Octomore Edition 04.2 / 4_167

Overall rating
88.43/100
votes
446
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

€ 724.95

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 04.2 / 4_167

54 users have left 56 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.43 points.

  1. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I loved the wide range of sweet earthy notes and the seemingly endless complexity— I only included the high points, but I am sure I could have sat with this and come up with many more superlatives and mental images. It was not hard to see why this is celebrated as one of the best Octomore releases.

    Mental Image: Outdoor Art Studio
    • Nose
      Meat, earth, and fruit. An initial impression of an art studio with paper maché and modeling clay, yet lunch beckoned with notes of herbs, beef fat, and chocolate powder. Water brought out more juicy fruits, mint, and sweet chlorinated pool water.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied with fruit, meat, and chemicals. Earthy charcoal and clay revealed sweet fruity Juicy Fruit gum, spearmint, swimming pool chemicals, and sweet citrusy sangria. Papermaché, canvas, and art studio projects remained in the background as meatier notes appeared at the end.
    • Finish
      Lingering tropical fruit punch.

  3. TomP scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. ailean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Probably the tastiest octomore for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. TechnOBY scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Chalky Necco, peat, malt, peaches, nuts and toffee.

    Palate: Malt, spice, smoke, chalky Necco, dried orchard fruit and toffee.

    Finish: Long -> Smoke, fruit, malt and a jammy sweetness.

  7. lipphi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  8. pecathor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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/

  12. TechnOBY scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Sandman23 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  15. 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

  16. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Dry yet sweet, if that makes any sense. At first I couldn't get much wine from it, but that may just have been because it was the last whisky in the lineup, and my nose must've already taken quite a beating by then. After a while the Sauternes becomes obvious, and it does not sit very well with me. Candied, with grilled pineapples and sugar, but also yeasty, which is not a welcome note in a young peater, regardless of whether it's from the distillate or from the cask.
    The taste is dominated by the wine's sweetness, and water doesn't change that very much. It's acceptable, but there is a lack of balance going on IMO.
    Tasted with the following Octomores: 01.1 (85 pts.) 02.1 (84), 02.2 (84), 03.1 (82), and 04.1 (88). 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.

  17. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sweet peat bomb, but the finish quite dry. Not nearly as fast as expected. The sweet wine barrel softens quite a bit. Somehow reminds of the Connemara CS. But still has the typical non-maritime peat Bruichladdich.

  18. 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)...

  19. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 89 points Photo 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

  20. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The use of the winecasks gives the dram deapth beyond the peat/smoke. Balanced dram albeit a bit clean.

    (Pricerating for orignal price)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Everything in here what you are waiting for associating an Octomore. Nice citrus smoke and ashes, a lot of citrus fruits. Tar and tobacco. The Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes is hiding very well, at the finihsline you might get a glimpse.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sweet gentle citrus smoke, overripe oranges and yellow fruits, honey, vanilla, citrus butter cake.
    • Taste
      Sweet spicy smoke. Tobacco, ashes, citrus, oranges.
    • Finish
      Long. Tobacco, ashes, yellow fruits.

  22. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/octomore-comus-04-2/

  23. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My first Octomore -> Disappointment ... can be too much waiting on my part
    • Nose
      A nose much less peaty / smoked than I imagined / hoped for. Algae, iodine can be metal ...?
    • Taste
      Poorly integrated alcohol, the mouth is full of spices and peat. Like the nose, a certain "complexity" in his youth that is widely felt ...
    • Finish
      A medium finish on the smoke / peat ... and again ... nothing crazy.

  24. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Landryn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky Tasting: Octomore Comus 04.2: 167ppm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wme1ZrliI4

  27. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. lupowolf63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  29. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Price is actually more like 40-50, but it takes the score down too much IMHO.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice. Very drinkable despite it's high ABV.
    • Nose
      Bruichladdich peat, vanilla, honey sweetness, herbal, minty, some citrus, some red fruit
    • Taste
      Soft honey sweetness, vanilla, mint, some citrus, all covered in peat smoke
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly drying, slightly bitter, peaty, some mint and citrus

  31. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Slightly smoked and peaty despite the 167ppm. The aromas are vague: a little fat, a little iodine, a little fruit, a little peat ... The whole is young and slightly dissociated in the mouth between the fruity and peat on a rather indefinite background, between the pastry store and the grain farmer. Too little expressive. Average final. Not really flagrant defect, but not particularly striking quality either. Marketing has made it a great product; the tasting puts him back in his place as a rude novice.

  32. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Amazingly mild for 61% and certainly not the smoke monster you might expect. The existing smoke goes well with the sweet impressions of the Sauternes. At just five years of age, the whisky is exceptionally mature. The barrel of the final maturation has done an excellent job.
    • Nose
      Amazingly little smoke for 167 ppm. Very cute. Of course, the smoke is still very present, but I expected more from my first Octomore. Cold ashes, the Sauternes can be seen nicely. White grapes, vanilla, white wine cream. But behind it the smoke, hints of burnt rubber. Rather medically as a "campfire". Traces of almonds. What at first glance can not harmonize, delicate sweet dessert notes and medical smoke combines here to a harmonious aromatic blend. Something fresh is also added: mint; There is no sign of alcohol.
    • Taste
      The onset is silky soft, but then come through the 61% and ensure a slight burning on the tongue. Again impressions of a dessert cream, very sweet. The smoke is also more in the mouth.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke finally shows clearly and combines with a still strong sweetness. The white grapes from the nose show up again and at the end the impression of smoked milk chocolate with vanilla cream filling reveals itself after a medium to long finish. A slight bitterness sticks to the palate.

  33. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Octomore 5 yo 'Comus 04.2' (61%, OB, 18000 bottles, 2012) 167ppm, will that be enough? I think this one's been matured in some Sauternes casks. Will the apricot resist the peat? Colour: pale gold. Nose: I find it Laphroaiggy, which can’t be bad news. I do not know where these medicinal notes do come from – or was that the Sauternes’ botrytis? Other than that, it’s not exactly a smoke bomb, I even find it a little mellow and soft. Oh and the apricots are there. With water: new tyres replace the antiseptic. Wet paint, creosote, carbolinium… These sorts of things. Bye-bye Sauternes! Mouth (neat): huge, high-impact, citrusy smoke. What’s quite impressive is the freshness, and even if the wine’s flavours can feel a little odd at times, the whole works. A Turkish delights shop after a fire. With water: lapsang souchong favoured with orange blossom – so, so kind of earl grey. The peat is not overpowering. Finish: long, quite creamy, and rather fruity, as if the Sauternes hadn’t had its last word. Tinned peaches. Comments: I prefer the cleaner, more natural ones (such as last year’s Islay Barley), but this worked. 

    SGP:558 - 85 points

  34. Dram The Man scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  35. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Major ABV % here. Strong stuff. With an initial layer of sweet fruit then comes peat in hefty amounts. Spicy cinnamon gum. Vanilla and sweet fruity melange of grape and apricot. Sauternes colossus. Smoke. Tar. Eating an apricot jam scone after a peat smoke fire.

    Mouth: Oily mouth feel. Lots of grape influence , wine. Fruity sweet with honey liquor. Whiffs of peat smoke in the middle in hefty quantity. Medicinal and yet so sweet. Fruit Compote set alight. Leather. Spicy-Sweet.

    Finish: Smoke. Very long. Peat. Grapes. so long it took minutes literally to withdraw from my palate.

    Excellent stuff. I was a bit worried if the desert wine finish would hold against the powerful Octomore phenols, but it just works out so well together. Good work Jim ! A real good buy, it may not be cheap for a 5 year old peated monster, but it’s worth it, IMHO.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2012/05/23/bruichladdich-octomore-4-2-comus/

     

  37. ApricotOne scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  38. numen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend
    • Nose
      Clearly a backdrop of bog-peat. It's sweet and elegant. It doesn't hit
      quite like some of the harsh and massive peat monsters out there (called
      monsters for a reason). Some salt, and it turns as well. Fruit is in
      there, soft grapes, sweet Sauternes (surprise!) neither cloying nor
      spicy. Lemon zest, musty apricot, and a few small white/light orange
      stone fruits. Wisps of vanilla and waxiness. (with water) takes it all
      down a bit and rather more elgant and crystalline, but not crystallized
      you see.
    • Taste
      Whoa nelly! This is big, rich, and sticky oil. Yet, the alcohol isn't
      sharp, and it's not too much neat. Honey, big Sauternes, there's the
      botrytis spice, and then quite a bit of ash and tar. Less coastal and
      more direct. Maybe a drop or two of water will open it up. (with water)
      Much the same across the board, but now the peaty characteristics (tar
      and bog) take up the lead a little more, with flashes of the wine and
      fruit flitting in and out.
    • Finish
      Big and rich. It doesn't pull any punches. It's a peculiar mix, and it
      times it's rather disjointed between the different elements, but I do
      like the peat and I do like the Sauternes influence. It's really a lot
      of fun, and that's why we're here.

  39. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  40. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Comus truly is a further stage to the 02.1. A few more years and that could become the stuff dreams are made of.

    As I wrote in my note for the 02.1:

    Don´t water it down too much!! This malt lives and dies with its alcohol strength. If you don´t wanna enjoy it neat, then only add a few drops of water. Otherwise you will rob yourself of a truly sledgehammer experience.
    • Nose
      I´m tasting it parallel to the Octomore 02.1. 

      In comparison to the the 02.1 this one is not as aggressive in the nose. The Sauternes casks clearly take some of the aggressiveness away, as well as some peat. Although the Comus got more ppm as the 02.1, it appears to be less peated. Instead there is the typical Sauternes sweetness and fruitiness right from the beginning. Quite surprising. The peat is not as medicinal as the 02.1. Also it smells a little moldy (which is not ment negatively), as I know it from Longrow for instance. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and mouthcoating. Takes a while for the alcohol to kick in. The fruitiness is a nice counterpart for the peat. There is also some oak, dark chcolate and licorice.
    • Finish
      Powerful, long finish. Little bitter (because of the youth), but not as much as the 02.1. It stays sweet, becoming a little dry at the very end.

      I could give it a hundred points just for the finish. LOVE IT!

  41. MrBoazack scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Impressive for 5 years. Good product but its price is insane. I prefer to take 2 Uigeadail and a Revival 15 years =) I really like this dessert, but small dose!
    • Nose
      Octomore advertised very peaty (and expensive). I rinsed my mouth at Port Charlotte to prepare for those 61 degrees. The attack of peat? I thought I'd sink in the swamps. We are more on old rum (it looks like Malecon 18 years old) with a little smoke. Need aeration. Not sensational.
    • Taste
      Superb. The 61 degrees explode in the mouth. It is very fat, very buttery. A little biscuit Lu. A sherry print, cocoa butter. Salted butter caramel. Citrus zest. Ultra greedy, it's a liqueur! I think that beyond 2cl per person, it is cons completely sickening.
    • Finish
      A pleasant and persistent smoke. Still these creamy notes and candied citrus.

  43. Igor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet-scented. Earth, peat, moisture, latte, almonds, walnuts, coconut, scalded cream, vanilla, shortbread.
    • Taste
      Warming. Nectar of flowers, smoke, clementines, tangerines, jam tarts.
    • Finish
      Hot zest, citrus, peat reek, brine/sea water, orange blasts.

  44. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      In the nose it is moderate, rich, sweet and soft. The viscosity of the
      Sauternes brings nice balance in the
      powerful tones of peat.
      Then tones of leather,
      tobacco, salty waves of the sea and aromas of fruit upward.

       
    • Taste
      In the mouth it has a nice combination of peat and smoke,
      with tones of French oak with the rozijnachtige botrytis tones of the Premier Cru Supérieur Sauternes with hints of fruit.

  45. Furtia scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  46. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Wine finishes are often hit and miss, but this one is bulls eye! Between
    120 and 150 EUR. Very good, but also very expensive.
    • Nose


      Compared to the Ochdamh-mor, this one is a sissy. A bit of smoke and a
      bit of peat (while the level of ppm is again 167), but mostly fresh on apricots
      and sultanas. Quite some freshly mowed grass and even some warm apple pie.
      Smoldering hearth.
    • Taste


      It is oily and mouth coating on the palate, but not a kick in the teeth.
      Very sweet from the Sauternes. Sultanas, apricots, citrus zest and even some
      peaches from a can. The typical Octomore traits surface midpalate with a hefty
      helping of peat and some oyster juice. Adding water makes is more accessible
      (doh!), if not better.
    • Finish


      The finish is long, smoky and sweet.

  47. Alex scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Strong peat (as expected), quite oily and a bit too sweet for my liking. Not overly complex and a rather short finish. Still very interesting and unique in it`s style. 

  48. Ralph Hiltrup scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Producer`s NotesColour
    Golden honey/ripe barley.
    Body
    Medium weight and well defined for a young
    islander. The texture is rich, sweet and mellow and the viscosity of the
    sauterne brings balance to the power of the peat. This is a most
    sophisticated octomore and it`s kind of unbelievable to see "the beast"
    tamed a little!
    Nose
    The opening is a beautiful combination of
    peat smoke, bracken, leather, tobacco pouches, bog-myrtle & briny
    waves. Then little twists of home-made mint toffee enter the system as
    do the nutty notes from the oaks - both french and american. And so the
    dance goes on but where is the french beauty? She waits patiently on the
    fringes then at exactly the right moment she makes her entrance from
    the epicentre of the spirit bringing aromatics and flavour the young
    Ileach could only dream about. It`s a brilliant engagement to
    experience. From deep in her soul she commits to this amazing
    relationship, the aromatics relay the message to the waiting taste buds
    to expect a whole new experience. The Grand Cru Sauterne flavours of
    pear syrup, plump bursting grapes, guava, passion fruits and cantaloupe
    with a dusting of icing sugar; you have to wonder just how surreal this
    is, a super heavy peated spirit being seduced by the delectable classic
    french beauty - passion changes everything!
    Palate
    It`s absolutely outrageous, the coming
    together of flavours so far removed from each other you would think it
    would be a disaster but once again we stand in awe of imagination and
    the courage to take the consumer on this incredible journey of
    discovery. The kaleidoscope of aromatics transcends beautifully onto the
    palate which is going crazy with excitement. The smoke is the perfect
    foil for the Sauternes; this is Bruichladdich at its best, walking on the
    wild side, bringing pleasure and excitement to those who have that
    sense of adventure and passion that comes only from people who are
    totally committed to tradition, yet fearless in their search for the
    ultimate dram.
    Finish
    This love affair should never have
    happened but it has and we are witness to its enchantment, passion and
    joyfulness as the flavours linger long into the night, ending on a drift
    of peat smoke and the marine magic that is truly Islay.

  49. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here:

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/whisky-meets-wine-2-torfbombe-octomore-4-2-comus-aus-dem-weinfass-21556/

  50. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice marriage of seemingly contradictory elements. The best Octomore I've tried so far.
    • Nose
      Tarry and smoky, although the peat blast may not be as heavy as expected (we say this every time we try an Octomore, don't we?). This is because there's an equally important biscuity sweetness. Quite some thick fruity notes as well (apricots, grapes). A heathery, grassy, herbal theme too. Added complexity and balance compared to previous expressions.
    • Taste
      Oily and very grapey I must say. Pear syrup, tinned peaches. It's easy to recognize the Sauternes. Mixed with tar liqueur, burnt grass and medicinal notes, the combination works very well.
    • Finish
      Long, on sweet lemon and peat.

       

  51. Hemi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  52. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: The beginning is a wonderful symphony of peat smoke, ferns, leather, tobacco pouches, swamp myrtle and salty waves. This is followed by homemade mint toffee and the nutty notes of the oak - both French and American. Palate: In the highest scandalous, this union of such different flavors! They are so far apart that it seems their clash would end in chaos. But as so often we stand there, frozen in awe of the imagination and courage that has enabled us to embark on this incredible journey of discovery. The kaleidoscope of flavors beautifully transports to the palate, almost maddening with excitement. Sweet Sauternes, wrapped in a cloak of smoke - that's Bruichladdich at his best! A fall into the adventure, a kick for anyone who shares that sense of risk and passion reserved for those who are totally devoted to tradition - fearless in their search for the ultimate whisky. There is dancing, but where is the French beauty? She waits patiently on the edge, until she comes into the limelight at exactly the right time. From the epicenter of the whisky, it produces flavors of which the young Ileach had previously only dreamed and gives himself with body and soul to this amazing relationship. The aromas bring the taste buds the message of a completely new experience. The influence of the Grand Cru Sauternes reminiscent of pear syrup, plump, ripe grapes, guavas, passion fruit and melons, all covered by a fine layer of powdered sugar. A super-hungry islander is seduced by a lovely, classic French beauty - that's absolutely surreal, but true passion knows no bounds! Finish: This love affair should never have happened, but it does. And we are witnesses of their magic, their passion and joy. The aromas linger far into the night and are finally carried away by a hint of peat smoke and the magic of Islay. (Houseofsinglemalts)

  53. Norbs scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    In my opinion there's no need for Octomore to try and outdo the 167ppm. This is more than enough, let the aim now be the taste. So work on the nuances, not on records.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, clay, leather, little of tobacco. Light hints of citrusfruit, though far away.
    • Taste
      First an explosion, a bomb of peat. After this (if you're still alive) the Sauternes does it's job, with tones of fruits (citrus, pear, apricot). Adding some water gives a better balance between the peat and fruit.
    • Finish
      I would've expected it to last longer, actually I'm a bit surprised that the effects of the explosion worked out this fast.

  54. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  55. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Chateau D’Yquem limited edition 2012 release of the most heavily peated malt whisky in the World. This time notching up 167 PPM.
    Matured in ex-bourbon followed by double maturation in premier cru superior sauternes casks.

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