Octomore Edition 04.1 / 4_167

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ochdamh-mor 167 PPM
Stated Age
05 years old
American Oak
Number of bottles
62.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
05 Aug 2011 7:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 354.47

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210 × member ratings

699 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 04.1 / 4_167

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] I had this dram during a Jim McEwan tasting in Bonn...

    ...and this is a modern whisky that works pretty well. It is more balanced than most of the other designed stuff out there but still I cannot enjoy more than one such dram a night.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a rather shy peaty profile (compared to the PC8 that I had before this dram). After some breathing the peaty aromas grow stronger but actually they dominate all other flavours. This is way too simple and "designed" for my taste but I can imagine I will adore this dram when I am 86 years old (and both my olfactory cells and taste buds have almost quitted their job completely)...
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is somewhat more balanced with a nice barley sugary sweet and bitter-peaty combo enriched by some fine spices. The wood is just about right here and provides a sound structure to the taste. Water turns the dram smoother and more approachable but I like the "full throttle" of the neat dram better...
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is very hot and not really coating but with no major distracting moments either. The finish is long and gets sweeter towards the end what I like better. Luckily, there is just a minor drying feeling at the end (cold metals, ashes) that is not distracting.

  2. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My personal favourite of the evening's lineup (see below). I'm stunned by how much flavor this 5yo can have without some obvious tacked on finish, and how I can't find any raw distillate markers (yeastiness, peat rubber, raw ethanol) in it. Bravo!
    Tasted with the following Octomores: 01.1 (85 pts.) 02.1 (84), 02.2 (84), 03.1 (82), and 04.2 (83). While 04.1 was my favourite, Nearly half of the attending tasters voted 02.2 their top dram of the night.

    Some interesting tidbits mentioned during the tasting: There are among other factors two pretty big ones for why Octomore's peat tastes the way it does. The first is that all the peat is from the mainland, as Octomore does not use Port Ellen maltings or Islay peat. The second is that Bruichladdich's stills are loaded only to around 60% capacity and driven very carefully, so there is a lot of copper contact going on, which explains why the whisky's stated PPM level does not translate directly to the level of peatiness you experience when nosing and tasting it.

    In retrospect tasting 6 cask strength Octomores was the most difficult tasting I've ever been in. If regular peated Islay whisky can at times provide magnificent detail and contrast comparable to the Dutch master painters, having nothing but Octomore feels like trying to replicate a Rembrandt with a paint roller. The loudness of the phenols and the tight ABV clog the senses, so I could only finish the glass I deemed the best, and had to let my overworked nose and palate rest after that. An interesting experience in total, but I don't think I want to do it again.
    • Nose
      White fruit and quality white winegums. Sweet pears and sugar. Stays fruity on repeat nosings, and there's some surprising notes of sultanas as well. I wonder what made it so fruity and sweet, but I don't complain since it works perfectly.
    • Taste
      Anise candy, lemon sweets, and pounding peat. Water amps up the peat punch and sugar. I love this. It's a small miracle for a 5yo.
    • Finish
      Lasting, sustained, with anise and smoke. Coagulates at the bottom of your mouth where the cheeks and the gums meet, and I can get some of the taste to come back by rolling my tongue there.

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, peat obviously, powerful smoke, but which dissipates very quickly (unless it is my concentration that manages to disregard it) to deliver cereals, fruits, even a bit of honey. Oh, the cold ashes come back to the fore. In the mouth, apart from the burning of alcohol, there is also pepper and sugar. The finish is vanilla, sweet, always with these ashes. With water, (more than usual!), The aromas settle for a moment, then come back in force (after two additions of water, however!) With citrus fruits, also exotic fruits? On the palate, vanilla is highlighted. A lot of roundness for a 5 years! Enthusiasm 4/5

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. helmutgw scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: more fruit, less alcohol + H2O: reasonably round but not exactly impressive
    30.10.2017 75
    • Nose
      Fruit, low alcohol, hardly any smoke G: A:
    • Taste
      Fruit, sweetness, alcohol, smoke - powerful
    • Finish
      long, so, a lot of alcohol, becomes bitter

  7. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Light golden straw in colour. 

    Light sweat-peat, vanilla on the noise with no hint of alcohol whatsoever. 

    Very oily smooth and warm with sweat-peat, very light lemon-vanilla and musty light barley in the mid palate. No water added no alcohol burn or heat. 

    By far the lightest in both colour and flavour profile of all the Octomore's I've tried so far.

    Really nice dram for a not so warm summer night.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    typical octomore. peat, peat and peat and beneath it sweet and spicy oak. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: It is not just a case of tasting peat, peat and more peat. This is a strong, flavoursome, handsome, proud young son of the stills, with a warm, open, Gaelic heart - unconstrained by phenolic overload, untainted by additives, not stripped of his pride by chill-filtration - but made by real people with passion and rare skills. Discerning followers of this islands’ malt whiskies deserve nothing less.

    Colour: Primrose/Chartreuse

    Nose: Your anticipation is about to be rewarded: a heat-haze of peat smoke, bog myrtle, heather, wild thyme and juniper harmonise to lift the senses into a state of ecstasy. Next, a beautiful floral bouquet of yellow, riverside, summer flowers (primrose, buttercup, flag iris and wild lilies) waft by - the wind changes - and now the aromas are barley fields just before harvest, with sweet vanilla notes of Bourbon-soaked oak. As time passes, lemon zest and clover honey, slipstream on a cooling, marine breeze. It’s a hedonistic aroma explosion blowing your mind.

    Palate: The body is lean and muscular with the smoldering heat of a heath fire, just being held in check by the strength of the oak. This is a spiritual soul, unconfined, independent and master-less – Hallelujah! It’s only when you taste that you wonder how such a heavily peated spirit, at such a young age, can provide the extraordinary balance of aromas and flavours. The answer is slow distillation, the tightest middle cut ever, and maturation in fresh American oak casks next to the Atlantic Ocean..

    Finish: The finish is a very long and winding road of mellowness, ending on a beautiful sunset of smoke and fruit syrup. It’s 100% Islay DNA, the latest addition to the most heavily peated whisky in the world.

    Mood: Caber-tossing.

  10. Albaron scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    A smoke bomb. Not as strong as the ppm number promises but clearly. Dry smoke, not phenolic. Pleasant and very sweet, lots of vanilla. Tasty, but still too expensive.
    • Nose
      some alcohol tingles in the nose, vanilla kipper, grapefruit, sweetness, smoke
      With water, the alcohol comes out even stronger, the pastry is gone, but the grapefruit is stronger and the smoke more present and sweet the alcohol is even more prominent, the pastry is gone, but the grapefruit is stronger and the smoke more present and sweet
    • Taste
      strong onset, alcohol, smoke, spice, vanilla, citrus, sweetness
      With water, the onset is significantly weaker, hardly any alcohol, the spice is more pronounced and the oak comes through more and the smoke is a bit stronger
    • Finish
      Smoke, vanilla and after a while even some oak


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