Octomore Futures I

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ochdamh-mor 80.5ppm
Stated Age
05 years old
Bourbon Cask / Buffalo Trace
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 nov 2008 4:41 pm

Average value

€ 340.23

28 × in wishlist

115 × member ratings

485 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Octomore Futures I

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.59 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very solid beginning of Octomore, it is not necessarily complex, but above average for such a young spirit.
    • Nose
      The first smell is significantly more bare smoke than typical Octomore, which later will be noticed with very concentrated smoke tips, but then evaporates, becomes vegetable, zucchini, green peppers, autumn leaves, sour bread, salami
    • Taste
      Also noticeable zucchini, green peppers, damp leather, olives, rye bread, wax, fish oil, damp algae and small brine, fresh oak chips
    • Finish
      White grapefruit, autumn leaves, roasted malt, olives, medium to long

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  3. Longinus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I love how people are comparing this negatively to more recent Octomores, that’s like comparing the first iPhone to the most recent one, utterly ridiculous. But, if it keeps the flippers and collectors away from an original bottling. I’m tempted to give this a 65 for sh!ts & giggles, but it’s just to damn good for that.

    The very first Octomore. Before the fancy bottle and X.1.2.3 etc came this venerable beauty. A masterpiece of creative craftsmanship that was never sold at retail.

    It’s young & feisty and perhaps not the better for having been watered down, but for all that, as a first stab at a new breed of super heavily peated whisky this was exceptional, especially considering the time. Remember, this isn’t a recent creation, this was distilled nearly 20 years ago now.

    If you see this at auction, walk away, don’t spend your money, this is an original bargain to be savoured by all those who already have a bottle and forgotten about by those who don’t. If you’re coming to this hoping for a raw experience from the dawn of the Octomore dynasty you will be disappointed.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The first smell is a sign of what Octomore was to become. It’s a more raw smoke with less of the burnt meats that will come to signify Octomore. Much more Laphy like, but with a softness you don’t get from Laphy 10CS. It becomes vegetal briefly, think overcooked sprouts and then it fades to brine and seaweed.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Taste: Slightly vegetal at first, someone else said they think this comes from the BT casks, that’s a good call. It fades for me quite quickly and a wonderfully soft and complex seaside scene presents itself. Slaty sea air, damp rope, algae and brine are all present. Overlaid with a lovely zesty citrus note.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Finish: It’s not long, heavily toasted malt, that brine makes a reappearance and there’s a peppery note in the finish that I absolutely love.

  4. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well, not the usual Octomore expression you would think of. The vegetables notes are from the Buffalo Trace cask for sure. In a blind tasting I would have mistaken this malt for a peated Buffalo Trace. Bruichladdich, how dare you!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 4/10
    • Nose
      Cabbage with gentle smoke, citrus, some other vegetables, vanilla, modeling clay (oh yes!).
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, citrus, some vegetables lingering around.
    • Finish
      Long. Ashy vegetabeles (quite harmonic, even if it sounds like soup with cigaret.)

  6. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced.
    More drinkable of several version too invasive cask strength editions

  7. mnljng scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Foamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good starter to an Octomore tasting, but this is its only use. Comrades Futures II, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 and 2002 10yo are in a much different league.

    Still a good standard peaty whisky, but not at todays prices.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. helmutgw scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: gets rounder, but nothing new
    30.10.2017 72
    • Nose
      closed, a little smoke
    • Taste
      Salmiak, sweet, phenol and sharpness are coming
    • Finish
      medium, phenol and sharpness in the foreground

  11. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice Malt, but I had better Octomore.
    • Nose
      First, a peat smoke strikes. Then come along with citrus fruits maritime, salty notes, but also a certain Pfeffrigkeit. I also smell carnations.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, citrus fruits and maritime notes are confirmed.
    • Finish
      The spicy taste of cloves stays in the neck for a long time with a nice pepperiness. Likewise the smoke.

  12. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    # Blind tasting
    Reminiscent of the Laphroaig 10y CS, but wilder and immature. I would not have thought blind to an Octomore.
    • Nose
      Violent peat smoke, juniper, liquorice, a subtle sweetness, something medical. The nose screams Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      Very strong, but pure edible, a nice sweetness, slightly vanilla, but also a lot of peat smoke, licorice, herbaceous, spicy.
    • Finish
      long peat smoke, medicinal, juniper, slightly herbaceous, but rather less oak, but much dry smoke.

  13. Oranje81 did not rate this whisky Member Junior


  14. getz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The very first Octomore bottling produced for public sale by Jim McEwan which at the time was the most heavily peated Whisky in the world at 80.5 PPM. This is now a very collectable bottle which we rarely come across and it essential if your trying to obtain a complete Octomore set

  15. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smoky and fruity aroma, pear, green apple, vanilla and malt. Vanilla sweet taste, smoke, malt, lime, pepper and orange juice. Long, smoky, spicy and malty end.

  16. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  17. The Macallan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasted this as a `work in progress` that was in 2003 in Limburg during a Murray McDavid dinner. The legendary Jim McEwan was our host for that evening and, the very lsat sample was an octomore at 6 months old at 80.5 ppm. I have to say that, that particular sample was a little bit to much of everything. It can ruin the wonderfull aftertaste of a 1970 Bruichladdich, so becarefull with these smokey high phenol malt whiskies.

  18. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Octomore = peatmonster, and I like peatmonsters alot, so I like this whisky..
    • Nose
      It's just smoke here, and lots of it.. But you can feel that this is a young whisky, no deep flavors here..
    • Taste
      A lot of peat, seaweed etc. So young, so wild, so drinkable..
    • Finish
      Medium long finish, peaty and a little bitter.

  19. magic_slim scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Disappointing compared to the cask strength version of Octomore. I am really a peat freak but I can not recommend this one.
    • Nose
      After pouring a dram in a glass there is an immediate smell of peat in the room. Powerful and peaty (smoke, smoked tea, medicinal). Camphor and peppermint chewing gum.
    • Taste
      Oily, tar, creosote - an unpleasant and bitter kind of peat. Diluted and very obviously lacking the power of the cask strength version. New wood. Tastes like a very young whisky that should better have stayed for some more years in the cask.
    • Finish
      Medium long and peaty. The unpleasant aromas have disappeared.


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