Octomore Edition 08.3 Masterclass / 309 PPM

Overall rating
89.11/100
votes
462
Whiskybase ID
WB99307
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Barley
Vintage
2011
Bottled
23.10.2017
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
56% full-term ex-Bourbon, 44% full-term Europ
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
61.2 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L161622 17/181
Barcode
5055807406192
Added on
08 aug 2017 5:52 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1042.71

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 08.3 Masterclass / 309 PPM

73 users have left 77 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.11 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.

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  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

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

  4. Heppie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Emptied my fourth bottle. After every sip I am amazed about this. The whisky is perfect in balance. To bad I have 2 bottles left!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. SereneScotchDevotee scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    Drinking an Octomore 08.3 is an awesome experience: it smells sweet and soft. And the peat: it explodes in your mouth, but it tastes much less smoky than the ppm would suggest. The strongest charistic is the intense vanilla taste - the creamy vanilla taste is awesome. And how did they get these complex flavors with only 8 years maturity? The finish is loooooooong - very very peaty and spicy. To be more precise the finish is very very very long: the Octomore needs to be the last whisky that you drink on a day, you cannot top it with another whisky. In the next morning, after waking up, you will still taste the peaty finish. Amazing. An outstanding whisky.

  6. bankimate scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In terms of taste, this is nowhere near the smokiest whisky in the world, otherwise decent, no off-notes and drinkable without water, but I've had better Octomores
    • Nose
      incredibly dense, a lot of caramel, slightly burned, as often with Octomore not even that much smoke, because of the smokiest whisky in the world ;-) , mango and passion fruit, creamy, really nice and smooth, some citrus, a little malty, slightly floral, mint leaves grated between the fingers, some cinnamon, pastries, the cold smoke increases a little over time
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, intense, good punch, more smoke here, ashy, lemon, slightly tart, more dry than sweet, floral, cinnamon, unripe apple, the second sip is sweeter at first, slightly yellow fruit, sour, grapefruit, then becomes it drier again
    • Finish
      nutty, citrus, vanilla and cookie dough, slightly floral, hardly any smoke

  8. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Certainly a wild mf, but for me - and in comparison to the 6.3 especially this one lacked finesse and a certain elegance other Octomores displayed. This one's on the pedestal for highest ppm I think and hence the secondary market price, but it is not the best Octomore for me. That being said I wouldn't turn down a dram, it's still darn good for what it is (a young peater that understands to mask its age through ppm and good casking).

  9. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Peat surge. Like a tidal wave, it floods the nostrils. Pure peat, not really smoked or marinated, just a little vegetal. It's a blast, an earthquake. But very quickly, vinous fragrances set in. And it's as if the peat slipped away, to highlight a gourmet, fruity wine, with icing sugar, Mirabelle plum, Reine-Claude, lemon pulp, lychee, pineapple, grapefruit. We guess the coal and the soot in the background, the peat returns, even more violent. With the addition of water, it takes on its full extent, iodine is invited, something earthy, cereal, which is added to pastry cream, sponge cake, fruit. Crispy honey cookies. Sourdough bread. The hot crumb. On the palate, very slight astringent acidity, then it is sweet, and the spices settle in, cumin, pepper, paprika, curry, saffron. Tomato, peach, melon, red berries. Very long finish, on mango, then spices, finally wood, very sparkling, cola, ends on dry land, a trail of charcoal, pinch of fine salt, chocolate milk. Apricot, persimmon.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/12/octomore-2011-masterclass-083-islay.html
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  13. MrDvorak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Rich and salty, dusty, well-textured, quite dry
    w/ notes of dusty attic with touches of smoky fried bacon and creosoted railway sleepers.

    RATING: 89pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  14. Salapao scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Nose: overworked chimney sweeper, poorly nighwatched morgue, cigarette filter, scorched hay, rectum, bad gutter, lardons, smoked herbs, BBQ cleaning wipe, cleansed ashtray, swamp boots, butcher's fingernail, post box, spring onion pancake, old cheese, long-forgotten book, under-used room.

    Taste: Extreme peat, but there is smoothness and the worrisome alcohol content is cloaked. Burning feet, almond, flowers stuck in bog.

    Finish: everlasting, invasive, obnoxious, delirium, doom.

  15. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. W_W scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    309 PPM... What an experience! Very powerful peated malt. At the end, you feel like this is the desert in your mouth, but with dark chocolate notes.

  17. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My favourite of all Octomores. Powerfull neat but not too strong, chocolate, a bit medicinal and that intense dry sweet smoke in the finish... superb

  18. herby.usa scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Otomore - one of my favorite whiskys.
    The smokiness is very balanced compared to the "information". Personally, I concentrate on the x.3 bottlings.
    • Nose
      Sweetness pours out of the jar (honey, cotton candy, vanilla)
      And then comes the bacon smoke that I love so much (freshly made bacon).
      The alcohol content pushes through but not at all disturbing.
      Spiciness and a citrus scent join in.
      It takes time in the glass: toffees mix with leather and old cheese.
      With water it opens up more and more and shows its complexity of bacon, maritime and sweetness.
    • Taste
      Immediately a warming tingling mouthfeel.
      The sweetness kicks in, but is overlaid by the dominant smoked bacon. Pepperiness (ginger, chilli spice) is evident (certainly also due to the alcohol content).
      And now it becomes oily / supple. Vanilla and honey mix with bacon and smoke.
      Yummy Yummy Yummy!
    • Finish
      Long-lasting:
      Warming, bacon and smoke

      Without water: only in very small portions
      With water: for me it loses taste.

  19. praguebar scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  20. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Cyril31 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke with leather and honey. But when you stop moving the glass you can have a mould or a smoked fish smell.
    • Taste
      smoke vanilla with old wood
    • Finish
      Very powerful finish with alcohol and very long.

  22. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dry peat smoke, generally dry character.
    At first the wine shines through with red fruits, over time the malt becomes more and more dry. Nice combination of distant fruits and smoke.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dry peat smoke, generally dry character.
      At first the wine shines through with red fruits, over time the malt becomes more and more dry.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong saltiness, as well as neat maritime notes and very strong smoke, slightly fruity, citrus notes, beautiful fresh and light fruits come through over time. Behind it, still strong and maritime smoke. Campfire and dry ashes.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dry smoke, light fruits, sweet citrus notes, some toasted caramel. Tremendous dry ash again.

  23. maltandgrains scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      High amounts of solvent right in with the peat. Citric, grassy.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Peaty and dry. Vinous, grassy. Slightly citric.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long. Woody bitterness, slightly rubbery. Then finally some sweetness and caramel emerges.

  24. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, citrus fruit, maritime notes, cheese, vanilla and subtle honey. Moderately complex. Very dry in taste. Alcohol is well integrated and has a relatively heavy body.

  25. jackteo scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  26. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Delivers the classic Octomore peat punch, with extra meaty, salty, and savoury notes. The finish is a bit shorter than I'd like, and the wine notes don't come through so clearly. Not quite as good as 7.3, but a great Octomore without a doubt.

    Nose: Rich, savoury smoke. Beer-soaked grilled bratwursts, lobster stock, green onions, and sharp old cheddar. Cheddar cheese biscuits? Chlorine! Sweet fruit: peaches in syrup, yellow plums, and tangerine zest. Plenty of malted barley and cereal sweetness. Some vanilla, charred marshmallows, milk chocolate, and lemon tea. Woodsy notes of green plants, cedar, and herbs de provence. Smoked seafood and tidewater pools.

    Palate: Oily texture. Smoked lemon zest, roasted barley, and salted butter on the arrival, followed swiftly by an absolute peat smack. Lots of intense, sooty smoke, iodine, moss, and wet rocks. The sweet notes come in next: peach pie a la mode, gooseberries, starfruit, passionfruit mango, and candied flowers. More old cheddar cheese and lobster, dusted with black pepper. Loads of burnt sugar. Honeycomb, salumi, figs, nuts, and dried herbs. A whole charcuterie board!

    Finish: Medium, turning quite sweet. Burnt sugar and braised carrots. Well-salted chicken stock and herbs. Dark chocolate and sweet cereals. Pomegranate and starfruit. More peach cobbler a la mode. Aged balsamic and ginger. Avocado?

  27. knievel scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Quite an experience, but not overwhelming. Everything is perfectly integrated... My favorite Octo so far!

  28. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - a very good malt, better taste than the 8.1
    but behind the 8.2
    - however P / L for € 280 disaster (not included in the rating)
    Too expensive to drink.
    • Nose
      very powerful, intense first impression, surprisingly little smoke, smells creamy, sweet, vanilla, caramel
    • Taste
      oW: the 61.2% are clear and directly noticeable, vanilla, caramel, but urgently needs water;

      mW: still very intense, vanilla, slightly spicy, creamy, buttery, fudge
    • Finish
      medium-long intense finish;
      very long strong but only slightly smoky aftertaste

  29. TechnOBY scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. 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.

  31. Svenoctomore scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    For me, it is the absolutely best Whisky in the world.

  32. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely loving it, 89 now. The bottle has been opened for over 2 years and the taste has developed into a more silky sweet texture.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. Iso scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    Bieng. Frankly, it's good. Very good. No, he's fine.

  34. roch73 scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    Whisky for extremist and integrists

  35. 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.

  36. butt scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet vanilla, follow quickly by sweet peat, honey, toffee. Very little medicinal notes floating at the background.

      (With water) more coal ashes, salty steam pork, with some white fruits sweetness
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet tar, coal, oily, very sharp and turns abit bitter at the end. Without water with such high abv and ppm it numbs and dry your mouth.

      (With water) more coal, peat, lemon, sandalwood, with vanilla sweetness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, spicy with lemon and coffee bitterness

  38. Mr.Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful Octomore from Bruichladdich. However, the smells is way better than the taste. Still lovely!
    • Nose
      I smell directly strong smoked ham and a lot of sweetness from this increcible wine casks composition. However, after adding some drops of water the whisky smells even more sweet and reveals notes of vanilla and fruits.
    • Taste
      Without water I taste a very strong ashy smoke with sweetness. With water the taste is fruity, a bit soapy, floral, and malty.
    • Finish
      The finish is smoke and meaty. With water the finish is sweet with cold ash, pepper and some coffee.

  39. Sandman23 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Intense peat smoke, chocolate, vanilla, pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      91 91
      Earthy, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, slightly honey
    • Finish
      91 91
      medium and pleasant

  41. 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.

  42. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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?

  43. 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|

  44. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Pornhub scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

  46. Stoni scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Just awesome!

  47. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N- Oozing of phenol with heavy splash of ink initially. Rather nervous starts with doses soapiness, that aside, good malt that swims well on the hefty strength, Horlicks, burn leaf, herb-y peat and even some flower petals nuance, may not be very 'Islay', but no problem, as it is still rich and all well. Hazelnut chocolate, smoked liquorice and quite a nice treat of Chinese waxed sausage. Sweet nutty underlay, as Surge described it best as Satay Sauce. But can't seem to air out disturbing soapy powder fragrant smells. (86/20)

    P- Very good texture reveals as the liquid dissolved on the palate, sweetness that linger well with spicy ginger, wasabe, toasted oak and vanilla. Meaty and well build, full, traces of roasted nuts. (87/21)

    F- Medium-long, smooth, echoing dry mouthfeel with spicy strength linger on. Minty. Wee short on depth. (87/21)

    B/B- 87/21

    Cereal- 1, Fruity- 1, Floral- 2, Peaty- 4, Feint- 3, Sulphur- 0, Woody- 2, Winery- 3

    Weighted Rate- 83pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Oozing of phenol with heavy splash of ink initially. Rather nervous starts with doses soapiness, that aside, good malt that swims well on the hefty strength, Horlicks, burn leaf, herb-y peat and even some flower petals nuance, may not be very 'Islay', but no problem, as it is still rich and all well. Hazelnut chocolate, smoked liquorice and quite a nice treat of Chinese waxed sausage. Sweet nutty underlay, as Surge described it best as Satay Sauce. But can't seem to air out disturbing soapy powder fragrant smells. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Very good texture reveals as the liquid dissolved on the palate, sweetness that linger well with spicy ginger, wasabe, toasted oak and vanilla. Meaty and well build, full, traces of roasted nuts. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, smooth, echoing dry mouthfeel with spicy strength linger on. Minty. Wee short on depth. (87/21)

      B/B- 87/21

      Cereal- 1, Fruity- 1, Floral- 2, Peaty- 4, Feint- 3, Sulphur- 0, Woody- 2, Winery- 3

      Weighted Rate- 83pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  48. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    309PPM! This I think is the new world record, and broke their previous record held by Oct6.1. Surprisingly not very peaty on the nose, same as other 8 series. But! It’s so beautifully crafted like other 8 series as well.

    Craft whisky it is!
    • Nose
      Was expecting a lot of peat but wow! It’s so beautiful crafted, salted bacon, honey, over ripe fruits especially pear, vanilla. Hints of smoke(?) After breath for 5 minutes, coal, wet soil, caramelise salted bacon. After 10 minutes, new leather shoe and dried sweaty shirt. Erm, where is the peat-quake?
    • Taste
      Coal ashes, salty stir fried pork, pear in between. With water all of the above with hints of salted honey lemonade.
    • Finish
      Medium long with coal ashes bitterness and some vanilla sweetness.

  49. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is an one of the best for peat lovers. Peat smoke, creosote, sweet fruits, dust, perfume, salt and light rottenness of ripe fruits notes on nose. Creosote, dust, pepper, sweet fruits, dry hay notes on palate. Creosote, pepper, oak, sweet fruits, wet wood, sleepers notes on long finish. This whisky is strongly peated, tasty and interesting.

  50. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Photo 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!

  51. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful peaty, without the smokiness. If someone wants to know the difference between peat and peatsmoke: give them an Octomore, and an Ardbeg.

  52. DrBardamu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  53. Zumbar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  54. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    08.3, the peat monster. 309.1 ppm no you're not dreaming! The most peated Octomore to date, they say. Do they really intend to do more someday ?! My initial question was the following, at this level of intensity, is it still noticeable for the taste buds? This edition was produced from the barley land James Brown harvested in 2010. A particularly difficult year since the harvest had to be shared a little despite the farmer with geese and deer. That it does not hold every drop from these grains will count in 2011 will be said on Islay. A version that will experience an interesting ripening, for 56% in bourbon barrels first filling to start. Then will be added barrels of Paulliac, Ventoux, the Rhone and Burgundy, to complete the picture. Here we can clearly speak about the devil's cooking, this whisky was melted in its forges in order to fascinate our poor souls in perdition. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: We have here a very sweet, gourmet nose, which develops aromas of chocolate, caramel, and nougat. Compared to the announced ppm volume, I do not find it more smoky than another Octomore. I believe we have exceeded a threshold, beyond which the intensity is no longer perceptible. That said, it is present and totally devolved to a deeply medicinal character. There is also this vinous style, fresh, that I could discover on the version 07.3, with Joanne Brown in June 2016. An article that I join below. Alcohol is totally integrated, sublime from this point of view. Then there is a mixture of notes of leather, tobacco that works very well.
    • Taste
      Palate: With an admirable sweetness at first, the mouth will slowly gain volume, character. It will nevertheless remain very greasy, almost milky, with wood and its spices, but also always these vinous influences. The peat is a moist soil with hints of medicine, will evolve to chocolate, red fruits, but also something that is more fishing. There will be on the lips a residual salt rather nice.
    • Finish
      Final: Dry, going for a deep, woody bitterness. Here from my point of view too close to what bother me in the barrels of Burgundy. But this will dissipate, while keeping a juniper side, bitter on the strong coffee, barely counterbalanced by orange paste.

  55. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    17-12-2017
    • Nose
      71 71
      oak, smoke, peat
    • Taste
      72 72
      cherries, exotic fruits
    • Finish
      70 70
      smoke

  56. Gere scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoky yes even a little bit of ash to start then comes very nice caramel sweetness added. After a long smell, fruit notes easily appear. Maybe mango, but certainly slightly roasted aromas.
    • Taste
      The start is sweet and with power, but immediately comes the peat note and bitterness. Then unfold a wholesome sweetness of roasted malt and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Brown sugar and caramel followed by malt and toasted aromas. The smoke is a constant pleasant companion.

  57. Rainers scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  58. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  59. zaphod155 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    https://www.talkingaboutwhisky.de/2018/04/26/quick-notes-octomore-masterclass-08-3-309-ppm/ 

  60. zaphod155 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little undecided whisky. Sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter. Always alternating.
    • Nose
      Strong, maritime smoky notes and some smoked meat. Then comes the vanilla, thyme honey, eucalyptus and dark chocolate. Over time, the smoke is a bit ashier. In addition there are cherry sweets (these little red cherry lollies with the green stalk of yesteryear). Slowly, some wood gets through.
    • Taste
      For the alcohol strength very soft, creamy and sweet onset. A lot of vanilla cream with fruit compote (pear, peach), slightly nutty. Then spicy. Dark chocolate. Water bring some malt sugar to light.
    • Finish
      Long. Honey sweet and bittersweet in exchange.

  61. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Octomore as it lives and lives, interesting thing.
    • Nose
      Very finely concentrated Octomore smoke, very typical, old bacon, brown sugar a little behind, paprika, nutmeg and black pepper, with some dry herbs and kitchen. Apple peel, the alcohol is noticeable
    • Taste
      Very voluminous, algae chips, nice sweetness, brown sugar, herbal honey and young oak, ashes, peppers and still warm coal
    • Finish
      Long, warming, again more sweetness with dry herbs, oregano, autumn leaves, some ashes

  62. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Easy to drink and surprisingly fruity Octomore, the 309 ppm phenol is not exaggerated.
    • Nose
      Caramel, honey and exotic fruits. Meat desk, antique skin and mint.
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy. Honey, mixed fruit jam, cocoa, tobacco, herbals and mint.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, smoky.

  63. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    One of the better octomores I had.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  65. 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.

  66. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  67. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    rich sweet grains, rich bourbon, touch of wine, really spicy, hints of salt, and that intense blast of peat that always hits the spot for peatheads

  68. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  69. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    tasted this one together with the Octomore 8.1. allthough younger this one was more balanced. the usual intense peat note was well mingeling with sweet citrus and vanilla notes. The ABV was extremley well integrated. so another very nice and well done Ocotomore. Fine dram!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

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

    More info : 

    https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/latest-news/15546/octomore-08-3-is-world-s-peatiest-scotch/

  71. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  72. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.

  73. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly sweet and "not peaty" for 309ppm (like the 6.3 version). But the cigar punch after a few seconds tells you a different story. Herbal and very fruity at the same time. The 6.3 and the 8.3 version are in my opinion on the same quality level (almost). The alcohol concerning this version is very well coverd (6.3 had a few more edges) but the fruity part is very well played by the 8.3.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Cooked Beef Jerky. Thyme, mint, heather, a touch of smoke covered by a bunch of caramel, honey, very well guarded (exactly like the 6.3 version). Sweet yellow and tropical fruits and grapes (more grapy than the 6.3 version). 
    • Taste
      Smoke! Herbal vegetation punch, earthy, tobacco, tar, cigar punch, dark chocolate but also a lot of fruits (yellow fruits, some melons).
    • Finish
      Long. Liquorice, herbals, ashes, some sweet pepper and oak.

  74. MadScientist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  75. edhunter15 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This Octomore shows a very nice combination of strong aromatic smoke, sweet vanilla and fruit, interesting cereal notes and a maritime saltiness. Here, as in the 6.3, can build up an enormous complexity here, without the smoke (not less than 309ppm) overpowers. On the contrary! Much more flattering the whisky with very aromatic bright fruits and sweet and spicy vanilla notes. Compared to the Octomore 6.3, it is still slightly smokier and instead of intense cereal notes, vanilla and light fruits are more in the foreground. Since the 6.3 is still a bit fuller and more aromatic, the 8.3 does not quite come close to him. However, that is a very high level of balance.
    • Nose
      At the beginning, a wonderful combination of sweet cereal notes, aromatic vanilla and pleasant light fruits (apricot / quince marmalade, sweet raspberries, honeydew melon) appears directly. These flavors are contained in a pleasant smoke reminiscent of charred grain and burned out campfire. After a short time, there is also an interesting salty note. I had to think directly of Pimientos de Padron. In the background, I also take in some South Tyrolean flatbread and alpine meadow flavors. After the first sip, the deliciously aromatic notes of vanilla (panna cotta with mint, crème brûlée) and the light fruits (dried apricots, pineapple, mango) come to the fore. After some time, a subtle maritime note (sweet flame salmon) is added. The smoke is present throughout, but does not play the dominant role, but rather acts as a foundation on which the other flavors build.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the malt surprises as a sweet fruit bomb (apricot jam, honeydew melon, physalis, orange soda). In addition, a lot of dry grain, some hay, a pleasant earthy smoke, some cedar and maple syrup.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the sweet and fruity flavors go back a bit. This is dominated by earthy smoky aromas, toasted dry cereals and pleasantly spicy oak, which turns into an espresso bitterness and dark chocolate. In the end, subtle quince and dried fruit notes, white pepper, some charcoal and sweet and spicy oak remain.

  76. berarith73 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  77. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    CHARACTER This is the ultimate Islay Octomore. A thunderstorm of a dram. Close your eyes as you take the first sip and allow your senses to shut down as you focus on processing this fascinating dram.

    AROMA Toasted oak and muddy/peaty smoke, bandages. Maple syrup, fresh linen, sea shells. Evokes a memory of lying in the heather on the peat moss, the warm sun coaxing the scent from the wild flowers. The fruit is cherry, peach and mango, with crème brulee and toffee from the oak and barley.

    TASTE Initially a surprise as the stellar level of peat is bitter and overwhelming. Another sip opens with up with cherry and peach and toasted sweet oak, dark chocolate, boot polish and seaweed. At this level the peat is like a thundercloud, darkening the atmosphere. You can feel it in your bones.

    FINISH Complex, crème brulee with caramelised brown sugar slightly overdone. Dark plum, orange and kiwi sit well with the malted barley sweetness. The peat smoke is a tremendous presence offering roasted coffee, burnt heather and a place in your memory forever.
    COLOUR Golden syrup

    (BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY CO.LIMITED.)

  78. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "INITIATION AND PROVOCATION IS FOLLOWED BY CHALLENGE. GROWING BARLEY ON ISLAY IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT AND YIELDS ARE LOW.

    The autumn of 2010 was wet and windy. A late harvest saw Octomore farmer James Brown facing heavy losses from greylag geese and herds of wild red deer, resulting in a precious little yield. Malting the this (sic) Octomore grain produced results that were unprecedented, the readings came back at 309.1ppm. The nature and variety of Octomore depends on far more than simply number, but these were staggering.

    Following a carefully controlled trickle distillation, this uber-provenance spirit was matured in 56% first fill Bourbon casks, the remaining in ex-Paulliac, Ventoux, Rhone and Burgundy casks.

    The Octomore 08.3 edition is:
    The most heavily-peated octomore to date (309ppm)One farm, one field, one vintage

    Distilled in 2011 from 2010 harvest56% full-term ex-Bourbon, 44% full-term European oak maturation

    Aged 5 years

    18,000 btus only

    61.2% ABV"

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