Octomore #LADDIEMP6 - 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Micro-Provenance Series
Stated Age
13 years old
Ribera del Duero / Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
59.2 % Vol.
200 ml
Bottle code
WHS 12 B12
Added on
21 jan 2017 2:34 pm by CyberDiver
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 134.90

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore #LADDIEMP6 - 2003

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.32 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Intense campfire smoke streams up from my glass. When I close the glass, I perceive a flood of ripe, rather sweet, fruits. The high alcohol content of 59.2% is perfectly integrated - no stinging or strong "cooling" in the nose. The balance of the two columns (smoke & fruit) is in my mind in a fascinating balance. Here, the scale certainly does not become a catapult, as has been the case with many other malts where an aromatic / flavored part was consistently dominant. The smoky-fruity conglomerate I had not yet been able to perceive in this form, which does not necessarily facilitate the identifiability. Black currants, ripe cherries, a touch of orange with vanilla pods and exotic fruits I register.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly oily, full mouthfeel, almost with a light creaminess. Very smoky and fruity on the palate. The alcohol is also perfectly integrated here - I do not add any water. As soon as the initially dense smoke of the campfire evaporates, the noticeable vanilla fruit notes in the front of the mouth intensify. I can also identify exotic and ripe red fruits here again. Black currants, a hint of raspberries and oranges flood the palate. Minimal floral, with hints of spicy oak, which still lingers in the background. Harmoniously harmonized.
    • Finish
      Very long and balanced. Intense campfire smoke that turns slightly ashy after a few minutes. The fruit notes set a final exclamation point, in constant accompaniment with spicy oak notes, which cause neither dryness nor bitterness. The finish is very complex and warming.

  2. amiridis scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Side by side tasting notes 02.2, 02.1, MP6 #0022

    first of all, sorry for the long text. I have taken the tasting specifically to compare all 3 different maturations of the same distillate and posting them separately without the comparative notes would somehow diminish the intended impact and value.

    Freshly opened:


    02.2 has the most earthy nose of the three, with very apparent red fruit (mostly strawberries)

    02.1 a bit sharper - the same earthy note, but with citrus, pear and a small bit of vanilla scent, combining in something like a animal-like smell on the back of the nose

    0022 the most restrained, almost no feeling of peat on the nose, the ribeira del duero gives only soft caramel smell with some gentle wood notes (sandalwood?), slight hint of sulphur? sawdust


    02.2 amazing strawberry pie sprinkled with fresh earth which hosted a fire. "Hell yeah" is an understatement. This is definitely my dram.

    02.1 actually more fruit on palate than on the nose. Pear with citrus zest, the smoke attack soon enough, then lingering honey with sweet grapefruit

    0022 quick heated mouth coating, salivating - wood from the start, but not bitter, slightly astringent
    second sip gives less heat and more sweeter notes from he wood. sour cherries perhaps?
    dark caramel or coffee, not burnt. tannins from wood, still not really bitter. the sweet, yet older wood stays on the tongue for a long time

    Repeat after letting it breathe in glass for 40 minutes:

    02.2 strawberries take the front, together with some darker sweet fruit, perhaps plums? sweet oak appears, earth/peat settles to the background.

    02.1 pear and grapes on the front , but the earth (and peat smoke) weaves around them and interacts.

    0022 more wood and sawdust on the nose, with sugar topping (for real, still not that drunk:-)

    With a few drops of water:


    02.2 strawberry mixing with a suddenly appeared waxed wood note - like table in a victorian study room. cigar smoke just lightly lingers on old draperies

    02.1 additional grassy or heathery note, with soft honey

    0022 additionally some fruit also coming out, grapes? mirabelle plums? peat gets back, more earthy then initial. burnt match sulphur remains as undertone, bud not in a bad way. complements the rest


    02.2 even on palate the wood is coming out, in quite a settled way, not killing the red fruit (fresh strawberries not that apparent now - looks like they got pickled in the meantime;-). All the parts intertwine nicely, peat, fruit, wood. Amazing balance. On finish the fruit leaves first, wood remains with ash and slight sweetness

    02.1 settled down really well, candied lemon peel with added sweet citrus (not precisely identifiable). The most fresh feeling of the 3 after more than an hour in the glass. The grass stays on the nose, perhaps a bit of rosemary on the palate. The finish is shorter but the earth comes out again and supports the sweet lemon peel. Together they taste almost waxy.

    0022 sweetness comes out now, sweet sugary wood with grapes and a bit of caramel (not salty) topping linger on tongue forever. Unfortunately a slight bitterness comes back into play here, which, for me, spoils it a bit (but that might be just the mood-of-the-moment thing)

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is too violent at first, but then becomes really great. On the palate, the whisky is just too one-dimensionally smoky. It gets a little better with water. Too bad. The nose had raised high hopes. 84 points.
    • Nose
      "Cool, fresh smoke. After so many Octomore bottlings are not as badly smoky as the PPM content might suggest, I'm almost surprised here. This whisky is relentlessly smoky. And the cask strength also comes through clearly The smoke is cold and goes into the medical. There is a subtle sweetness. It takes a while until the smoke loses the medical and there is some space for the burning wood. The sweetness is still heavy, but is slowly becoming clearer and stronger. Honey crystallizes slowly coming out. Now there are also bright, ripe fruits. Mild and sweet apples. Grapes. How incredibly good time this whisky does! Stable aromas develop that soon fade into the background. The sweetness becomes even more intense. Herbs come along with mild citrus flavors.

      Water: even more fruits. Kiwi, gooseberry, orange. Great!"
    • Taste
      "Sweet. And very powerful. Dominant smoke, burning logs. Churned ashes. Charcoal. Sweet and sooty apple peels. Not too acidic grapefruit. After swallowing, a very ashy and earthy-dry taste develops. The smoke goes bitter. That is a bit too violent for me. The wine barrel just falls short on the palate.

      Water: Much sweeter. The honey is there. The smoke behaves cautiously the first time, but comes quickly rolled up from behind. Again it is ashes that remain in the mouth. "
    • Finish
      Medium length and very smoky. Bitter. The finish is sweeter with water and the bitterness is barely there.

  4. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ribera del Duero is a well-known and very popular Spanish wine-growing region in the Castilla-León wine region. Main grape in the region is the red Tempranillo grape, the most important grape variety in Spain today. We already had Paulliac (R & BT for LMDW) and Pomerol (Orpheus), both famos, both French. Now it's just the Spaniard's turn.
    • Nose
      Very large bubbles form when pouring. Visually a pleasure that continues consistently in the nose. The typical Octomore log fire glows, not maritim phenolic. More charcoal is burned here. Sweetish fruity notes in the background, unspecific in the nose.
    • Taste
      Typical Octomore, one might say. Very soft and round it acts on the tongue. Nothing stands out. The smoke spreads immediately and allows the remaining, fresh and fruity aromas to slowly penetrate the taste buds. Vanilla from Bourbon, light malt, heather honey and sweetish fruit notes, especially grapes, elderberries and pineapple can be tasted when you get used to the smoke. Delicious!
    • Finish
      Soft, warm, powerful. Spicy, probably the influence of the oak, but no bitter tannins. Enormously gentle and enormously strong. Again, the fruit of the smoker. Even clearer now the pineapple. Warm and slightly scorched by the charcoals. Enough to taste, too little to be bitter. At the end then beautiful, clear, cold smoke, the embers of the fire is probably gone forever.

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. theograph scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    If I did not know better, I would tap on a really great Laphroaig!
    • Nose
      Vegetative smoke, phenolics, gauze bandage, leukotape, many medicinal flavors, leather, gum, smoked fish, sturgeon (sweet);
    • Taste
      Medical, gauze, tape, gum, iodine, salt, "green" mossy smoke / peat, tree sap, bamboo, kale, dry;
    • Finish
      Powerful medical, vegetative-dry;

  7. Mascht scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    a fantastic Islay malt, reminiscent of the character of Laphroaig
    • Nose
      medically, peat, phenol, something after milk
    • Taste
      Campfire on the beach, medical, ion and resin
    • Finish
      eternal and very dry

  8. Nikilema scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. helmutgw scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: becomes supple
    09.06.2017 83
    • Nose
      F: dark gold N: little alcohol, little - sweet
    • Taste
      G: a lot of alcohol, dull, warm - sweet
    • Finish
      A: long, so

  10. Ghostdog73 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  11. holborndrinker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Oldest Octomore and it doesn't disappoint.
    • Nose
      An inviting warmth with a slight note of herbs.
    • Taste
      Wow - very decent and surprising that it doesn't simply burn.   Not added water as I use that to wash, not dilute my drink. 
    • Finish
      Longer than a Led Zepplin song and just as good - creates a whole lotta love.

  12. softdown3 scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    A very mature octomore, which initially does not allow itself to be elicited with excessive aromas by means of the olfactory organ. Gradually, then very mature notes come to light, which can best be described with the English adjective 'sophisticated'. And elegant.
    In the mouth, it shows for 59.2% very gently, at first almost unspectacular, but due to the age this is in my opinion also little surprising. That's why I'm not even tempted to give him water. Slowly, the flavors come out. He is nowhere near as stormy and pounded as the younger bottlings, so that new notes come to the fore.
    The finish can be in its quality time, but after the 3rd sip only wonderful and clothes the mouth for a very long time.
    Conclusion: This Malt wants to be awakened first. But once he is awake, he shows what he can do in a calm, careful manner. Who gives him time, will be rewarded. Short and painless: 91 points.
    Thanks to Bruichladdich for bringing us closer to what more than 10 years have been from an Octomore.


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