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Octomore Edition 04.1 / 4_167

Overall rating
86.96/100
votes
228
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ochdamh-mor 167 PPM
Bottled
06.2011
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
American Oak
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
62.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
618105004542
Added on
05 Aug 2011 7:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 410.00

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228 × member ratings

745 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 04.1 / 4_167

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.96 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. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A full Octo experience - straight forward with some good wood. Hides its age well, just the superficial complexity tells a tale, even though the finish is mucho bombastico. For a giant smoking peater with malty sweetness, sweet vanillaed american (1st fill?) oak and maritime depth in the finish, this is the way to go. Much better than the x.1s of late though not worth the dough on the market 299Eu+.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    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

  4. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Have to be the best Octomore I'be tried
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Smell: thick peat, sea, weed and barbecue: fish with lime. In addition, wood, milk chocolate, coffee, earth, malt and barley sugar.

    Taste: Dry and full, peat smoke, sea, barbecue on one side and chocolate, coffee, almond, plum, citrus and biscuits next to it.

    Finish: sea, fish, citrus, pepper, nutmeg and soft smoke.

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

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