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Octomore Edition 08.3 Masterclass / 309 PPM

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley
Stated Age
05 years old
56% full-term ex-Bourbon, 44% full-term Europ
Number of bottles
61.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L161622 17/181
Added on
08 Aug 2017 5:45 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 320,83

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280 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 08.3 Masterclass / 309 PPM

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.96 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly fruity Octomore and one of the best I have tried so far. It will set you back almost 200 EUR though, which is quite expensive.
    • Nose
      Wonderful nose, which is not scorching at all, on goat stable, beef jerky, caramel and a truckload of juicy honey. Loads of tropical fruit too. Dill, thym, mint. Mango, dried apricots, sultanas. All of this wrapped in a blanket of soothing smoke. What a pleasant surprise!
    • Taste
      It is wonderfully creamy and sweet, but also very smoky. You can actually taste barley sugar, tropical fruit and green herbs, while the smoke intensifies. Chewing tobacco, dark chocolate, orange marmalade, honey and eucalyptus. Delicious.
    • Finish
      In the very long finish, I get some ashes and toasted oak, liquorice and smoke, while the sweet fruit dominates until the death.

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Class! An outstanding nose. Altogether there are 89 points.
    • Nose
      Sweet, musty-cheesy bacon. Smoke is there, but tamed. Caramel. That's cute! Apple almonds, embers, sugar-fryed herbs - always with the cheesy seasoning. The alcohol pushes the sweet nose forward, but without disturbing it. Water : Now it is getting absurdly soft. Smoke? Where are you? Cheese, hello!
    • Taste
      Where is the Islay? HERE! In the mouth the bomb hits. Glowing coal, immense smoke and a sweetness that can no longer - as in the nose - dominate. But she does not give up and conquers the taste buds in the Nachschmecken. Water : Now the palate is tame, almost unspectacular.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly ashy, very sweet and subtly spicy.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    From an Octomore you should always expect something extreme, so what do you expect from the most extreme Octomore?
    All there is to say; if you enjoy Octomore, this one doesn't disappoint.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Smoky, oh yes.
      Cured meat, dark chocolate.
      Give it and yourself some time, and it is surprisingly fruity.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Mindblowing acomplishment for the peathead.
      Very drinkable neat, but quite a bit tastier with a drop or two of water.
      Tar, rubber, tobacco, leather, meat.
      Surprisingly sweet, with quite a few fruits.
    • Finish
      93 93
      At the edge of extremely long.
      Slow fade of smoke and spice, it sticks and goes on and on.
      Don't start the evening with this one if you have anything else in the line-up.

  4. Misery scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Fine, nontrivial, tasty. Gorgeous secondary and tertiary aromatics, layered. Layers replace each other quite often creating an overall picture of a very non-standard peat drink. This is not like everything I drank before. It is advisable to let him stand, so he played.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Smoky peat, multi-layered, dried old sleepers soaked in creosote, a dusty closet, smoked meat, some kind of sea tickling freshness and sometimes just dumped into wateriness, salty caramel, cinnamon, various smoky stories and pepper, fine.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweetness, on the tip of the tongue salt, pepper, spices, ash, smoked balyk, black tea, thyme.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, like a perpetual motion machine, herbs, smoked meats, pickles.

  5. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    For me this one oxidizes differently than all other Octomores; when first opened I rated it a 93, now four weeks later a 91. It seems to have lost a bit of its intense flavour but the power is still there. Never has an Octomore dropped it's quality over time after being opened, until this one. Next time when I open another, I may have to down it over three consecutive nights to fully enjoy the whole bottle.

    Edit; It's now 8 weeks later and it's more like when I first opened it. Fantastic stuff!!!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet-smoke, caramel, citrus, coconut-surgar, milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Thick-liquid-candy-smoke, coconut-surgar, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium-long, a little rougher after 4 weeks of oxidization than when first opened. Had to add a couple of drops of water to help this go down. Still very tasty!

  6. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    No detailed notes, but as an afterdram to a tasting of 6 Cadenhead blends, this one felt very simple and didn't impress me much. An oily body akin to the current Local Barley Springbanks, but neither the nose nor the taste were particularly complex, and a certain farminess ruined it some for me. Neat it smelled like smoked tangerines, but water brought out the farm, which in some contexts (Brora) works great, but in the case of Octomore, the more it's present, the more I'm turned off.
    Maybe I was just expecting too much?

  9. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Torgeir4 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior


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