gray pepper. Fairly long, decent finish, everything you would expect from an Octomore, charcoal, explosive, undergrowth, humus, a pinch of cinnamon, star anise, hazelnuts.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/12/octomore-2016-edition-131-5-yo.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. Dris scored this whisky 89 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
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  20. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  21. zzs0529 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A mediocre peat monster
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smell: There is no peaty feeling that knocks you down with a punch, a touch of herbal fragrance, freshly trimmed lawn, birch oil, baked apples and bacon, red cherries;
    • Taste
      86 86
      Entrance: salty taste, full smoky flavor, BBQ's oily and meaty tone, sweetness of maltose and that kind of old European furniture that has just been polished, well, there is also that kind of embroidered flower in this room tapestry;
    • Finish
      83 83
      Final rhyme: pepper, oak tannins, lemon fruit candy, white chocolate, slightly short.

  22. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

    As a result of critics who said Bruichladdich wasn’t a proper Islay distillery – Islay = peat – Port Charlotte came in, says Jim [McEwan], “to shut these guys up forever” [WLP]. And then came another stroke of genius – Octomore. The Octomore .1s are typically bourbon matured, which seems the kindest maturation vehicle for the distillate.

    C: Somewhat bubblegum-y, this reminds me of the 6.1 [WLP88] if slicker. Here, the barley variety is Concerto which should make the difference. Indeed, 13.1, 13.2, and 13.3 are all concerto barley borne.

  25. Sith 45 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  27. whisky666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    With a few drops of water I would also give 89 points
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A powerful yet simple Octomore, juicy, vanilla, malty, the peat is a clean version (non smoky or ashy), thinner mouthfeel than I anticipated.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Barley, raw sugar, vanilla, creamy citrus (campino), peat is pure and non smoky
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, juicy, vanilla, malt, light pepper, hay, lime
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pepper, oak, the peat is drying the mouth now,

  30. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  32. MaroFF scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    As for me, whisky is average in the original version. I cannot see and taste the fruit notes in it. Supposedly there are coconut flakes, some kind of currant jelly, but nothing else. The bitterness is too strong.

    Water drop....
    Aroma: softer, more chocolatey, honeydew apples, more vanilla. The smoke is not so dominant anymore. As for me on "+"
    Taste: here it is also more delicate, although the bitterness is noticeable, but to a moderate extent. There are pharmacy notes with banana syrup and lemon peel. Also here on "+"
    Finish: medium with a slight tingling sensation, slightly spicy with smoke, peat and fire. No mint aftertaste, added notes of anise. The aftertaste of the fire harmonizes quite well with the whole. After a while, the whole thing ends mineral. Also "+".
    Summarizing .... For me, the water version is more advantageous.
    • Nose
      84 84
      quite clear, sweet, a lot of smoke, flower meadow, vanilla, charred oak log, cowshed
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, smoky, peat, ash from the fire, undergrowth, coconut shavings, apricots, currant jelly, delicate bitterness with honey, a bit of mint
    • Finish
      82 82
      long, slightly spicy with notes of mint, salt, strong, too much honey bitterness at the end, warming, a lot of smoke

  33. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion the worst of the 13 series.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. g2ther scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  35. zsolaris scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    Nose: You get a lovely smoke straight away. It isn’t a harsh or overly intense note but rather one that is actually fairly silky and sweet. It is almost more like a smoked vanilla ice cream than anything else. A note of custard comes through before a note of something bread-like with something savory, something similar to Yorkshire pudding with some gravy, comes through.

    Palate: It takes a decent amount of water to get going here. You get more of the bread-like / Yorkshire pudding note from the nose though the savory, meaty element is amped up a bit. A bit of smoked custard wrap things up

    Finish: Much shorter than expected. There is a hit of smoke and cinnamon but then it is gone.

    Conclusion: It has been a bit since I’ve had an official Octomore bottling, though a glance at my sample inventory tells me I’ve just been slacking on the last few releases, so I was happy to see this sitting on the bar. This young ex-bourbon cask release delivers some very tasty notes but ultimately comes across as far too simple. The smoked vanilla ice cream note in the nose is fantastic, making me want to sit there nosing it for a long time, and the Yorkshire pudding with meaty juice notes found on the palate is always a favorite of mine. However, it just seems to be too straightforward and simple. Looking at the price tag on these lately, I can’t help but think it simply isn’t worth it.

    Final Score: 79. Good, enjoyable to drink but ultimately flawed.

    https://scotchandsheen.com/2022/10/16/octomore-13-1/

  36. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Light straw color. Definitely an oily structure.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Traces of fumes and ashes. Sweetness. Caramel. On a stronger breath, a little alcohol. Spices. Needles. Wet moss in the forest. A pinch of spices. Vanilla. Earthiness. White pepper. Baked apple. A little salty caramel comes out on the other nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Lots of smoke. Needles. Wet, forest litter. Spice. Spices. Black pepper. Mega smoked plum. Traces of citrus underneath.
    • Finish
      85 85
      At the beginning, dark chocolate, but with smoke. Mega heavily smoked plum. A pinch of spices. White pepper. Long finish.

  37. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Exciting, especially as it is surprisingly fruity. Intensity is still extreme, of course. Real Octomore stuff. But it doesn't really grab me. Water makes it a little better/calmer, but not enough for more points.
    Full review including 13.2, 13.3 and Oc4 as bonus: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/10/13/octomore-13-bonus/

  38. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  39. The_Osprey did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Octomore 13.1. 1cl sample at The Whisky Show 2022. I can’t rate a whisky off such a small sample, but initial impressions: The ex-bourbon cask is intense, like virgin American oak sweetness. Then intense savoury peat offsetting. Nicely balanced if one-dimensional. Much preferred this to 13.2 but 13.3 edged it. Spent most of the time talking to the very friendly rep. 3.475/83

  40. sengaia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very ashy and intense Octomore that showcases the intended extremism of this distillate well. The most extreme and therefore the most "Octomore" of the 13.x versions, and also the one I enjoyed most.

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