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Octomore Edition 07.3 / 169

Overall rating
88.60/100
votes
345
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ochdamh-mòr
Vintage
2010
Bottled
11-12.2015
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels & Ribera del Duero Wine Casks
Strength
63.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L/150354 + L/150388, 15/292
Barcode
5055807404891
Bottled for
between 25.11.2015 and 16.12.2015
Added on
28 Sep 2015 5:03 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 205.69

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 07.3 / 169

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points

  1. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    a great experience, but should be the last dram of the evening because other flavors barely have any chances
    • Nose
      intense sweet peat smoke after a cold campfire, fruity notes and citrus aromas behind, a little barrel flavor and always the light freshness of the alcohol in the nose
    • Taste
      with a quite heavy body for a whisky of this kind and first of all a decent chili catch, the smoke spreads out in the fabulous mouth and still has a nice sweetness, after some time in the mouth the cask comes through with spice but without tannins
    • Finish
      extremely long, even teeth cleaning does not stop him, spicy barrel and above all the wonderful dry smoke, some dryness remains

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Freshly opened bottle, I will adjust if I notice big changes as it gets some air. The nose is bold, aggressive, hot, unapologetic, but then when you take a sip - a totally different beast. Buttery, oily, almost creamy mouthfeel. A shocking transition. You feel the abv on the nose, but not nearly as much in the mouth.

    Water turns it fishy, mechanical and plastic-y. I prefer without. Brings out a few herbal notes from the wine cask too. Totally changes the lovely mouthfeel and finish though.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Instantly - Mezcal. Blind, that would be my first impression. Very sharp and clean vegetal Peat. Very strong nose, you know it’s high abv. Popcorn cooked in oil, a very hot fire, some soot and hot ash, agave, aloe Vera. Not overly sweet, just a gentle underlying sweetness. Tiger balm definitely.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Surprisingly buttery, popcorn again, oily and great mouthfeel, tar, agave, aloe, mentol, lemon candy. Water takes away the lovely mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, smokey, tar, the stamp of bruichladdich minerals, lots of lemony citrus, tarry peat. Big and bold.

  3. Bomshanka scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    This is a brutal murder laid bare. Visceral and bloody but presented as a Sherlock Holmes by Jeremy Brett; bombastic, abrupt, angular, immensely deep and utterly charming. Compared to anything else at this age this is large - like an elegant boxer knocking you out.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Warm cooked fruit, nuts on open bonfire, sizzling bacon and green bellpeppers together on a cast iron pan. Sweet smoked flowers.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Primary colours. Strong yellow moving into red mellowing out in purple with shades of fresh green. Left right and center, you get punched, and yet there is a subtle elegance to the show.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Fat fierce and lingering. Like having bitten a good chunk off a piece of honeyroasted spicy chicken that fell into the ashes of the bonfire where it was cooked. Powerful and a little disturbing.

  4. holborndrinker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Although one of the most heavily peated whiskies going the end product is like a smooth lapsang - it dances on the tongue and is well worth supping.  Try before you die - you'll die with a smile on your chops (unless you're in a car crash or some similarly traumatic event).
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. the_muskox scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Oh man, that’s good. I really can’t pick out very much wine cask influence here, but I can’t say that I’m missing it. The balance of smoke, sweetness, spice, and funk is right on. I thought at first that the funk would take over, but 5 sips in and everything falls into place. I love those big ginger and, uh, bagel notes. The punch of flavour is so intense, but at the same time it’s remarkably drinkable at a blazing 63% ABV. Just beautifully put-together.

    I couldn’t figure out if it was better than 9.3, so I did the natural thing and poured a small glass of 9.3 to compare. 7.3 is definitely sweeter, less winey, and “lighter”, not so much in texture and intensity, but without as much heavy char and dark earth notes as the 9.3. I think 7.3 might edge it out by a hair, but that could honestly change day-to-day. Everyone wins.

    Nose: Rich peat, but with a soft sweet side. Let’s do the rich peat first: pungent, coastal, slightly medicinal. Some dried mushrooms, yeast, worn leather, maybe even some chicken bouillon. Savoury spices – lots of sweet paprika. And the sweet: Vanilla marshmallows, ginger, and demerara sugar. Some very soft ripe fruits: peach, apple, banana cream pie, rose petals. Some tangy yogurt, topped with honey, nuts, and raisins. Or maybe a charred Montreal-style sesame seed bagel with cream cheese and roasted red peppers. The ghost of a chocolate milkshake in the nearly-empty glass.

    Palate: Oily texture. Tropical fruit and honey up front. Intense sooty and peppery smoke, with an underlying tartness of lemon juice, followed by a wave of barley sugar. Intense honey, ginger, pineapple, black pepper, and smoked chili on the development. Some teriyaki-glazed pork, along with smoked cheese and sourdough. Briny and earthy on the back end, with plenty of limestone, graphite, barnyard, cigarette smoke, and some fresh herbs. Some wine gums and yellow plums as well.

    Finish: Big and honeyed. Black pepper, sesame seeds, hoisin, vanilla, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, and sweetened black tea. More dried smoked chilis and barnyard. Some lime zest, peach, and ripe pineapple. Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and fresh ginger.

  7. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Usl1978 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Simply good.
    Have already tried the Octomore twice and is a real treat every time!
    Priced a bit expensive for my taste.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Just smoky ......;)
      Free your nose from all other smells.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Peat smoke, a taste explosion on the tongue!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long lasting peat taste and the alcohol has something too.

  10. tangtang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    diluted tasted a very complex and intense malt. Undiluted, I find it too strong. But it has enough potential to dilute and can then absolutely convince.
    • Nose
      Smoky, sweet with peach, spices, floral and maritime notes, vanilla and coffee
    • Taste
      a lot of smoke and a lot of malt, barley, spices, oak, sues, later maritime salty with ginger
    • Finish
      Long smoky with malt and barley, a little salty

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