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Octomore Edition 07.3 / 169

Overall rating
88.81/100
votes
437
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

€ 228.07

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 07.3 / 169

65 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.81 points

  1. 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...

  2. 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

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points 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

  4. 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.
    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

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