Octomore Edition 06.3 / 258

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley - Lorgba Field, Octomore Farm
Stated Age
05 years old
Number of bottles
64.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Oct 2013 10:23 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 407.35

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 06.3 / 258

99 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.13 points

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Terrific! Rarely had a whisky that is so intense and smooth at the same time. I'm blown away. Taken by surprise. In ecstasy. 93 fantastic points.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Heavy smoke. Phenolic and intense. Cold. Pungent. Burnt ash. First it stays like that for a moment. Then a great honey sweetness creeps in. Sweet biscuits with burnt ground. Sweet vanilla. Some mild citrus is in the background. Herbs are still there, which I can not quite grasp. And now, in fact, comes some spicy processed cheese, as Laddie has so often with me. The smoke is going back.

      Water: Grapefruit is now visible. The overall impression remains. The seasoning is more discreet.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Sweet first. Then the smoke moves to it. The alcohol is very well integrated. Tingling and extremely voluminous. I seldom had that. Sweet and spicy, the entire mouth is filled. Cookie dough. Honey. Processed cheese here too. After swallowing, more of the mail goes off. Everything sticks in the mouth. Creamy. Sweet.

      Water: Not quite as strong at start, almost soft. The smoke gets a bit stronger and gets a bit ashy.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The smoke remains long and sweet in the mouth and throat. A honey-like film remains in the cheeks.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2020] It is quite a long time ago I had my last peat monster so I decided to try this Octomore (thanks VVP!)...

    ...and still these extremely spiked drams do not really please my taste buds. It is an interesting experience to have one from time to time but I doubt I will ever buy a bottle. One for the extreme-peat-heads out there, only.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers the trademark peaty-wooden profile of all Octomore. Completely unbalanced with the malt aromas hardly to identify under the wall of the two dominating flavours. But this is what this dram is designed for, and it works obviously. Either you like such spiked profiles or not - I rather prefer balanced drams.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is barley sugary sweet with massive peaty and firm wooden flavours. The malt itself shows a rather immature profile but this is covered by the peat and wood, luckily. After some chewing the flavours integrate better but still it stays an underaged dram with too many muscles (imagine a boy child with a bodybuilder's physique) which is a little bit obscene.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is hot but turns quickly into a satisfying warming and coating effect without distracting moments. A pretty good arrival, no doubt. The finish is long and adds more barley sugary notes which are welcomed to soothe the bitter peaty and wooden flavours. Water releases chalky-mineral-ashy aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste, somewhat. I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A bit of an epiphany for me since I’m not really an octomore fan. Really good. Best Octomore I’ve had. The creamy, buttery mouthfeel at 5 years and 64% is quite shocking actually. I can’t think of anything quite like it. I would consider going higher for a score, but need to spend more time with it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Brown butter, tar, hot, asphalt, bold.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, lemon peat, creamy, great mouthfeel, salty, sea spray, nori.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Brown butter, oily, really rich, salty and sweet, lemon icing, tarry.long and satisfying

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ... and over time he is getting better and better. Take everything I've written and mix it up.
    • Nose
      First this unmistakable, slightly slinky but extremely sweet-looking smoke, including very malty and unmistakable Laddie smoke, I think all the time of flowering barley, the fruits come as gooseberries, which is sure because of the smoke, then a mixture of citrus fruit and car tires In time, her burned out charcoal comes along
    • Taste
      A lot of pressure due to the smoke, but the malty sweetness is good against it, I think oak felt, but I'm not sure because of the dominant smoke, quite creamy and of course peppery
    • Finish
      Beautiful sweet and smoky Departure with a lot of pressure and a slight oak bitterness, which together with the smoke takes the sweetness long in the mouth

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    I loved the 06.2, this is even better.

    Not your everyday dram, but what a challange to the senses.
    • Nose
      92 92
      smoke, peat, peat,peat...

      when you get through the initial boldness there are lots of sweetness and some lemon, very nicely balanced.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Without water the alcohol of course make it very peppery, then the smoke and peat so thick it feels like you have to chew it, a little salty and surprisingly also quite some bittersweet fruit.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Herbs and spices, some sweet chocolat notes before the peat take over again, it covers the mouth and stays for ages.

  6. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Guess what on the nose in the first place? Peat! But with a lot of wealth as well, like from an older whisky. Subtle fruity notes, grilled meats, typical Bruichladdich cereals, hints of lemon. On the palate, explosive (you surprise me 64%!), But also sweet, spicy, peat-ball. Liquoreux elsewhere. A few drops of water (OK, a little more than a few drops) reveal plum. Enthusiasm 4/5

  7. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Extremely sweet smoke mixes at the beginning with intense malt aromas, slightly grassy earthy notes and many bright fruits. Only two short questions remain: Where is the enormously strong alcohol of 64 (!)%? Where are the brutal-looking 258ppm smoke content? Unbelievable how elegant the nose of the Octomores can hide the extraordinary frame data. Plenty of vanilla, caramel, freshly cut apples, lemon juice, orange peel, red grapes and subtle herbal notes gradually pour out of my glass. A touch of wood and maritime-mineral notes linger in the background.
    • Taste
      How good is the drop please pure drinkable? Very oily, almost silky soft and mouth-lining without end. Ample smoke and sweetness I perceive in the first moments, the tip of the tongue tingles to a pleasant extent. I do not add water. Campfire smoke with earthy undertones and a massive sweetness of honey, vanilla and plenty of caramel set a wonderful focus. Sweet cherries, oranges, bright tropical fruits, salt, various herbs, a little chocolate and delicate woody notes complete the multi-faceted aroma festival. Hard to believe how (relatively) mild and harmonious this drop sticks to the palate. Wonderful!
    • Finish
      Extremely long, sweet and spicy and strong smoke. The sweet smoke is now showing its most intense side. The sweet fruit notes with vanilla and caramel gradually turn into heavier notes. Salty chocolate, many herbs, mineral hints, subtle oak wood and beautiful smoke (cold ashes) provide a brilliantly rounded end.

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    This is my second bottle and just like the first one two years ago, fantastic!

    The noise is light peat with soft fruit and sweetness. Not overly complex not a lot of depth, just nice.

    The palate on the other hand is awesome! Sweet thick cooked smoked pineapple, with raisins, marmalade and smoked vanilla that lingers with a bit of soot. 

    The palate is not overly complex, but WOW what a whisky! And at only 5 years old Very rich and rewarding. Almost no burn. No water needed.

    If you like high impact from your dram, this one will do the trick. Well worth the price. In fact, it's a very high value scotch.

    Note: this puppy needs oxidation; it's a 88 right out of the bottle but develops beautifully after 4-6 weeks of sitting. The wait is well worth it.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. Arquebus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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

  10. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Smoked bacon, maple syrup, hay, farmyard, oily and buttery, also orchard fruits (90p)
    TASTE: Sweet, strong, intense, a lot of sweet peat, sugary and even some yellow fruit salad. (91p)
    FINISH: Sweet, a little white and black pepper, ginger. Medium short finish. (88p)
    OVERALL: Sooty, ashy, sweet, intense if not very complex. A lovely uber-peated malt driven whisky. Total score 90 points.


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