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Octomore Edition 06.3 / 258

Overall rating 343 votes 88.63

102 × in wishlist

Member rates

1408 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

62 Notes

edhunter15
Member Senior edhunter15 Tasting note
11 Oct 2017 1:22 pm
edhunter15 gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Anders als man erwarten könnte, wird man zu Beginn nicht von einer starken Rauchnote erschlagen, sondern es zeigt sich zunächst eine intensive warme süße Malzigkeit und trockenes Roggenschrot, gefolgt von Aromen, die an einen herbstlichen feuchten Laubboden mit Bucheckern und Eicheln erinnern. Dazu kommen leicht muffige Wildaromen (Wildwaldgehege). Dann zeigt sich auch ein süßer erdiger Rauch, der sich jedoch den anderen Aromen eher unterordnet. Nach wenigen Minuten nimmt die Süße etwas zu und es kommen warme Noten von Dampfnudeln mit Vanillesoße, heiße Maronen, Lebkuchen und würzigen Waldhonig. Auch fruchtige Aromen (fruchtig süßer Weißwein, Birnen) und süffig süßes Weißbier kommen jetzt. Im Hintergrund nehme ich außerdem etwas Zedernholz und Aromen wie in einem alten staubigen Oldtimer mit Ledersitzen und Holz-Armaturenbrett war.

Nach dem ersten Schluck ist der Rauch kaum noch wahrnehmbar. Es zeigen sich jetzt deutliche würzige Vanille, etwas helle Schokolade, kandierte Aprikosen und eine starke Matetee-Note.

Taste

Der Antritt ist sehr kraftvoll und voluminös, ohne dass der hohe Alkoholgehalt scharf oder betäubend wirkt (eher ein cremiges Mundgefühl). Dabei zeigen sich süßer intensiver Waldhonig, erdig holziger Rauch, süffig süßes Bier und Vollkorn-Roggenbrot mit viel Aprikosenmarmelade.

Finish

Auch hier dominieren süße Aprikosenmarmelade, Vollkornbrot, dass nach langem Kauen süß wird und Lebkuchen mit Orangeat. Am Ende bleiben etwas Eiche, aromatische Getreidenoten und ein dezenter erdiger Rauch.

->Lang und intensiv

Comments

 Bor, was ein Brett…was für ein intensives Geschmackserlebnis. Dieser Octomore bietet für mich genau das, was ich mir unter einem kraftvollen jungen Ex-Bourbon-Raucher vorstelle: Eine intensive Portion aus süßen Getreidenote, voluminösen hellen Fruchtnoten, Vanille, einem interessanten Rauch und einem gewissen eigenen Charakter. Dabei mutiert er mit 258ppm nicht zu einem eindimensionalen Rauchmonster, sondern zeigt ein sehr komplexes Aromenspektrum mit einer enormen Kraft und Intensität.

Segens
Expert Senior Segens Tasting note
03 Oct 2017 6:15 pm
Segens gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

sweet honey smoke with a bit of malt and after a while a decent barbecue sauce flavor.

Very complex and funny as you always try to put your nose through this peat curtain to find out what's behind.

Taste

not so much to describe as I have mainly smoke and sweetness which can be malt or honey. But this up and down in the mouth which is like a little fight between the extrema is very enjoyable.

Finish

very long and nice finish which remains for several seconds.

Comments

The first time I had this dram in my glass it was "just" a 88 but it is interesting to get the different facets and time is something very important for this dram. Very special as so smoke heavy but still very sweet. Nice one, no doubt!

dram_on
Member Senior dram_on Review note
22 Sep 2017 3:44 am
dram_on gave this whisky 89 points

Color: pure 24K gold, I think I can see my reflection

Legs: damn fine, slow coming down, it's like looking at the legs of a model

Nose: sweet yet “heavy” honey, slightly burnt rubber tires, brine, citrus, dry dirt, pennies, almonds

Palate: massive heat punch, medium oily, a hint of lemon and honey, crazy smoke, mineral-y, caramel

Finish: fairly long, lemony, still has warm after-taste after downing, medicinal note kicks in, ash tray

UpdateSaved comment: I'm on my second bottle and it has really grown on me, the entire experience is just so much better albeit it doesn't quite make it to a 90, increased from an original 88 to an 89

Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
92
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
80
Presentation
88
Wilco
Expert Junior Wilco Review note
18 Aug 2017 11:57 pm
Wilco gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
89
squaadgras
Connoisseur squaadgras Review note
25 Jul 2017 10:16 pm
squaadgras gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
89
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
05 Jul 2017 11:32 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 89 points

This is better with water, but overall if you like peat, this is one you have to try.

I thought the mouthfeel with water was just right an you would not guess it was 64%.

More refined than I was expecting

Weighted Rate
89.4
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
88
Presentation
88
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
05 Jul 2017 11:57 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Lie putting your face in a rock pool full of seaweed, brine and burning wood smoke. Notes of smoked ham and cheese,

Taste

Thick creamy peat, like a very chewy syrup but there is some bitterness at first. I get some stem ginger, dark orange liqueur and pastry.

Some fruit notes emerge with a little pecan pie and right at the end some cheese notes like an Ardbeg.

Finish

Long and chewy

Comments

With water:-

No change on the nose but the palate is much creamier and much better, lovely with a little water.

n acquired taste but I liked this one. 

schero
Expert Senior schero Tasting note
05 Jul 2017 12:06 am
schero gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Zunächst dieser unverkennbare, leicht britzelnde aber extrem süß wirkende Rauch, darunter sehr malzig und unverkennbarer Laddie-Rauch, ich denke die ganze Zeit an blühende Gerste, die Früchte kommen wie Stachelbeeren daher, was sicher am Rauch liegt, dann eine Mischung aus Zitrusfrucht und Autoreifen, mit der Zeit kommt ihr ausgebrannte Holzkohle dazu

Taste

Sehr viel Druck aufgrund des Rauchs, aber die malzige Süße hält gut dagegen, ich glaube Eiche zu spüren, bin mir aufgrund des dominanten Rauchs aber nicht sicher, durchaus cremig und natürlich auch pfeffrig

Finish

Schöner süßer und rauchiger Abgang mit viel Druck und einer leichten Eichenbitterkeit, die zusammen mit dem Rauch die Süße lange im Mund gefangen nimmt

Comments

... und mit der Zeit wird er wirklich immer besser. Man nehme alles, was ich geschrieben hab und vermenge es.

Trinker sind Weltretter My Collection
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

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