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Octomore Edition 04.2 / 4_167

Overall rating
88.44/100
votes
424
Whiskybase ID
WB30149
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Comus 167 PPM
Bottled
02.2012
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Bourbon / Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Finish
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
61.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
12/017, 01 FEB 2012 + 02 FEB 2012
Barcode
618105005785
Added on
04 Feb 2012 2:32 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 767.47

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 04.2 / 4_167

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.44 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] Heavy peat and sweet wine - this could work much better than heavy peat and virgin oak (WB id 77393) at least for my taste buds. We will see (thanks again, VVP)...

    ...and this is much more to my liking but still not my prefered profile of malt whisky. The sour-sweet wine flavours somehow contain the aggressive peatiness instead boosting their bitterness (like the virgin oak did). But still I do not ask for a second dram...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a rather shy profile first, most probably due to the high abv of 61%. After some breathing just the peaty aromas pop up while the wine stays shy in the background. This changes after a fair reduction by water: The sweeter wine aromas show up and I can nose even some distant citric fruits now. Water is essential on this dram, for sure!
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste shows a lot of peaty flavours (of course) but impressive sweeter wine flavours too that counter the bitter-astringent peat attack greatly. Still there is not much of the malt itself, after some chewing the barley sugars pop up and most probably there is nothing else in such an underaged dram (five years) at all. The reduced dram is more approachable and easier to drink - I like it best at around 46% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (61% abv) with a nice coating effect but a drying-astringent feeling too (cold ashes). It is much better than the combo with virgin oak where the tannins rather multiply the astringent moments of the peat. The finish is long and sweeter than the taste both on the sour-sweet wine flavours and barley sugars with an acceptable dryness of the extreme peats (cold ashes again). Some water helps to smooth the finish (do lovers of such extreme drinks like a smooth finish, I doubt)...

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    After 6 weeks of oxidization this Octomore 4.2 has gone from a "A very nice dram" to an excellent dram.

    Nose; Slight lemony citrus, old vanilla, sweet smokePalate; Sweet malty smoke, lemon curd with light caramel.

    Finish; Sooty smoke with light caramel and citrus. 

    Not overly complex but a nice smoky sweet dram that only "New" Ardbeg can dream of.

    Up from an 88 to a 89.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. pecathor scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    It’s a nice Octomore, but I shouldn’t have tasted it after the 02.2 Orpheus! One of the more harsh ones.. I really like the base of the flavour, the citrus fruit and so on, but the whole feeling is kind of off somehow.
    • Nose
      87 87
      alcohol is more prominent than in the 02.2, also more sharp (yet the same ABV of 61%), sweet with sour notes, smoke is milder than I expected, vanilla, honey.. A bit of water opens it up towards more sweet citrus fruit
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet vanilla, citrus, spice (ginger, pepper, chilli notes), smoke, ash, burnt wood
    • Finish
      85 85
      mid-long, peat smoke, dry notes, the spicy feeling stays for quite a while

  4. herby.usa scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Otomore - one of my favorite whiskys.
    The smokiness is very balanced compared to the "information". Personally, I concentrate on the x.3 bottlings.

    odor
    Sweetness pours out of the jar (honey, cotton candy, vanilla)
    And then comes the bacon smoke that I love so much (freshly made bacon).
    The alcohol content pushes through but not at all disturbing.
    Spiciness and a fruitiness (the Sauternes barrel) add to this.
    He needs time in the glass.
    With water it opens up more and more and shows its complexity of bacon, fruity sweetness.

    taste
    Immediately a warming tingling mouthfeel.
    The sweetness kicks in, but is overlaid by the dominant smoked bacon. Pepperiness (ginger, chilli spice) is evident (certainly also due to the alcohol content).
    And now it becomes oily / supple. Vanilla and honey mix with bacon and smoke.
    Yummy Yummy Yummy!

    Exit
    Long-lasting:
    Warming, bacon and smoke

  5. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    One of my favorite Octomores! Slight lemony citrus, old vanilla. Sweet malty smoke, and lemon curd. Sooty smoke with light caramel. Nice smoky sweet dram
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overall, I like it quite well. A great balance, despite the high peat particle density. Overall, the nose is the highlight for me, whereas the finish drops off sharply. No wonder, with only five years in the barrel. I ask the question: Who is this whisky for and does the price match it? I think the fans of a lot of peat do not get their money's worth here, the sweet wine barrel balances it too much. If you like wine barrel storage, then you will definitely find better representatives. Then it is probably for collectors, flippers and fans of famous names. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/06/01/this-is-octomore/

  7. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Sandman23 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This one shaked up the whisky industrie.
    Comment from Adam Hannet
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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