Octomore Edition 08.4 Masterclass / 170 PPM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Virgin Oak
Stated Age
08 years old
Virgin Oak Casks
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2017 5:54 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 199.40

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 08.4 Masterclass / 170 PPM

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nearly civilized with its 170 ppm, this version of Octomore has known for 20% a full maturation in new barrels. The remaining 80% went through a first phase in old barrels of bourbon, before joining the barrels that contained the previous version, that is to say the 07.4. Distilled in 2009 on a barley basis harvested in 2008 in Scotland exclusively, this whisky was the equivalent of a fire of spices and peat if it had been raised exclusively in new barrels. This is why the cellar master wished to soften it somewhat with these bourbon casks. Probably my favorite of the series, although I am still looking for the 08.2 edition. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Of a rare intensity at the opening, this Octomore will calm down at once. It is an earthy and medicinal whisky that finally appears disciplined. We have vanilla, but also lemon syrup, notes of wood, ginger, a well-marked cinnamon. Yes a very accomplished nose, rich and balanced. There is this smell that leaves an overripe banana, coconut and I would say liquorice.
    • Taste
      Palate: The spices seem to make the whisky sparkle on the tongue. The beast is always present, it is just controlled. This muddy aspect comes to balance the debate, seeming to bring with it the fruity that we met on the nose. Then comes the liquorice, the cinnamon. Of course it's smoked to perfection, we feel this earthy peat, this burnt wood. Pepper and cloves try to move into the foreground, but systematically caught by fruit more fat, more ripe, which offers a very nice experience.
    • Finish
      Final: Immediately salt is deposited in the entire mouth. There is what worked well in advance, liquorice, spices, but also a kind of caramelized coffee, I love this whisky. Peat, camphor, tobacco ash.

  2. Flou scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    An Octomore with 20% Virgin Oak and 80% First Fill Bourbon barrel maturation and a smoke content of 170 ppm, that makes you curious and with its dark golden color in the glass it is waiting to be tasted.

    Mhhhh wonderful! In the nose, of course, I immediately have the smokiness, which does not dominate everything and leaves no room for other flavors. On the contrary, the smoke combines wonderfully with the great vanilla, the caramel notes and the very subtle citrus notes, which do not play a major role. I have to think of custard and caramel candies and just like with these two delicacies, the whisky also looks very sweet, creamy and soft. The alcohol content of 58.7% is well integrated, there is hardly anything in the nose here. For me, these three aromas are the clearly dominant notes and even if that is not very complex and complex, the scent is beguiling! Sticky banana bread is sprinkled with pepper and a very small pinch of cinnamon. The smoke is very aromatic, I have to think of an almost burned-out campfire on a cold, windy, cloudy day on the Scottish coast.

    The whisky shows its strength in the mouth. Incredibly intense with a slight chilli on the tongue that quickly turns into peppery. The smoke takes up the entire mouth, slightly salty notes intensify the thought of the almost burnt-down campfire on the Scottish coast. Tannins of coffee, roasted aromas of slightly burnt bread crust and leather ensure a very slight dryness. In addition to the tart notes, the caramel is noticeable and vanilla resonates. I dilute to about 54% because the alcohol content is a little too violent for me. The Octomore is still very powerful, the sharpness is still very present on the tongue, but not quite as extreme as before. But I don't want to dilute any further ... I'm a lover of somewhat strong whiskys. The sweetness with the strong smoke and the spicy sharpness and the tannins ... a great interplay of different flavors. I really like the Octomore so far.

    The finish is long as expected with a lot of smoke, some salt and iodine, the pepper is still noticeable. In addition to the leather, tobacco also provides the tannins. Vanilla and caramel swing only in the background, are hardly perceptible to me as individual notes. A mineral mouthfeel gradually fades away.

    Well what can I say? A great thing! The first-fill bourbon barrel did a great job here, the vanilla and caramel flavors harmonize wonderfully with the aromatic smoky note. Definitely one of the better octomores I've had the chance to try.

    I give 89/100 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Arranmään scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    When I first heard about Octomore, I was told they are the smokiest whiskys in the world. Which I actually tried, did not fulfill this predicate. This one, though. I can not think of anything comparable. However, I am dissatisfied with the price-performance ratio. Good he is. But not for the price. That costs him two points. 86
    • Nose
      Ashy smoke from the campfire, mineral / salty, leather, light sweetness in the background: could be vanilla, with some time more intense sweetness reminiscent of sugar beet syrup, then comes weakly a sour red fruit: sour cherries With water, dried fruits are added to the nose.
    • Taste
      Taste: First some chocolate and coffee overlaid with ashen smoke from the campfire as in the nose, oak. In the mouth he will drink more pleasantly with water.
    • Finish
      Finish: medium long, warming (the alcohol can not be talked away), the smoke stays nice long.

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

    Octomore Masterclass 08.4​Strength: 58.7% abvDistilled: 2009; bottled as an eight-year-oldPhenol level: 170ppmCask: 20% virgin oak casks; 80% first-fill American oak casks, finished in second-fill virgin oak from France.Availability: 12,000 bottles; global release in 2018

  5. Gregers scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Very aggressive, and not a lot of interesting stuff apart from smoke and medicinal notes.

    Review: https://youtu.be/3_pdw0rbV7k
    • Nose
      87 87
      Not as smoky as you'd expect, there is of course a good dose of peat smoke, but not more than many other peated whiskies. Heavy medicinal notes, ripe red apples, toffee, tobacco pouch, leather, sawdust, custard, brine, woodshavings, lots of fresh wood notes. Not bad.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Very aggressive. Black pepper and chili pepper on the palate, aggressive alcohol burn, fresh ginger. After it comes down there't lots of peat smoke and medicinal notes, a bit of freshly cut grass, oaky bitterness, wood spices. Vegetal note that I also got in other Octomores. Suddenly it's very light on the palate, which is a bit odd. Second chew brings more smoke, more band-aids, and a little bit of toffee notes. Salty brine. Heavily smoked bacon maybe. Third chew is fireworks. Smoke is insanely intense, and so is ginger and chili peppers. Not for the faint of heart. Nothing pleasing at all. A bit of mint, oak again, but still mostly smoke, ginger, band-aids.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Smoke and smoke, medicinal notes, ginger, toffee, little bit of steamed carrots, brine. Quite short and turning more bitter.

  6. Hesamazimj scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Bacon and Smoky Toasted hazelnuts! My favorite octomore !

  7. Dominique69 scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. ValStern scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    In a very smoky vertical tasting I was allowed to taste this dram.

    Color: light amber
    • Nose
      fruity, honey, vanilla, grapefruit, smoke
    • Taste
      Honey, cocoa, vanilla, smoke, slightly salty
    • Finish
      long, caramel, vanilla, smoke


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