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Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1

Overall rating
90.11/100
votes
224
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
26.05.2017
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

€ 519,49

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.11 points

  1. 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

  2. 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]

    ?

  3. 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.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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.

  7. schero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  8. Dude1971 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Torgeir4 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  10. 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

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