Octomore Edition 07.3 / 169

Overall rating
88.80/100
votes
515
Whiskybase ID
WB72414
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley - Lorgba Field, Octomore Farm
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 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

€ 272.58

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 07.3 / 169

77 users have left 82 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.80 points.

  1. Stouby scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Yellow. Nose: Sweet peat smoke, bacon. Taste: Peat smoke, sweetness, honey, vanilla, iodine. With water it opens up a little, stable note. Finishes slightly acidic and dry, with slightly astringent water. HWS tasting 2.

  2. whisky666 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It starts out exciting and then flattens out at the end. A nice dram to spend a lot of time with. But it is more for fans of peaty whisky with a heavy cask finish. In search of the grail of the Octomore, you will end up digging in vain here.

    Full review in a session of seven Octomore: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/24/eins-null-null-null/

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another very respectable iron fist in a velvet glove. Powerful and smoky, but still elegant, balanced for what it's worth, and the alcohol is integreated very well. 1-2 tea spoons of water open this sucker up, make it oily and even more complex. A clear winner regarding the age. Not worth north of 200 EUR in my book and also could not reach the hights of 6.3 (the 8.3 was very wild, but not elegant and a bit unbalanced imho), but other than that always worth a dram. Recommended!

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock-Dragobrat
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. ailean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Another great Octomore.
    • Nose
      Farmy, fruity peat. Barnyards, subtle smoke, sweet peat, toasted oak.
    • Taste
      Farmy sweet peat arrival. Farmy peat, oak spice, slight smoke, rich honey, barley.
    • Finish
      Long, rich, and spicy. Farmy peat, honey, oak spice, subtle smoke.

  11. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Powerful and straight dram. Not bad indeed
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sour notes of lemon, rustic metal and hawthrone. Salty brine, peat smoke, apricot, sizziling butter cookie, and not to forget the soapiness here. A hint of sweat from distance, and purely milky creamy notes in the emptied glass
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful, intensively sweeeet but also showing te salty, umami (savoury) flavour. Slightly dehydrating at first, but became oily and lubricating with chewing/ mouth-watering effect. Well integrated alcohol. Violet, soaps, sooty and mildly bitter.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very long finjsh. Slightly dry at first, peppery spices, espresso.bitterness, and eternally long floral-soapy notes along with peat smoke, smoked lychee, ashes and soot.

  12. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweetness that seems to fly from processed foods, complexity, octomore's peat and smoke

  13. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Bruichladdich’s Octomore line has quite a cult following, peaty whisky for peat heads seeking the extremes of the craft. This particular one was peated to 169 ppm of peat while malting the barley. Now, depending on various factors which include but are not limited to the cuts you take in the distillation process, you may or may not end up with a peatier whisky than a Laphroaig which is peated at a much lower level during maltings. I think. Please chip in if this is incorrect.

    That said, this is a *very* peaty whisky.

    I found this more complex than some did. There is a richness of layering and fullness in the nose which while not as complex as the favored old greats is still very high, and the notes in the nose are very pleasing.
    • Nose
      91 91
      An active kiln, also tar and the chimney that hasn’t been scrubbed despite years of use for wood fires. So: smoke, heated wood, fire, soot and wood tar and road tar. At the outset too a whiff of pickles and pickled lemons although the pickle aspect sort of fades a bit as it opens in favor of the fruit. Some Trader Joe’s dried apricot in addition to lemon. I get lanolin and a sweet spice like cardamom maybe too, in a different tasting this note was more wet dog and green licorice, cinnamon and eucalyptus. The peat gets intensely medicinal as the nose develops, smoky bandages and iodine. No rubber. It is a bit meaty though and with plenty of caked salt. A bit of wet dog. In a separate tasting I get a little floral aspect, like fox grape flowers in the woods, sweet and subtle. A whiff of skin lotion is the same note but gratefully a supporting role and hard to find.

      As it opens without water further I get sort of a shift to citrus pastries, like a lemon tart or lemon curd pie. The baked pastry plus sweet lemon.

      With water the nose develops. Some sweet peppers, herbaceous gorse, a sort of wet wood smoke develops, an herbal smoke too like burning rosemary or thyme. And the lemons turn to those Lemon Napoleon candies if you have had them.

      With further water, which ultimately I do not recommend as it kills the palate, the lemons turn to beautiful pink grapefruits.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, dried sweetened lemon and apricot, green raisins. smoke and lanolin. Sweet iodine wine. Yes, iodine wine. I don’t know how else to describe it.

      With water a dustier rock pebbly note develops.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medicinal, some thyme or other savory herb and rock dust. The smoke really busts out when you add water, as if you are coating your throat with liquid smoke (I suppose those phenols are not so soluble when you add some water and you are, in fact, coating your throat with liquid smoke). Some herbal oakiness and a bit more bitter with water, which gradually turns to like a balanced acidity white wine note - Chenin?

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Joint86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    First nose: vanilla, fresh wood, fresh varnish, light smoke and sourness. After standing, vanilla and pastries stick out strongly. 22 | 88
    Taste: sharp, powerful, sweetish. Ash and some caramel. Simpler than a nose. 21 | 85
    Finish: medium. Smoky. Pleasant. 21.5 | 86
    Balance: Strongly tilted towards the nose. 21 | 85
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  19. aryehf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting review.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat, burning tyre, tar, salami.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Bonfire smoke, wet wood, salami, red fruits.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, ground black pepper, licorice.

  20. Tastingbros scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/05/05/some-young-octomores/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    We immediately feel the influence of the wine barrels, a satiny, resinous smell on wood and white plum, slightly acidic apple, not to mention a dash of vanilla. With the addition of water, the fruits explode, white grapes, queen-claudes and currants. The smoke is behind, it imposes itself slowly, until it becomes suffocating. It balances out beautifully after a while. Earth, cereals, more wheat than barley. A touch of salt. Sandalwood, Armenian paper. Quite greedy at the end, rum baba, marzipan.
    Very peaty, marshy, spicy palate, pepper and ginger, nutmeg, but the fruits come back quite quickly, juicy plums, conference pears. Very successful finish, long, slightly lemony, dust and dry earth, it is syrupy, a drop of caramel. Coal.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/04/octomore-2010-edition-073-5-yo.html
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. whisky_garage scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is bright, powerful, energetic. Fresh bread, spices, dough, peat, wool, a little berry sweetness, vanilla.
    The taste is bright, sweet, smoky. Vanilla, baked goods, spices, dark chocolate, peat, grapefruit.
    The finish is medium and sweet. Vanilla, dark chocolate, lots of smoke, peat derivatives.

    Conclusion: Great for a five year old whisky, one might say a reference sample among 5 YOs. Very drinkable despite 63% alc ..

  24. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] Another dram which claims to be a peat monster...

    ...but forget about the ppm on the label, this statement is simply marketing BS for two simple reasons: First, just a small fraction of these ppm make their way through all the production processes into the final spirit (so forget about you taste 169 ppm). Secondly, to further increase the ppm score they not just count the phenols that really add to the taste but all phenols available (including phenols that do not have any impact on aromas or flavours at all). So the ppm statement is just about a marketing gag but consumers love it, obviously.

    Now, what is special about this release? Of course it was very special when they did such stuff in the first place, but now it is just more of the very same (and boring to me, sorry folks). This "peatsky" is the same like a "sherrsky" or "woodsky" - simple stuff with one heavy spike that all taste the same regardless of the underlying malt whisky. Nothing wrong with that, except for the price level - but as long as customers buy it like hell they do everything right. Right?
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is rather light at pale straw and the nose offers a shy peaty profile which grows stronger upon breathing after a while. Forget about 169 ppm in your nose, this smells not bolder than 30-40 ppm (according to my olfactory cells, and this maybe exactly what is left of all the phenols after fermentation and distillation). Still this is heavily peated spirit and in that sense completely out of balance, the malt struggles hard to hold its aromas up but it looses miserably. This could be any nose of any heavily peated malt, to be honest.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is peat, peat, peat, some barley sugars, peat, peat, some sugars, peat, wood, peat and so on. Great, if you like to chew bitter peat smoke (Did you ever visit a working peat-fired kiln? Enjoyed the smoke?). Not that good if you don't. I do not, because I prefer balanced drams with more flavours to offer than just bitter smoke. Water tames the peat a little but it does not really release additional interesting aromas or flavours - but where should they come from in a merely five-years old dram? If I search long enough I detect some of the winey flavours but to be honest, I do not enjoy this search.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives very hot and punchy on the palate with a nice coating effect, so the spirit's texture is excellent. Hence the finish is very long but adds no new impressions beside the bitter peaty flavours. This reminds me of the bitter cough medicine of my youth (before they started to sugar-coat all such medicine) - I did not like the medicine back then and I do not like this bitter taste today either. This is a dram for curiosity, not to my enjoyment - but it is absolutely fine if you see this differently. Imagine how boring this world would be if all people had the same taste preferences...

  25. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. -sAxo- scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  27. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Another great Octomore! This really benefits and opens up after 4-6 weeks of oxidation after opening. No alcohol burn on the nose or palate. Fantastic!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. L_Gillian scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is not a peat bomb! The whisky is of outstanding quality, you would not say it's only 5 years old, despite it being as hot as it is. Packed with flavor but i expected the palate to be a bit less muted, maybe with a drop of water?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, sweet smoke and malt. Wax, breezy sea air, chili peppers and freshly baked yeasty bread. The smoke doesn't jump up like Lagavulin tends to do, it lingers more at the bottom. The wine influence is there, but it's subtle.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Hot! The peat is very integrated, leaves room for other notes like butter and vanilla, dry malt and salty dirt. Not too much flavor after some chewing.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mellow sweetness and herbal. Hard for me to figure out exactly. Medicinal and a little fishy aftertaste. Ash stays present even in the morning after!

  29. the_muskox scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Taste
      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.

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

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

  31. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Islaywolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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.

  33. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

  34. mjts93 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I cannot believe the sheer quality of a whisky such as this which is only five years old.

    A wonderful vegetal peat combined with a creaminess which is buttery and nutty. Absolutely wonderful

  35. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. Bomshanka scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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.

  37. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely my whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Meat soup, smoky, smoked, smoked capelin, leather, sheepskin, cattle yard, rubber, Vishnevsky ointment, seafood, iodine, salt, creosote, dried fruits, citrus fruits, hay.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Perfume, smoky, sweet, durable, fuel oil, oily, farm, hay.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Oily, fruity, salted caramel, farm.

  38. LordIslay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  39. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  41. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  42. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/feis-ile-2018-bruichladdich/

    N: Custard Creams is all I noted but this one sparkles. The bar is rammed and I find noise the most off-putting phenomena over visual distractions.
    T: More Custard Creams with seaweed smoke - the kind of sweet vegetal profile I really like.
    F: A touch of wash/beer plus vegetal-sour smoke.
    C: What a cracker. I had it at 87 before, but with limited time constraints and a less emotive atmosphere. Also had this at 87 before.

  43. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  44. Torgeir4 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  45. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. coldsun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Flavor has notes of spices (ginger), strawberry, green apple, green pear. In some time smoked peat comes and elements of malt. Then come prune and notes of glue, dry and sweet vine notes, old wood, butter, zest. Peat and smoke becomes stronger. Taste brings very strong and burning spices, pepper, smoke, peat; green fruits, deeply smoked and sweet malt. Finish is very peppery and warming with stable tones of smoked peat and baking products.

  47. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Jar Jar Binks

    I first tried this malt at the distillery! When we visited Islay in September 2017, we were seduced into trying this one, for the simple fact that some Spanish Ribera del Duero wine casks were involved. Today, I get to try it again at my leisure.

    Well, the nose is quite something else. Sure, the typical Octomore traits shine through, but this is upholstered with lots of hazelnuts, Werther’s Original, nougat, olive oil, hint of dates, burnt hay and fresh tobacco leaves. Add some sandwhich dough, a bit of mint and sea salt and Jar Jar Binks would say ‘mesa like theez’.

    You can almost chew this malt, it’s that creamy. The smokiness comes first – quite big – followed by a lot of vegetal elements such as roots, hay, wood. Then some sweetness appears as if from blueberries, barley sugar, caramel, corn on the cob and charcoal. Mildly spicy on ginger and liquorice. Tannins kick in, making it dry.

    The finish is long and smoky, but a touch sharp, bitter and dry. The tannins become quite loud.

    Less good than I remembered, which proves that the emotion of the moment is an important factor. Thanks for the sample, Timon.

  48. Pardes scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  49. 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

  50. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  51. AlainMalt09 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  52. helmutgw scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: stays very intense
    04.04.2018 84
    • Nose
      a lot of alcohol, closed, very reserved honey and seasoning
    • Taste
      Intense spicy sweetness, alcoholic hot
    • Finish
      lay, sharp

  53. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    incredible what is possible after 5 years. This dram for 5 years is outstanding. When you look at 160€ it is OK.. Great experience though!

  55. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  56. DrBardamu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  57. 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

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

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

  59. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Softer and less aggressive Octomore than the x.1 versions. Wine influence softens the punch on this 
    • Nose
      Vegetal, iodine, candied ham ,salt, smoked bacon, faint camphor
    • Taste
      Iodine, salt, glazed and smoked ham, bacon, red berries, touch of pepper
    • Finish
      Lingering finish, salt, bacon, drying initially but salivating after, red pepper jelly

  60. berarith73 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  61. dram_on scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Color: lighter gold, probably two shades less?Legs: legs are thicker (not as lean) and needs stockings to cover them upNose: lighter honey, more brine, can get medicinal notes, charred lemonPalate: much less heat, rather thin, more lemony (aka Caol Ila 25), some smokeFinish: rather short, not much of an after-taste, definitely medicinal (yuck)
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      70 70

  62. Svenson scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Whiskydream.de writes:

    Octomore 07.3 (Bruichladdich) We smell, after the nose gets used to the smoke, caramel, toffee mixed with citrus fruits. A great combination! (93)
    In the mouth, the whisky is very spicy without added water. The 6 vol% almost burn our tongue away ... So we give a shot of water into the glass. Now we taste something! Smoke, charcoal, but also licorice, tanned leather and rubber. Rather duller flavors, but super interesting. Wow, a taste bomb! (95)
    The finish is fiery and long lasting! It completes the taste experience worthy. (94)
    Overall rating: 93 points
    further information: www.whiskydream-de.webnode.com/tastings-az/no/

  63. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Offers first up a confectionary Quality Street selection of nougat, hazelnuts & caramel set-off by a soft vegetal, oily=briney side.
    T: Vegetal peat-smoke and a little allium scrub.
    F: The veg-smoke settles.
    C: Yet another good Octomore especially on the nose.

    Scores a B

  64. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel evening

    This one was quite aggressive. I found a very dominating note of germolene ointment all the through as well as an interesting mix of herbal and fruit notes.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/12/24/malt-mongers-israel-octomore-evening/
    • Nose
      Tar. Medicinal peat. Wood spice. Iodine. Germolene. Grass. Very aggressive nose, but in a good way. Lactic caramel and honey throat lozenges on the end.
    • Taste
      Aggressive here too, in the same way as the nose. Germolene. Burned fruits. Wood spice. Cinnamon. Marzipan.
    • Finish
      Long. Bitter. Medicinal peat. Dry wood tannins. Salt. Plain toast.

  65. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  66. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    i
    love the richness and coarse texture similar to knob creek 9
    • Nose
      yeasty earth, grain,
      waxy
      honey,
      rich peated
      bourbon (like knob creek 9), smoke
    • Taste
      very thick and rich grain sweetness, very
      oily,
      bourbon tang, spicy, somewhat salty
    • Finish
      long, coarse grain, minty peat, bitter
      grass,
      minerals, light honey grain at the back

  67. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Roasted
    nut, thick soya sauce, burnt grass with thickened prune glaze. A drop
    of peat bomb, intensely sweet with lots of raisin, mint, lemon. Clean,
    exceptional body with ultra smooth finishing and superbly long without
    any trace of unpleasant. Probably best Octomore so far.

    — at Whisky Live Singapore.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  68. Mascht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, smoke, moss, brown sugar
    • Taste
      Ash, dust
    • Finish
      eternal, Thujenhecke

  69. C.H.M. scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A drop of water and then it pings. And yet I wonder if this whisky is worth its price. There is plenty of premium whisky for half price.

  70. Glennie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  71. herby.usa scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Malty, hay and slightly peaty carried by a maritime note (sea spray). From the fruit notes berry (red forest berry) mixed with a neat honey sweetness. Taste: Immediately extremely elegant supple creamy feeling. Restrained peat smoke, the malty dominates with fresh summery notes of barley and straw. The sweetness spreads well in the mouth (honey / syrup, citrus (orange) and dark grapes) A ​​hint of salty ham mixed with sweet peach (apricots?) And honey. In the finish: long and pleasantly tingling, slightly salty and citrusy at the same time. Conclusion: The 5 years you notice the 7.3er in any way. The 169 ppm are surprisingly mild (absolutely not dominant). Above all, the extreme smoothness in mouthfeel was the absolute hammer for me!

  72. AnthoDN scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very mineral and very brutal! Pulco juice very peaty on the nose as on the palate! Medicinal herb, Ricola   ! A final in the same notes but very lively! Fan of style: Dark! Otherwise, go your way ... I like but in the late evening because after that nothing is the same!
    "I know a Polish woman who had breakfast" ;-)

  73. Murxus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Krankenhaus meets Bauernhof. And no, I cannot detect any wine-finish. Very much new make-style, but I must confess I like it.

  74. Cartman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Unusually botanical, young and strong, the oak is too bitter for me, that makes him a little unbalanced.
    • Nose
      He got in advance half an hour in the glass. Still very alcoholic, not even much smoke, grass clippings, damp tobacco, black cherries marinated in rum, sea air, driftwood, sun on beach grass, a brackish puddle with algae, ham sandwich, rose petals, subliminally light menthol note towards ice candy.
    • Taste
      (diluted to about 52%): Sweet, vegetable, fresh elderberry, rowan berries, oak, malt, oak, corn salad, lightly burnt toast without butter
    • Finish
      medium-long, bittersweet, added to the end of iodine.

  75. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      87 87

  76. EarlMobile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Tastes almost like the 06.3, that is, I did not like the wine barrels. Overall a lot of smoke and peat that hides the young age well. Always good!

  77. MadScientist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  78. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - October 15, 2015

    Octomore 5 yo 2010/2015 '07.3 Islay Barley' (63%, OB) Only 169ppm! On the other hand, this is fully Islay, the barley coming from Lorgba Farm in or around Port Charlotte. Not too sure. Oh and it’s brand new. And I loved 06.3 that had a similar pedigree. Colour: pale gold. Nose: sends 07.1 ad patres. This is so better chiselled, crystalline, evident, ultra-clean, massively pure… Perfect lemon, perfect peat. A blade. With water: yess. Mouth (neat): buries 07.1, once again. Our friend Mark Reynier was right. The purest form of heavily smoked, exceptionally medicinal, and superbly lemony goodness. It’s not a blade, it’s Excalibur. Or better yet, Durandal, but that’s harder to understand if you’re not French. With water: extraordinary spirit, intense, blade-y, ultra-clean, supremely elegant. If Didier Dagueneau (Google’s your friend) was still alive and was making whisky, he’d have made this. I think. Finish: even during the very long finish it doesn’t fail. Comments: goes with the greatest Clairins, Mezcals, Jamaican rums, or, ach, err, Lagavulins. Truly exceptional if you like whistle-clean, angular whiskies as much as I do. SGP:368 - 91 points.

  79. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tastes are personal things in my view -an improvement perhaps on the 6.3 Octomore of Octomores. Less vegetal notes, nose shows integrated smoke and toffee notes. Sweeter and richer - more balanced. A first Octomore for Adam Hannet? - new Head Distiller who took over from Jim Mcewan this year.

  80. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dist.note (ADAM HANNETT, HEAD DISTILLER)

    THIS, OCTOMORE 07.3, IS THE SECOND RELEASE OF OCTOMORE OF OCTOMORE - OCTOMORE WHISKY MADE FROM BARLEY GROWN TWO MILES ALONG THE COAST FROM THE DISTILLERY AT FARMER AND FRIEND JAMES BROWN'S OCTOMORE FARM. IT WAS DISTILLED IN 2010 FROM GRAIN HARVESTED ON LORGBA FIELD THE SAME SUMMER, PEATED TO 169PPM AND MATURED HERE ON ISLAY FOR ALL ITS LIFE IN AMERICAN BOURBON BARRELS AND SPANISH WINE CASKS OF RIBERA DEL DUERO. UBER PROVENANCE, UBER EXPERIMENTAL, OCTOMORE OF OCTOMORE EMBODIES THE QUINTESSENCE OF OUR PHILOSOPHY.

    CHARACTER
    ELEGANT, POWERFUL, DEEP AND PROUD OF ITS ISLAY DNA

    COLOUR
    SUN BLEACHED SAND.

    NOSE
    OPENS WITH THE UNMISTAKEABLE HIT OF PEAT SMOKE FOLLOWED BY OZONE AND SALT SPRAY,THEN LEMON CAKE. THE MARINE NOTES CHARACTERISTIC OF MATURATION BY THE SHORES OF LOCHINDAAL. WARM THE GLASS IN YOUR HAND AND WAIT AS APRICOT JAM, CINDER TOFFEE, VANILLA, BUTTERCUPS AND LILIES RISE AND INTERWEAVE.

    PALATE
    THE TEXTURE IS A STRIKING TESTAMENT TO THE DISTILLER’S ART, RICH AND SATIN SMOOTH DESPITE THE HIGH STRENGTH. INITIALLY THERE IS SALT ON THE LIPS WITH SWEETNESS FROM THE AMERICAN OAK COMBINING WITH THE PEAT SMOKE. A SECOND SIP UNCOVERS THE HEART OF THE DRAM THROUGH LAYERS OF PEACHES, APRICOT, MELON AND GINGER SYRUP. ONCE THERE, MALTED ISLAY BARLEY AND TOASTED OAK COMPLIMENT FLORAL NOTES OF WILD THYME, MINT AND BUTTERCUP.

    FINISH
    EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS DRAM SPEAKS OF ISLAY AND OUR SLOW DISTILLATION, THE PEAT SMOKE AND SALT SPRAY POWERFUL YET GENTLE AND COMPLEX. THE ISLAY GROWN BARLEY GIVES A CHARACTER LIKE NO OTHER. THE CULMINATION OF MANY HOURS OF HARD WORK, DETERMINATION AND SKILL, LONG AFTER THE GLASS IS EMPTY THE PEAT EMBERS FROM THIS WHISKY REMAIN ALIVE ON YOUR TASTE BUDS.

    MOOD
    WALKING AN ISLAY BEACH WITH THE WIND AT YOUR BACK. SALT-LADEN SAND BLOWING PAST YOUR FEET. RETURNING HOME TO A PEAT FIRE AND THE WARMTH OF THE FAMILY HEARTH. CONTENTMENT.

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