Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1

Overall rating
90.18/100
votes
291
Whiskybase ID
WB92968
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
26.05.2017
Casktype
vatting of 10 casks
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
59.7 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Bottle code
L161237 17/143
Added on
23 feb 2017 8:00 pm by lrb85
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 824.07

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Whisky reviews for Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1

48 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.18 points.

  1. DistiLesha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and drinkable whisky, it is drunk as if at 46% ABV
    Personally, it seems to me that this whisky can be easily compared and paralleled with Port Charlotte PCXX, Ledaig and even some Springbank 15-yo.

    23 22 22 22
    • Nose
      Bright, juicy, fruity-smoky, phenolic, cherry pit, smoked cherry, sulphurous, cigars, fragrant blue cheese, some cheap plastic or polypropylene, very dusty, rotten wood
    • Taste
      Nose extension, distinctly phenolic, cherry-stone bitterness, smoked prunes, very sweet and fruity-cheesy, sulphurous, the base (distillate) is well felt in its characteristic tongue-tingling manner on a near-strength, undiluted new-make.
    • Finish
      Deep, phenolic, smoked berries and prunes, continued pinching of the palate with alcohols at high speeds

  2. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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

    After the 10 cl sample had been half empty in the treasure chest for a long time and I was recently able to buy a bottle at a reasonable price, I set about tasting it again.
    • Nose
      98 98
      Immediately a honey sweetness in the nose with a very pleasant alcohol influence and smoked bacon aromas.
      Cinnamon, spicy, mint, then also salty sea spray.
      Sour aromas of cherry, apple and blackberry.

      Over time, the smoked bacon gives way to the sour wine note, which becomes more dominant (reminiscent of a very fruity cool white wine / white grapes). A wonderful interplay of sweetness & sourness & saltiness.
      Very slight hint of wood and spiced speculoos.

      An absolute snoop!
      Very complex, there is a lot more to it than that,
      but I can't wait anymore and want to taste ????

      After the first sip, the smoked bacon comes out more strongly when you sniff the glass; but then again gives way to the pattern described above.
    • Taste
      96 96
      The alcohol bites.
      Ashiness spreads - but then immediately gives way to sweetness / fruitiness that is in the foreground.
      oh, it gets oily / creamy
      Wood notes mix with vanilla, coffee, cocoa.
      Interestingly enough, no tartariness in the mouth.
      Spices (ginger, chilli, black pepper) lay on the tongue.

      2nd tasting sip.
      Nice campfire smoke in a wonderful balance with dark chocolate. And now I also have the cooling fruity note of white wine in my mouth. The sea spray (saltiness) makes itself felt again and again.
    • Finish
      96 96
      long, longer
      Tannins and smoke / ash stay in the mouth.
      cold coffee grounds / mocha in the throat area
      Dark chocolate.

      Conclusion: the nose is stunning. Taste and finish are strong but slightly behind the olfactory experience.
      In the meantime, it is “a bit” too expensive compared to the initial issue price, but sometimes you just have to treat yourself to something ????.

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

    Unfortunately at that time I was too slow to get a “regular” bottle. Thanks to a good friend, I got a 10 cl sample for the purchase price.
    The tasting knocked me off my stool!

    After a long search - and a little luck - I have now acquired a bottle (albeit still very expensive; but you only live once and sometimes you have to treat yourself to something).
    • Nose
      96 96
      Very balanced balance of peat smoke, tobacco, honey sweetness and maritime scents. Mint / menthol mixed with nutty and slightly sour aromas are added.
      It takes time in the glass and needs to be warmed up well - pear, apricot, candied fruit and citrus aromas follow.
      And again and again the wonderful sweetness (cinnamon) with smoked bacon in spices.

      A super great sniffer!
    • Taste
      95 95
      At the beginning the boy shows some warmth in the form of chilli heat in combination with a farmy touch (cowshed).
      Red wine notes paired with the red fruits on the nose appear, followed by dark chocolate, spicy pepper and some menthol. The note of bacon resonates (smoky).
      Gradually, cinnamon, herbal / spice tea, sea salt and ashiness are added (smell of a good Cuban cigar).
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long and persistent in the finish, with cigar ash, cinnamon and red fruits that mix wonderfully with notes of peat, sea salt and sweet flavors.
      At the end there is dark dark chocolate.

  6. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  7. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, cheese, sulfur, dried fruit, subtle vanilla, pipe tobacco, ash and dark chocolate. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and has a relatively heavy body.

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The price is out of the question, but this is a great Octomore, perfectly integrated smoke and alcohol, nice wine notes.
    • Nose
      The nose is very vinous and sweet, red berries, slight acidity, with a little vanilla, citrus, subtle peat. Minimal cowshed.
    • Taste
      Immediately tart oak notes in the mouth, barrel, sour fruitiness.
    • Finish
      This acid, fruit, bitterness, complemented by sweet notes, shows the finish. The peat is there of course, but does not dominate. Water does not change any of that significantly.

  10. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Colour:
      Amber

      Nose:
      The first thing I encounter is oily smoke. But it will be a little drier, ashier. Something like glowing pipe smoke. Dark chocolate and dried, curled pipe tobacco. Slight mold and basalt sand. With a little more air, it gets a touch of asphalt. In addition, greasy leather and a sweaty note. Cherry and red berries. With a bit of almonds and raspberry spirit, something of fine drops in nuts. In addition, a matching, not exaggerated herbal note. With a little more time in the glass, comes rusty steel, espresso and dried apricots. The smoke is actually not intrusive. Actually holds back appropriately and plays along nicely.

      The empty glass smells wonderful, creamy sweet. With a little ham. Very cool.
    • Taste
      Starts off soft and oily in the first second. Then comes the tangy, ashy smoke. Immediately the rusty steel and some cold filter coffee. The fat also asserts itself in the taste. Tastes a bit mineral. Limestone dust and again those hints of asphalt steam. The alcohol is now noticeable and is pressing properly. Pepper and a taste that reminds me of burnt gingerbread. A bit of caramel with a light dry fruit note.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Peppery and oily. Then dry mineral. Always the ashy smoke above it. At the very end, something of bacon chips.

  11. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. Syleo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Delicious! I can understand that, as we have already read in some of the comments, for some people there is a bit of a “bang”, for me personally, since I tend not to like the strongly phenolic-dominated and overwhelming smokers anyway, in their balance a really nice one Paint.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Deep golden with a slight brown tinge, the OBA shimmers in sunlight. After gently swirling, the clear liquid edge in the glass slowly releases strikingly round droplets that run down the glass wall in slow legs.
      "Fruchtrauch" is the first association in the nose: a little smoked bacon and a lot of campfire, at the interface of warm and cold smoke. Dark cherries, juicy dried plums, also orange, grapefruit at almost the same height, behind them float caramel and custard, pink candy floss, shortbread, cognac and a slice of wholemeal bread with lemon curd. A little oak, or maybe more grated hazelnuts - with a salty tone and a hint of white wine vinegar in alcohol. Overall, the OBA balances steadily on the line between sweet-smoky heaviness and floral-fruity freshness, in the tips almost floral with heavy roses, rosehip flowers and Ricola herb sugar candies. With time in the glass, the smoke gradually fades into the background, warm, sweet orange jam takes the lead. Very pleasant.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The first sip lets smoke from the inhaled campfire float through your mouth, but the expected biting does not occur. The moderate sharpness despite the almost 60 percent by volume ensures a certain dryness like that of tobacco leaves, but first orange peel, powdered sugar, prunes, cherries and brandy on one side and later dark fudge caramel, cocoa beans and nutmeg ensure a sustainably striking sweet feeling. When tasting, the even balance between intensely dark fruit and rather light smoke from the nose goes 2: 1 for the more dominant ash note of charred branches, but still leaves a pleasantly round and not overwhelming feeling.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is not necessarily the longest, but one could say that it is sustainable. The Octomore smoke hooks into the herb sweets, nutty wood and fruit sweetness and makes it cozy for a while. The last drop in the glass is becoming increasingly dull and is concentrated in a date wrapped in bacon from the grill - including a slightly charred wooden skewer.

  13. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Finish your fresh bottles. Oxidation kills it. Monotone flavours.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Intense peat smoke, cheese, sulfur, dry fruits, subtle vanilla, pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      90 90
      Full-bodied, ashen, slightly oily, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      90 90
      Extremely intense, long-lasting and warming

  15. Dude1971 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. Torgeir4 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  17. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    During the Feis Ile in 2016, I was present at the OBA or at the first tasting live and filled up a sample for later. Nothing was said about the drum composition in the Masterclass, but it was spoken by Vintage 2007 or older. This does not quite fit with the offcial OBA Concept bottling, which also contains 2008 barrels, which is why I assume that something has been improved on prescriptions for the OBA bottling, which has been emphatically demanded. Therefore at this point simply the direct comparison.

    Conclusion: These are definitely two different whiskys, which one notes the relationship or the same basic idea.

    But now to the OBA Concept, which is actually here. In my opinion, the fine tuning was successful and I like it a little better than what was then served in the Masterclass. Nice intense in all areas. Great intense smoke in the mouth, which blends harmoniously with the superficial caramel note. Unmistakably Laddie.
    • Nose
      91 91
      OBA Concept:
      Significant smoke, which brings a certain freshness, behind it is clearly the Laddie character, which I always interpret with burnt caramel, which goes slightly sulfuric, others have cheese feet here ;-), salty, very dense, downright fat, cake dough which is lightly burned, light spiciness of moist tobacco, chocolate, as if you drip dark chocolate between the fingers, generally fruity, but now no intense sherry notes that jump towards one, rather ripe yellow fruit, a bit of sulfur is there already there, from the smoke level ago rather Port Charlotte level, with me many Octomores in the nose anyway not so extremely smoky occur.
      After the first sip even creamier, the burnt caramel sets the tone

      Masterclass Feis Ile 2016:
      In my opinion more filigree than the concept bottling, here a clear citrus note, lighter and lighter, the smoke is there, but my nose has become accustomed to it, a clear fruity sweetness, not dark, but here more likely to go into raspberry, behind it also the Laddie character with caramel, also dark chocolate, the tobacco I have here just not quite so spicy, these are already two different whiskys, but let's see what develops after the first sip. After the first sip here the spice increases significantly, here also clearly interwoven with the smoke flavors.
    • Taste
      91 91
      OBA Concept:
      Wow, intense, the mouth is full of aromas, yes, now the smoke is here, also here burnt caramel, light sweetness, also the tittle sulfur, creamy, behind but rather dry than sweet, bittersweet, slightly tart, a touch of spicy oak, slightly acidic on the palate, tingles something, drinking well despite almost 60%

      Masterclass 2016:
      intense, full-bodied, strong smoke, sweet, raspberry, here now a lot of spice that comes with the smoke, goes in the direction of cinnamon, also some creamy caramel, also tingling rather dry mouthfeel, also here no water needed
    • Finish
      90 90
      OBA Concept: always drier, the smoke takes in the whole mouth, ashen, on the palate a little creamy caramel, but the smoke definitely plays the first violin, behind a bit pear and fruit bowl, long-lasting

      Masterclass 2016:
      now ashy smoke, still relatively creamy, the caramel is here even more present than the concept, also long-lasting, the whole mouth is still covered with aromas, a little spice, a brief Schwarzpulverassoziiation, warming

  18. DrBardamu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. checkpointuk scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=318 Color: Old Gold / Amber Nose: The red fruit is in the glass. Red berries, some vanilla, tons of leather, tobacco, BBQ with smoked ham and a salty spiciness of cayenne pepper and paprika. Not creamy, rather "watery-thin" with flaming charcoal and a bit of sour peat. Taste: Extremely sweet and spicy-woody at the same time. Hot, salty and getting drier and woodier. Red fruit, bitterly acidic herbs, peat, coal and some "oblique" notes between extreme sweetness and kräutrig-woody bitterness. You have to like this taste otherwise ... Finish: long - spicy, woody, sweet! Too sweet and inappropriately bitter. Herbal freshness, young oak and sweet peat. Remark: Is this concept a success? Unfortunately for us rather less! 82 points N: 88P / G: 78P / F: 80P

  20. Chris P. Bacon scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  21. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Strong sherry-smoke nose. Nothing special, taste sweet, dark fruit, smoky with a bit of coffee and walnuts. Departure relatively short. Unspectacular, the taste is still the best, Marko can only agree, which is delicious, but not what I expect of an Octomore, or in principle of a whisky in this price range.

  22. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great and varied whisky. The Octomore offers me everything I expect of him: Voluminous peat, fruity and well-integrated smoke, an extremely fruity basic setting and a pleasant sharpness. He has plenty of power and also the fact that he shows his soft and creamy side more often. A great malt, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Voluminous peat and fruity cold smoke swell from the glass. On the glass wall oily and greasy drops pull their paths back into the glass, reddish amber shines in the glass. Alone visually, the Octomore prepares me already a pleasure. But back to the nose: From the compact peat-smoke mixture rises a powerful alcohol and tickles slightly in the nose. Sweet fruits and a hint of fresh espresso follow the harmoniously integrated alcohol. Maritime with a touch of ash, the peat tries to gain the upper hand over the red berries and grapes, the intense fruit flavors defend themselves and repeatedly assert themselves against the voluminous peat.
    • Taste
      Fruity and dangerously tasty, the first sip flows through the throat. Suddenly, the peat and smoke unload their massive power and violence, black pepper spread mercilessly over the tongue. It tickles and crackles in the complete palate ... Whereby, as brute as it starts, so fast is the sharpness gone again. Suddenly the Octomore is again quite tame and creamy on the palate. Oily saliva stimulated by the sharpness flows under the tongue, butter and subtle walnut aroma mix. Here and there the red berries come to the fore again and a creamy slightly wooden mouthfeel appears. A touch of ash lies discreetly in the background.
    • Finish
      Mild and creamy notes of peat, smoke and fruit rest in the mouth. The initial power is finally history, tame and creamy mild, the aromas float in front of him and slowly voluminous peat rises again ...

  23. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    massive force of aromas, salt, smoke, greasy, slightly fruity sweetness. A very complex Octomore, as always with Octomore play the high PPM phenol indication not matter (they were not specified here anyway). I'm looking forward to about 20 octomores, maybe this will be the first old Islay whiskys where no loss of phenol intensity is noticeable.
    • Nose
      Pure: a fairly balanced mixture of dirty, maritime and sweet-meaty smoke, tobacco, leather. So whether Bruichladdich combines all his trademarks of the normal Laddie on PC to Octomore. The (probably) used wine barrels bring a little dark fruit sweetness of raspberry with it. With water: becomes cleaner, now more towards the beach air, such as Caol Ila from an active sherry barrel.
    • Taste
      Pure: heavy sweet, syrupy onset. Decent smoke level, lots of salt, lots of crispy fried spare ribs with sour sauce, roasted aromas, herbs. Very tasty, very balanced. With water: more smoke, easily medicated now, iodine and salt are increasing.
    • Finish
      long, peaty, smoky, sweet and greasy.

  24. larswehmeier scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First of all, intense fruity-sweet. Red fruits, but so sweet that they come dried or jam. Plums, dates.
      Then comes the cold octomore ash and lies down over it. And finally some sour and musty wine notes that point to Sauternes for me. Extremely complex nose.
    • Taste
      As expected, strong start. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Heavy, sweet, almost sticky. And then comes the smoke and occupies the palate. Very tasty and dangerous tasty.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. A lot of smoke.

  25. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Nikilema scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well. If that were a Classic of Islay I would say: "Taste bold and tasty, nose a bit closed, but for 45 € still a cheap cracker."
    But for !! 127 € !! for !! Octoore !!, from which you can now expect good 200ppm phenol and last but not least for this mysterious !! OBA-fuss !! ... that's for me to Orpheus, Comus , 6.1 simply the total pipe cracker. Sorry guys, mission failed! (Or I'm just too stupid for an ingenious whisky - should happen.) 8) -------------- Control tasting 2 days later, this time as first and not after three other whiskys.
    Somewhat fuller, sweeter on the nose, but otherwise I stick to my notes.
    Do not get me wrong, the whisky is not bad. Fat, sweet, tasty, strong in the mouth, strongly smoky sherry / wine barrel whisky (with a little weak nose). I like to drink.
    But he does not knock me off the stool. The smoke is unspectacular for an Octomore and I find nothing out of the ordinary, no kick, no "concept".
    In that sense, that is a disappointment to me.

    (If that's a Caol-Ila- or Bunna-HP-sherry-strength for 60 €, I would go, but not so.)
    • Nose
      Undiluted: Here I can not go with most pre-tasters - concretely, I find only quite cozy, undefined smoke and dark chocolate / cocoa, you can feel somehow the existing strength and concentration, the alcohol does not stand out, but the flavors do not really want fan out, so + water: drops, wait, sniff, drop, wait, sniff ... it really does not get better. Cocoa, rather cozy smoke ... maybe a little bit of Maggi passes by, a small pinch of tobacco, a barbecue far away in the backyard of the neighbor, but that's it. So what the 15 people have snooped in front of me there, I can not understand with the best will, the fruity, the complexity - nil.
    • Taste
      Fat, full-bodied, dark chocolate, Sachertorte, a touch of jam of black cherries / blackberries, the smoke is very well integrated -> roast crust (honey-coated) / sweet tobacco ... rather tasty, but the AHA or OBA effect stay out of here too.
    • Finish
      medium dark-chocolate-sweet, so a pepper-and-salt feeling stays longer, the smoke is also rather cozy

  28. edhunter15 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    This whisky is definitely one of the most aromatic and for my taste tastiest whiskys, which I could try so far. The OBA initially surprises with spicy BBQ flavors and gradually transforms into a whisky, in which sweet red fruits, chocolate leathery oak and an intense charcoal smoke harmonize perfectly with each other. I can recommend this intense taste experience to every whisky fan, if he still comes to an affordable bottle or sample. A whisky for the island!
    • Nose
      At the beginning, I am greeted by a very intense and aromatic smoke load, which together with a spicy and sweet-spicy note reminds me of BBQ (glowing charcoal, grilled beef with a chilli-pepper-pepper marinade and gypsy sauce). Shortly thereafter, full sweet malt notes and dates in bacon coat. Gradually, the piquant flavors go back and it develops a beautiful range of aromas of aromatic vanilla notes, sweet fruits (ripe blood orange, flamed peach, red wine gums), old sweet leather notes and old polished wood. After the first sip, the OBA accepts notes of a strong and complex sherry whisky. Flavors such as sweet old cognac, nut nougat praline (Rocher), old leather and walnut ice cream with strawberry sauce and brittle are in the foreground. In addition, starting from the carbonaceous smoke, a pleasant cooling menthol note.
    • Taste
      This results in a powerful interplay of sweet blood oranges and strawberries, dates in bacon, an intense charcoal smoke and aromatic oak (dark chocolate, espresso).
    • Finish
      The flavors now fill the whole mouth. It combines carbonated full smoky notes with espresso-like oak, old leather, dry earthy grain, a maritime saltiness and dates in bacon. In the end, flavors of white ash, cooling menthol, some mint, dark chocolate (> 95%), coffee beans and sticky figs and strawberries that do not want to subside.

  29. rb854 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My first Octomore and I liked it a lot! Surprisingly smooth concerning the high ABV. The peat nicely integrated, red wine influences very noticeable.
    • Nose
      Peat, malt, farmy, manure (in a positive way), red fruits, raspberries, cherries, a fresh note of anise and 'salmiak' (dutch), some leather. Then there appear some sherry notes, brown sugar, caramel, dried fruits, raisins, dates. Some vanilla(custard) and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Quite smooth concerning the 59.7%, red wine, red fruits, strawberries, raspberries, peat, petrol (diesel), some cinnamon and liquorice.
    • Finish
      Red fruits, caramel, creamy, peatsmoke, farmy. Keeps lingering, some cinnamon, chocolate, oily and earthy. 

  30. Gere scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      bitter dark chocolate underpinned with a light peat breeze
    • Taste
      Different layers of peat, chocolate, malt sweetness alternate
    • Finish
      long. first warm and supple, a residual sweetness remains and then goes over in a slightly peaty taste. at the very end a not quite pleasant bitternote remains. After a while, the bitterness is gone and it remains a pleasant fresh palate.

  31. Hemdl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    From front to back, a coherent and wonderful compilation. A really great malt, which joins in the Octomore somewhere to my top Afbüllungen, which consist of the legendary Orpheus, the great Comus and the strong 6.3. Chapeau, Mr. Hannet. If the level stays that high, I hope for many more "Black Art" bottlings in the Ocomore area.
    • Nose
      The nose actually has something of "black magic", namely pulls me immediately into its spell. Deep, dark smoke mixed with saffron red fruits. Tobacco notes, toffee and caramel sweetness are interwoven in this smoke as well as a touch reminiscent of wine. Strawberries, some ashes. Great nose, which has many facets to offer and once again shows that Octomore is much more than "just smoke".
    • Taste
      Strong, but by no means alcoholic onset. The OBA spreads rapidly throughout the mouth, hogging every single taste bud. As well as in the nose, so the Octomore has to offer here in addition to the ubiquitous and powerful smoke here all sorts. Dried fruits, red berries. A light citrus note, sweetish malt. Some oak in the background, again tobacco notes and dry smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, strong and slightly astringent. Here, the smoke dominates clearly, the sweet fruit notes flash only briefly here. The smoke turns into dry ash and spicy notes.

  32. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      99 99

  33. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    wildly expensive and only 500ml, but damn, this is really something
    • Nose
      coastal peat, sweet wine, raw tobacco, grass, elegant sherry, minerals, chocolate, dark fruits, light barbecue, hints of butter
    • Taste
      beautiful sherried fruits intensity, spicy, tobacco leaves, burnt tobacco, smoke, dark chocolate, sweet grains, toasted wood chips, orange notes
    • Finish
      long(er), rich wine casks, very dark fruits, grass, sweet peat, long orange notes at the back followed by coastal fruitiness, more tobacco, a Sunday barbecue and aromatic herbs

  34. Th3WhiskyColl3ctor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  35. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The first time I gave it 88 points but I even enjoy it more now so giving it even 90 points this time. 

    89 points in average. Well done but also not more value than the asked release price (130€ for 0,5L)
    • Nose
      great nose where chocolate, smoke, sherried dark fruits and peat dance together. In the back you get some barbecue sauce notes and bacon. Super complex where you may find different tastes every time you put it again on your nose.
    • Taste
      the taste is less intense as the nose and you also get a decent citrus note. For me the dram is a bit too sharp alcohol wise. Unfortunately water is no recommendation as it is killing the dram a bit.
    • Finish
      The finish itself is nice and quite long

  36. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Head distiller Adam Hannett made an excellent job with the vatting of the various casks. Probably the most complex Octomore I tasted so far. Each casks brought specific flavours. Very moreish (if you don't mind sulphur) and now my favorite Octomore with 6.3 and the 12 years old Yquem Cask.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, sulphur (some red wine casks probably), burnt rubber, spices. Massive. Red fruits in the background.
    • Taste
      Huge smoky attack. Afterwards the smoke is mixed with citrusy and sulphury notes. Then come a delicious red fruits sweetness (raspberries, forest strawberries), some chocolate and a pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      Loooong. Smoke, bonfire, resinous notes.

  37. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This was a surprising dram. I’ve seldom found the Octomores I’ve tried to be much more peaty than other peated malts, even their own Port Charlotte, but this one was particularly mellow. This let all the weird cask influences through. It was a very interesting and dynamic dram, there were lots of flavours interacting with one another here, which was the intention.I found it a little too fruity for my tastes, but still quite a wild ride for the palate, which I thoroughly enjoyed.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/08/04/octomore-oba/
    • Nose
      Fruit punch. Guava. Toffee. Rich, creamy smoke. Barbecue sauce. Fresh berries. Wine tannins, there’s definitely some red wine going on in here. Milk chocolate. Fresh tobacco. Bubblegum. Slight hint of seaweed on the end. With time the winey notes become more apparent.
    • Taste
      Rich fruity assault on the palate. Tar. Woodsmoke. Plums, nectarines and cherry cough syrup. Wine spices. Nutmeg. Sandalwood. Candied orange peel. Lavender. Clementines.
    • Finish
      Long. Cherry cough syrup. Limes. Bitter citrus. Smoke becomes more typical Islay in character. Lingering red wine spice and fresh green peppers.

  38. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: dark, dried fruits and dark chocolate Taste: dry peat smoke, spicy ginger, liquorice, then tea leaves and moist tobacco; Apricots and sea salt wrapped in a cloth of salty, smoky dried fruit (Notes of the distillery)

  39. gerardsmike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  41. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I am totally overwhelmed by this! Maybe too much different casks, I was thinking at the beginning. But now I am convinced. I love most of the octomores, but this one, I am absolutely amazed by. This is in my top 3 whiskies (out of about 350 I have tasted so far). The complexity is enormous, so much variation. I guess with each other dram you can associate new things. Unfortunately I don't own a bottle myself and the rising price of this baby left me with empty hands.

    PC12 is one of my dearest all time favorites, but this baby puts it to shame.
    • Nose
      Reminds me of Octomore 7.2, red fruits, sweet smoke, massive volume, dry wood, pepper. After half an hour some springbank associations.
    • Taste
      Unbelievable complex! Red fruits, cherries, strawberries maybe, chilli-catch, burns just a little bit. Also lemons, smoke, ripe tanderines.
    • Finish
      Long and intense, dry tongue, smoke. After a while mouth-watering, bitterness.

  43. Arquebus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    An excellent dram kindly shared by the staff at Bruichladdich from their last bottle out the back. Probably the best Octomore - certainly that I've tried. I love the smoke on this expression, soft smoked kippers, or burnt Christmas cake. I'm on the 6.3 at the moment (also great) and this one is a lot richer in style. The smell is like the emptied glass of the 6.3 the following day when the last drop has really oxidized and lingers in the bottom of the glass. 93/94 pts from me.

  44. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Best Octomore I tasted so far. Theses babys are getting better and better with age and maturity. All flavours are well integrated and are dancing in sync. On par with the 13yo from the MP series. This bottling is a milestone for Octomore. Try to get a sample at least, it's worth it. I hope they will not bottle every new release in these greedy little 500ml bottles.

  45. rottendon did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Although being integrated in the new Transparency concept, the recipe is not that transparent after all, but still, at least the ages are known, and remember: It's Black Art!

    [RECIPE TYPE]

    OBA

    [BATCH NO.]

    17 / 143

    [BOTTLED]

    2017

    A VATTING OF 10 CASKS, 4 VINTAGES, 1 BARLEY TYPE AND 6 CASK TYPES:

    [NO. CASKS]

    3

    [VINTAGE]

    2007

    [BARLEY ORIGIN]

    SCOTTISH MAINLAND

    [CASK TYPE]

    ?

    [NO. CASKS]

    4

    [VINTAGE]

    2006

    [BARLEY ORIGIN]

    SCOTTISH MAINLAND

    [CASK TYPE]

    ?

    [NO. CASKS]

    2

    [VINTAGE]

    2008

    [BARLEY ORIGIN]

    SCOTTISH MAINLAND

    [CASK TYPE]

    ?

    [NO. CASKS]

    1

    [VINTAGE]

    2002

    [BARLEY ORIGIN]

    SCOTTISH MAINLAND

    [CASK TYPE]

    ?

  46. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Definitely a great whisky. A beautiful composition, even if overcrowded
    • Nose
      Deep red fruits and smoke dominate the first nose, well integrated and still acceptable sulfur, dry red wine, dirty smoke, engine room, as if strawberry juice had been tipped over a burning car tire
    • Taste
      The sweet red fruits dominate first, but the smoke spreads immediately afterwards, the alcohol has a lot of strength, burnt raspberries
    • Finish
      Smoke, the red fruits are even thicker, this combination remains warming long in the mouth

  47. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  48. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  49. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Might be one of the best Octomore i have ever had! :-)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  50. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Very promising: The high alcohol content of 59.7% is perfectly integrated - no stinging or strong "cooling" in the nose. Powerful, dense camp fire smoke and ripe, red fruits stream towards me. The smoke is intense, but never wins the absolute aromatic upper hand. The red fruits are pushing forward, especially overripe cherries are clearly identifiable. A few strawberries, blackberries and blueberries join the sweet fruit basket. In the background, delicate woody notes and - I suspect - a subtle note of sulfur linger, because I can deceive myself, for lack of experience, but also.
    • Taste
      Very voluminous onset, the multi-layered aromas set in immediately. The mouthfeel is very oily and soft. After about 15 seconds noticeably astringent, similar to the Longrow RED Malbec Finish. In the second and third sip Malt is in the respect more pleasant and almost dangerously tasty. The smoke is also perfectly integrated in the taste and finds with the red fruits an impeccable balance on the pleasure wire rope. Slightly peppery on the tip of the tongue, the anterior mouth area is flooded with a pleasant sweetness. Cherries, blackberries, subtle citrus fruits (towards grapefruit) and juicy oranges are present. The spicy oak notes approach slowly, evoking associations with old cigar boxes. Salty dark chocolate adds the icing on the cake. There is much to discover here - even after the second and third sips I gain new impressions.
    • Finish
      Long to very long. The sweet fruits gradually fade. The strong campfire smoke craves the taste upper hand and holds it for a few minutes. The spicy notes of wood intensify with a slight dryness. Bitter notes I can only minimal determine. The empty glass with the last drop of Octomore just smells heavenly after 15-30 minutes.

  51. Unclimbability scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Colour: Amber

    Body: Full

    Nose: More of a PC, sulphurous smoke, Sherry, black cherry. Actually, it very much reminds me of a less sulphurous PC12. There’s a dark fruitiness but the sulphur is in balance and is entwined with the smoke.

    Water: More sweetness, more cherry, orange. Slightly floral after a minute, opens up.

    Taste: Intense, sulphur, Sherry, Cherry, black smoke, dirty bonfire. Builds. There’s a dirtiness to this I haven’t really had with other whiskies. It goes past earthiness.

    Water: Softer, goddamn awesome, really builds beautifully with cherry, bright orange, lovely oils and sulphurous smoke. Brighter and more building and balanced

    Finish: Long length. Back to sweetness with a kind of ashy, dirty, like literally dirt, digging around in the garden, glacé cherry.

    Water: Awesome, epic. Seriously great finish with water

    Oct at the top of its game, really good. Just about tops the 7.3 According to Adam Hannett, the youngest whisky is from 2007. 

    87/100

  52. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Character : Curiosity
    has led us to a release full of complexity; layered flavours that combine and
    overlap each other in a way we haven’t seen before in Octomore.

     

    Nose: The dark
    dried fruit and bitter chocolate combination on the nose is followed by an
    explosion on the palate.

     

    Palate:
    Dry peat smoke, spicy ginger, liquorice, then tea leaves and moist tobacco.
    Apricot and sea salt wrapped in a blanket of salty, smoky dried fruit.

     

    Mood: This
    whisky has deep, dark depths to discover. The
    complexity holds everything together, tightly bound and secret. A combination
    of the rarest spirit and casks we have.

     

    Finish:
    The finish is desperately long, the lingering flavours will twist and turn as
    they compete for the final word from this outrageous dram.

    (Tasting Notes:
    bruichladdich.com)

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