Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Bourbon Barrels
59.1 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2017 5:45 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 118.50

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Oc4 ElD

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.45 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    “Whiskyfun.com: 91 points (10/26/2017)

    Oc4 2010/2017 (59.1%, Specialty Drinks, Elements of Islay, 2017) Five starsThem too seem to be starting to disclose the ages and/or the vintages, because they know that NAS is for street drinkers, air travellers, and the unlearned! (watch it S., weapons are on open sale in some countries…) By the way, how many ppms? Not that we really need that bit of information… Colour: white wine. Nose: we’ll keep this short, there’s less••¥ oak, hence more distillate character. So cactus juice, brake pads after a run, the engine of an old two-stroke Kawasaki, and the most wonderful ideas of ‘a walk on Machir Bay or elsewhere’. Never burry a great distillate under too much stoopid active oak! With water: oh! Mouth (neat): f***k it. A lemony blade. With water: JohnCage’s favourite. There isn’t much complexity, it’s even kinqd of narrow and even thin, but you cannot not think of some super-young funky Jamaican rums, with this extreme briny/smoky unfolding. Finish: blood oranges. Can’t beat those. Comments: this reminds me of that old Scottish saying that anyone should remember, in my opinion, “What’s the best you can do to a good cask of whisky? -Nothing.” You can’t beat popular wisdom. Checkmate! SGP:468 - 91 points.

  2. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    The most heavily peated of all the spirits on Islay, Octomore showcases maritime and fruity notes among a dense and smoky character. Oc4 is a marriage of three bourbon barrels from 2010, showing sweet malty notes intertwined with powerful smoke.

    Cask details;
    Distillate from the 2010 matured in three bourbon barrels.

    Tasting Notes;

    Clean, with pine smoke and lemongrass. Juniper and fennel seeds make for an intense aromatic experience, with the distillate clearly in the foreground and wood in the background. Of course there is medicinal peatiness, and lots of it.

    White pepper and intense peat reek sit up front. The texture is rich and oily, and while there is heat from the strength, it is all in the background. There is something almost mezcal like about this whisky, run through with smoked juniper and iodine.

    Warm and tangy with flavours of well-cooked meat.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very exciting, own Octomore times, definitely an interesting addition to any Octo collection.
    • Nose
      Very strange, very green, pine forest, mixed with herb garden, softwood, capers, olive, fennel, cumin, chestnut, oregano, rosemary
    • Taste
      Menthol, a lot of mint, fennel, cardamom, cumin, nettle tea, ricola, brown sugar, bitter orange, honey, elderflower, black pepper, allspice, malt
    • Finish
      Sweet, subtle peat and herbs, menthol, dark malt, long

  4. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I love Octomore, and this was the "worst" one I've had so far in terms of complexity. And by "worst" I mean it's still very very good. It needs time in the bottle once opened, but you'll be rewarded.
    • Nose
      Lemony, farmy peat, honey, dry oak spice.
    • Taste
      Farmy peat, honey, oily, lemon, spice.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet peat and drying spice.

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=318 Color: sunlight Nose: Sweet smoky peat with lots of honey and "rope". Slightly peppery and bubbly and relatively young in the nose. The fruit content is determined by limes, lemons and oranges. Apart from the salt, the spice is otherwise of a modest nature. Taste: Sweet, alcoholic, spicy and now spicy. The smoke is directly attached and is accompanied by medicinal phenols and fat peat. Hot lemon, chili, red pepper, china grass and a lot of white pepper. The salt content is enormous and vibrant on the palate. Finish: Very long - still spicy and full in salt, with heavy peat notes, sweetish brew, wet coal and ash. The finish is provided with phenols and a lot of smoke. 88 points N: 87P / G: 89P / F: 88P

  6. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose: 4/5, 3/5 with water. Palate: 3/5, 4/5 with water.
    Final: 3/5 Whisky n ° 1524
    • Nose
      Frank smoke, butter biscuit. Lemon, iodine, bandages. Herbs growing in strength. (I dare not write that I thought mezca because we will believe that I copied on the official notes)
      A metallic side. Malt and vanilla complete the picture.
      With water, simpler, more blurred too, with only malt and salted butter caramel.
    • Taste
      Oily, intense on peat and toffee. Alcohol not violent.
      With water, juicier, we have citrus, it is more chiseled, more legible. A young spicy malt very well done.
    • Finish
      Like the mouth.
      FInal softer with water


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