Octomore Edition 08.3 Masterclass / 309 PPM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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.
200 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L161622 17/181
Added on
08 Aug 2017 5:52 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 745.31

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 08.3 Masterclass / 309 PPM

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 points

  1. karloff scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    I am not an Octomore connoisseur as I have only tried a few but this is excellent stuff. Not sure about the price. Thanks to Peatbogger for the sample.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Yeah essence of Balrog having a barbecue in Hell. Strong chorizo meat. A well manured horses stable, I always get that note on the strong ones. Smokey bacon crisps The fruit notes are there but they are only slight. I was in my whisky room nosing this with the door shut and my wife could smell it as she walked past on her way to bed. "What is this new devilry "
    • Taste
      92 92
      I would never guess this was 61%. Even after giving it a good chew there is hardly any burn and it goes down easy. I wouldn't say this was a real peat smack in the mouth, more like a few jabs. The fruit notes are more noticeable in the taste than on the nose. In fact it is very well balanced believe it or not.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish as you would expect is very long. In fact I will probably still taste it in the morning. And again those fruit notes are even more prominent on the death.

  2. 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.

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    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!

  4. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Old gold in color with haphazard legs, and little in the way of beading.

    Nose: Aside from a blast of tangy peat smoke, I’m picking up scents of old books, leather, butter caramel, limestone, blue cheese crumbles, smoked salmon, hazelnut, white grape, sweet bourbon, and a faint whisper of mint (which is usually found in 18-plus year single malt Scotch whiskies). Perhaps refill wood that formerly had housed older whiskies was used in this Octomore’s aging process for some of the casks?

    Palate: The dominating peat presence is not unexpected for a whisky with over 300 ppm! The peat is multiform, rather than merely uniform. Within an outer shell of dried bog-on-fire, one catches hints of burning briar wood, burning driftwood, and even the glowing end of a lit sage stick. Yes, and there’s also a “gourmet” bong resin type thing going on. Hmm. Am I allowed to say that? In my younger years, I roomed with hipsters who left funny looking contraptions lying around, but of course I never attempted to use one.

    Aside from peat, peat, and more peat . . . let’s explore what else the elemental spirit has to offer. I’m also getting pan-fried rattle snake, black truffle, wasabi, dried seaweed, baker’s chocolate, maraschino cherry, bergamot, sawdust, used motor oil, and an Australian oilskin jacket exhumed from the grave of Ned Kelly.

    All told, such a diverse spectrum of flavors makes for a very unique tasting experience. As for the length of this “undead” finish, it will keep haunting your mouth like vampire blood–that is, unless you decide to brush your teeth, gargle with mouthwash, and bless yourself with holy water.

  5. 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.

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Massive, characteristic, bouncy whisky. Oh! He will not remain indifferent. Whisky at full volume!
    • Nose
      Chemical, industrial, vegetable, plastic, bonfire, peat, burned rubber, smoked fish, vanilla, raisins, metallic nuances, mushroom soup, sour farm notes, perfume-rich, plasticine, needles, smoke, eucalyptus, lime, figs, figs, figs background of dried fruits, toaster cheese with bacon. Very rich, powerful.
    • Taste
      Sour, smoked, very knit, deafening, meaty, peaty, salty.
    • Finish
      Warms, thick, smoky, peaty, meaty fried sherpa, brackish, long lasting.

  9. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A dusty attic with dry creosote-soaked sleepers, flowers and peppery smoked meats.

    RATING: 90pts - [n23,t23,f22,b22] → |90-92: Excellent|

  10. MrDvorak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 89pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The rich and salty nose reminds me of a dusty attic with touches of smoky fried bacon and creosoted railway sleepers.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is well-textured, quite dry and mouthcoating with fried bacon, vanilla, smoky citruses and mango.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is medium-long, quite sweet and meaty with notes of smoked peppery meat and coffee.


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