Octomore Edition 02.1 / 2_140

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ochdamh-mor 140 PPM
Stated Age
05 years old
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
62.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Jul 2009 10:58 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 446.90

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 02.1 / 2_140

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.65 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Best neat, and probably the right choice for fans of bourbons.
    Tasted with the following Octomores: 01.1 (85 pts.), 02.2 (84), 03.1 (82), 04.1 (88), and 04.2 (83). While 04.1 was my favourite, Nearly half of the attending tasters voted 02.2 their top dram of the night.

    Some interesting tidbits mentioned during the tasting: There are among other factors two pretty big ones for why Octomore's peat tastes the way it does. The first is that all the peat is from the mainland, as Octomore does not use Port Ellen maltings or Islay peat. The second is that Bruichladdich's stills are loaded only to around 60% capacity and driven very carefully, so there is a lot of copper contact going on, which explains why the whisky's stated PPM level does not translate directly to the level of peatiness you experience when nosing and tasting it.

    In retrospect tasting 6 cask strength Octomores was the most difficult tasting I've ever been in. If regular peated Islay whisky can at times provide magnificent detail and contrast comparable to the Dutch master painters, having nothing but Octomore feels like trying to replicate a Rembrandt with a paint roller. The loudness of the phenols and the tight ABV clog the senses, so I could only finish the glass I deemed the best, and had to let my overworked nose and palate rest after that. An interesting experience in total, but I don't think I want to do it again.
    • Nose
      Tarry and woodsmoky, but the bourbonwood isn't as big on the nose as in 1.01. A little citric and farmy, with a smidgen of flour. With water: a supermarket pickle tank. Becomes dryer and less vivid. Seems better neat.
    • Taste
      The body's rounder and richer than 1.01. A good amount of bourbon (almost like a Scottish-American blend), engine oil, and tons of turfy peat. Sweet tar candy. Sadly, water kicks it in the teeth and takes the fight out of it completely.
    • Finish
      Chalky and bourbon sweet. With water: ashy tar.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1319
    • Nose
      Bacon smoked to death! The bourbon cask is trying to make its way, but it is hardly worth it! Saline. And here is the malt!
    • Taste
      Fire fire, ultra-intense. but not violent! A little dry. So many spices on the tip of the tongue! (pepper)
    • Finish
      Very long !

  3. Cast Olila scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  4. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: A spirit for peatophiles. The most heavily peated single malt in the world but with a gentler side which evolves as time goes by.

    Colour: Winter sun/Lemon grass.

    Nose: Without water aromas of peat fires. iodine, burning heather and oily, sea-encrusted rope. Opening up to notes of Hawthorn, Birch, Myrtle and Juniper. Adding water, the Myrtle mint oiliness moves forward, clearing the path for notes of green apple and pine needle.

    Palate: A total tempest of peaty marine spirit that leaves the palate mesmerised. Awesome does not even come close! The power of the spirit is as phenomenal as it is phenolic. It crashes onto the palate in a tidal wave of smoke, engulfing the senses with a mind-blowing whirlpool of Islay character.

    Finish: 24 hours is about right!

    Mood: Braveheart. Pugnacious, ready to take on the world. Face the monster and enjoy what is a totally unique experience.

  6. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Just 5 years old, aged in bourbon casks, and with a phenol level of a whopping 140 ppm, the nose on this is peat, peat, and more peat! There are also traces of ash, licorice, and a slightly medicinal note. The taste is best described as a nuclear peat explosion, but retains its overall smoothness with a slight creaminess and notes of garden soil, vanilla, and a slight ashiness as the peat fades. Water adds a touch of cocoa. The finish is long and smoky with a touch of chili powder, and the overall impression is one of great balance with dimensions other than peatiness.

  7. molar3rd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Color : Pale straw. quite light in color, as most of the young Islays which have not been to sherry casks.

    Nose : Smoke (no surprise here) , ash, sweet touches too (Laddie or not laddie?) , Wet stable (Someone who rides horses came today with their wet boots, and they smelled just like this one. i swear!). I love the nose on this one.

    Palate : can you spell Kabooom?! what a powerful palate. Atom bomb kind of. Bam! in your face, the peat is Huge, but sweet notes on the side of the tongue do penetrate. Definitely some coffee notes (as Serge notes) and wet cereal sweetness developing into ashtray ash. This baby is anything but one-dimensional. Well Balanced . (if you can say thaty about something so peaty by nature)

    Finish : Loooooooooooooooong. Looooooooooooong. amazingly long, with some dark chocolate notes on the bitter finish combining well with ASH. have you ever licked an ashtray and then eaten dark 80% chocolate? This is the feeling i am getting here.

    Overall : Wonderful dram. At first i was a bit surprised by the sweet nose, as i had expected RAW peat (like the Nova) , but the more and more i visit this one (Happily i have a bottle) i love it even more. I won’t drink it daily, but hey – when i am in the mood for some strong and yummy peat, this is my go-to dram.



  8. markkerr02 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2096%20Jim%20McEwan.html Test 096: Bruicladdich with Jim McEwan - 091204
    The whisky tested: Glass 1 Bruichladdich 2001 Resurrection, 46%, 557 kr 10 points
    Glass 2 Bruichladdich Organic 5YO / 2003, 46%, 589 kr 13 points
    Glass 3 Bruichladdich X4 + 3, 63.5%, 757 kr 29 points
    Glass 4 Bruichladdich PX 1992, 46%, 749 kr 109 points
    Glass 5 Cameronbridge Grain 1974, 48.3%, Celtic Heartlands, 1400 kr 67 points
    Glass 6 Port Charlotte PC8, 60.5%, 989 kr 99 points
    Glass 7 Octomore II, 140 ppm, 62.5%, 1289 kr 21 points
    Glass 8 Bruichladdich Peat, 46% (Highland Toast), 447 kr 9 points Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Apparently, I was so fascinated by Jim that I forgot listing and score on a pair of whiskys. Octomore II, 140 ppm, 62.5%
    Color: Light gold
    Scent: Smoke - a different smoke against other smoky whiskys that I can not describe
    Taste: Smoke - smoke, vanilla tones, chocolate
    Aftertaste: Long with smoke and chocolate, apple tones; good aftertaste
    Score: 86

  9. barryfox915 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Straw
    Nose: Very heavily peated, tarry, on warm ashes, with some
    bold peat, maritime, on kelps and roots.
    Taste: Dry, very peaty, salty, very astringent, maritime,
    fragrant, on burnt algae and roots, tar and rusted iron. The finish is medium to
    long, dry, clean, very peaty, maritime and on cold ashes, with a very long peaty
    General Impression: A quite different beast from the first
    official release of Octomore, peatier and more mature, but rather simple.
    Promising, but it would benefit of a few extra years of maturation. If you want
    a blast from barley peated at 140 ppm, you won't be disappointed by this



  10. Austin.Foster scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84


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