Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Côte-Rôtie La Mouline Wine Casks
65.4 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
30 jun 2015 6:54 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 322.45

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Oc1 SMS

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.64 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very own, but also very cool Octomore, which often stand out, but that was probably so far. the most special one I had.
    • Nose
      Very special at first, clove, cumin, capers, later balsamic, black bread, cinnamon, antiseptic cream, tarragon, bandages
    • Taste
      Strawberry chewing gum, olives, capers, pumpernickel, campfire, bacon, balsamic vinegar, pine nuts, nutmeg, black pepper, kitchen herbs, blueberries to the rear
    • Finish
      Very cinnamon-heavy here, which I love, nutmeg, star anise, disinfectant, long

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  3. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The fire of Islay combined with sunlight from the banks of the Rhône - definitely a tasty experience. Click here for a detailed review: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/06/30/aus-den-weinbergen-islays/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Notes from Serge Valentin:

    Five stars

    Of course, we have no dead proof that ‘Oc’ means Octomore. Could mean ‘Och, this is whisky’… Ah, yeah, about it being NAS. Well, that’s no big deal when the spirit just cannot be old anyway! When did they start to make Octomore, again? 2002? 2003? Colour: gold. Nose: as always, you’d think Octomore isn’t that peatier than Port Charlotte when you try them in a row. This must be a story of perceived peatiness, tired olfactory bulb, or something. But what’s sure is that this is pretty brilliant coastal whisky, full of brine, seawater, cigars, damp earth, beach sand after a heavy shower, perhaps even fresh mushrooms… But 1. the very high strength may block a part of the aromas, and 2. Oops, forgot what I wanted to say. With (quite a lot of) water: cows, the fields behind the distillery, marzipan, the engine of an old car, quite a few cigars from our new friend Cuba, an old toolbox, old coins… Mouth (neat): very high impact almondy, gingery peat, with huge almond oil, marzipan, metal polish (-like), salmiak… Probably one of the biggest arrivals I’ve ever encountered. You have to be a good fighter with these drams, or they’ll just do an ippon on you. Be extra-careful! With (quite a lot of) water: rocks and kills. Perfect, nothing to add (who said ‘great’?) Finish: long, thick, oily and creamy, liqueury as far as textures are concerned (they did NOT add any glycerine, I’m sure), and just perfect. Very salty aftertaste. Comments: loved the almondy side, and all the rest. The best orgeat syrup ever! Here’s to you, Mark R.! SGP:548 - 92 points.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    ‘The peatiest whisky in the world’ isn’t a claim to be thrown around lightly, but Oc certainly wins. We didn’t want to solely focus on smoke, and Oc1 was matured in French wine casks that previously held Côte-Rôtie La Mouline. The result is a unique combination of smoke and herbal notes.

    Cask details;
    Côte-Rôtie La Mouline wine casks.

    Tasting Notes;

    Surprisingly restrained at first, but a drop of water unlocks a powerful wave of smoke, with iodine and antiseptic notes. That fades to reveal soft fruit and herbal notes – eucalyptus and menthol.

    A huge blast of peat starts things off, with coastal salinity, smoky malt and cold barbecue pits. Behind the smoke sits a pile of leafy herbs – the eucalyptus from the nose as well as tarragon and thyme – gently smouldering.

    Long and smoky, with well-seasoned herb-crusted barbecued meat slowly fading.

  6. helmutgw scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: the alcohol comes to the fore, the aroma is a bit slanted: extreme smoked bacon + H2O: gets rounder Interesting, away from the Elements of Islay mainstream 06.02.2017 80
    • Nose
      F: dark golden smoky - sweet - fruity, interesting interplay
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated, sweet - smoky, definitely smoked bacon, a matching, fat body
    • Finish
      long, so

  7. Callo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Review Whiskynotes.be ( 13 july 2015)

    Octomore Oc1 (65,4%, Elements of Islay 2015, 50 cl)

    Nose: quite compact and dense, with initial aromas of eucalyptus and medicinal notes of antiseptics and iodine. Brine. Then some sour apples, becoming sweeter with hints of peach and marzipan. Lots of mineral notes, some sourdough as well. Mouth: really heavy peat. I’ve had Octomores that were surprisingly soft but this one is rather gobsmacking. Very ashy, barbecued and sharp, again with a slight yeasty side and lots of herbal notes, like gentian, ginger and burnt thyme. Salty notes too, bread crust and chili heat. Hints of lemon. Finish: long, thick, warm and smoky, with a sweet herbal edge.

    This is a version of Octomore in which the peat is big and powerful, but it gets away with it by adding lots of sweetness and some herbal notes too. Very good but pretty expensive compared to the official bottlings (around € 250 for 50 cl). Available from TWE.

    Score: 88/100

  8. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A winner. Especially with water. Its only drawback would be its price :-)

    Tasted at Whisky Live Paris 2015.
    • Nose
      Actually not that peaty. Of course there's peat, quite a lot in fact, but it does not smells like an extreme peat monster. Other than that, it's quite powerfull, maritime with seabreeze and earthy. Water helps deceling more aromas, with now metalic sides, becomes also more vegatal with some seeweed.
    • Taste
      Bang ! Powerfull, maybe even too much, this is taking your mouth is hostage with a peatgun. Water is almost mandatory here to enjoy the full experience of this beast. So, with water, it's very maritime, salty, but also metalic and vegetal. Perfect body and attack.
    • Finish
      Long and fat. Not leaving your mouth alone before a while. You'd better forget to try something else after this one !


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