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Octomore Edition 06.3 / 258

Overall rating 316 votes 88.44

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54 Notes

Arquebus
Expert Junior Arquebus Note
16 May 2017 10:12 pm
Arquebus gave this whisky 93 points

05 04 15 bottling, bought at distillery in October 2015 (c. £150 a bottle) - largely because of the collectability factor and it being the most highly peated Malt ever. It was also reported to be one of the staff favourites. Opened May 2017. Islay Barley from single local farm. The 'Octomore of Octomores' - Peated to 258ppm - The highest peated malt ever - although 258ppm does not necessarily translate through the distillation process into the finished whisky. Ardbeg / Laphroaig think 40-50 ppm for a comparison.

There's a lot to unpack and process with this malt. It's expensive for a 5yr old malt - marketing hype? It's 64% so not short changed on alcohol.

If you're not into peated malts look/start elsewhere. However, this has local barley provenance ('terroir' - n'est ce pas?), they've put the age statement on the bottle – so nothing to hide. This whisky has had some great reviews - so no 'blind tasting here'... and my expectations are running high ...

Initial notes - two or three tastings combined - bottle open a couple of weeks.

Colour: bright gold.

Nose: to die for...shy at first - but there’s hints and suggestions of all sorts – almost nutty, almost coffee, then a big swell of uber intense sweetness – farmyard notes (see review of the Bruichladdich Renaissance – v similar) moving towards dried apricots as it opens. At first though …like… where’s all the peat gone? The barley, malt, spirit and peat smoke work really well together- almost seamlessly - creating a poised and balanced whisky. The peat – rather than stealing the show takes a gentlemanly second place to the barley – the smoke is perhaps Ardbegian?. Later on, more earthy damp wood notes put a show on – but never taking over. Over time in the glass the vibrancy continues.

Taste: big, elegant, clean as a whistle, salted barley/caramel – as noted in many of the reviews the alcohol spirit is very restrained for 64%.

Finish: big, long lingering – peaty, subtle touches of iodine and medicinal notes. Long long long…

Leaving aside the 'prominent Bruichladdich Malt signature which runs through I am reminded of the Ardbeg Supernova Committee release 2015 that I tried at the time of visiting Bruichladdich. It has the same enormousness. A 57% Port Askaig tried recently – also very good (and a third of the price) was clumsy next to the Octomore in my view.

I’m happy so far without water. With the alcohol so high, I’ve found the temperature has a big effect on the nose. I recommend drinking this outside on a cool day with a clear head. I think keeping the temperature of the glass down may intensify the nose, by reducing the evaporation of the alcohol.

Another 93pts from me


nallacam
Member Junior nallacam Review note
20 Apr 2017 11:01 am
nallacam gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
85
Presentation
88
martinni
Expert Senior martinni Review note
08 Apr 2017 3:33 pm
martinni gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
86
Finish
89
Price
82
Presentation
95
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Dyno
Expert Junior Dyno Note
04 Apr 2017 2:44 pm

after all the raving reviews, i've bought me one... for special occasions only though with this price... holys**t!!!
While I am awaiting delivery i'm all warmed up by the Scotch Test dummies review, the review on whiskyfun by Serge Valentin, who'se comment on water leaves me confused for the first time... allow me to add the following video to this already impressive list  ;)


This guy, Liquorhound, has something to say about adding water to this baby
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oGAT8POjag

can't wait to try it myself!

kot1803
Expert Senior kot1803 Review note
26 Feb 2017 9:48 am
kot1803 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.9
Nose
89
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
92
Price
87
Presentation
88
My Collection My Market
Helgo
Connoisseur Helgo Review note
19 Jan 2017 11:20 am
Helgo gave this whisky 89 points

Braucht Wasser;-) Wahnsinnig komplex für 5yo

Weighted Rate
88.7
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
79
Presentation
88
Christian = Sammelbegriff
Landryn
Expert Senior Landryn Review note
06 Dec 2016 7:26 pm
Landryn gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
91.4
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
91
Presentation
91
spezi1988
Expert Senior spezi1988 Note
01 Dec 2016 7:20 pm
spezi1988 gave this whisky 92 points
Octomore 5y 06.3 64%

Nase: 
Direkt kühlend, grassig / moosig und deutlich würzig. Rauch hält sich schön die Waage. 
Ich spüre etwas ätherische Noten wie Eukalyptus und etwas Minze. 

Gaumen:
Bämmm... So kenn ich ihn. 
Kraftvoll ohne Ende. Sehr viel Würzigkeit. 
Sehr floral mit erdigen und blumigen Noten (Seetang, Algen, Moos). 
Jetzt habe ich noch diese etwas würzigen Waldhonig. Etwas bitteres ist auch noch dabei. Vielleicht etwas grüner Pfeffer? 

Abgang:
Bleibt sehr lang und die Würze scheint überhaupt nicht enden zu wollen. Der Rauch wirkt nie zu dominat und begleitet sehr schön bis zum Ende mit. 

Ein Knaller in Reinkultur! 

Pkt. 92/100
MaltyMillionaire
Expert Senior MaltyMillionaire Tasting note
30 Oct 2016 2:55 am
MaltyMillionaire gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Rich, buttery peat. Farmy. A hint of spice and mild sweetness. 

Taste

Strong, oily arrival. Sweet and rich peat and subtle smoke. Honey, spice, buttery and farmy.

Finish

Long and spicy-sweet. Rich peat and farm notes prevail with a long finish. 

Comments

Fabulous whisky. Powerful but also balanced with sweet and well-mannered peat. Great dram!

Gaija
Expert Junior Gaija Tasting note
29 Oct 2016 11:31 am
Gaija gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Chesse crackers, cork and leather to begin with. Quite a beast. Maraschino cherries in a barn on fire, then tons of various citrus fruits : sweet lemon jelly, bitter grapefruit, pomelo, ... Still very farmy with red cabbage, rotten bananas and tomato concentrate (yes), but also very Islay with driftwood and green pepper. Quite complex !

Taste

Very intense, evaporates on the lips. Smoked oranges and black tea, leather and drity old iron, sloe berry, huge pepper ... Very spicy indeed, with added notes of liquorice, origano and rosemary. There are many notes that hint at a very good aged gin actually.

Finish

sappy and earthy, very drying upon swallowing but soon to come back on sweeter treats like ashy citrus fruits, cinnamon, brown bread, ... seems eternal. Very evolutive : 20 minutes later we're still under notes of burning hay, lavender, and gin indeed.

Comments

Beastily good and a complexity/age ratio unmatched to date.

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