Octomore Edition 08.4 Masterclass / 170 PPM

Overall rating
87.78/100
votes
197
Whiskybase ID
WB99308
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Virgin Oak
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Virgin Oak Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
58.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5055807408387
Added on
08 aug 2017 5:54 pm by holborndrinker
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Average value

€ 260.55

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Whisky reviews for Octomore Edition 08.4 Masterclass / 170 PPM

34 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.78 points.

  1. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Gompie scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

  3. KDD scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Jolemann scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very intense, sweet peat smoke, iodine, sweet malt, sea salt, floral, seaweed, vanilla, gum, vanilla, bacon, slightly medicinal
    • Taste
      90 90
      Intense, sweet, oily, peat smoke, floral, ash, sticky, vanilla
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, smoke, malt, oak spice, sweet but dry at the end

  5. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  6. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. Hesamazimj scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Bacon and Smoky Toasted hazelnuts! My favorite octomore !

  9. Dominique69 scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

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

  10. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  11. ValStern scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  12. 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

  13. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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

  14. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ui what a sweet part, spice from the Virgin Oak barrel is also there, and again an Octomore in which the smoke does not play the first violin, I like it sweet, but that's pretty violent, I don't need it every day, but otherwise without fault and blame
    • Nose
      The spicy flavor of the Virgin Oak barrel is there, but not dominant, smoke that brings a hint of sweetness, underneath is cinnamon, which then increases with time, I always have cinnamon with Octomore Virgin Oak, some vanilla, creamy, slightly nutty , the cinnamon covers a lot, after the first sip in the nose also full of sweet candy, caramelized sugar, candied apple, wow it is sweet
    • Taste
      massive, oily, lots of smoke, spice, cinnamon, sweet, vanilla, the sweetness plays the first violin, here too the Virgin Oak barrel is present, but does not kill the whisky, cotton candy, very pleasant
    • Finish
      still cardboard-sweet, slightly ashy smoke, vanilla, cotton candy again, almost sticky, almost too much, I'm a little afraid for my teeth ;-)

  15. ConvalRen scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sample from DarrenHJA
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet peat smoke, damped peatbog, organic compost, fairly meaty and salty. Traditional Chinese dried pork sausage, Dong Guai (Chinese traditional herb). Interesting but not really well integrated. More vanilla after the first sip.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and ashy, salty and spicy. Smoky of course.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Ashy, smoky, salty, malty and pretty long finish.

  17. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Helena4 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    It's perfect
    • Nose
      90 90
      Strong, alcoholic. Smells more peated when you add some water.
    • Taste
      100 100
      Perfectly balanced peat + vanilla + a lot more different aromas
    • Finish
      95 95
      Salty, creamy (vanilla) aftertaste with the smoke still present

  20. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Meaty whisky, full of smoky salty pork!
    • Nose
      Smoky salty pork! Then change to bak-gua, and then bbq smoke pork. Is this pork whisky. Vanilla, barley sweetness. At one point it smells like a raw pork!
    • Taste
      Salty coal with vanilla coated. No pork here! Outrageous!!
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet with some coal ashes~ how lovely is that!

  21. DrBardamu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. 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.

  23. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    14-07-2018
    • Nose
      78 78
      peat, smoke, some sweetness, butterscotch
    • Taste
      82 82
      peat, smoke, pepper, vanilla
    • Finish
      85 85
      pepper, peat, spicy

  24. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  25. larswehmeier scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pleasant fine smoke but not too dominant. Intense sweet. A lot of caramel. Something fresh oak. Flowery.
      Barely fruity compared to other octomores.
    • Taste
      Creamy and extremely powerful. Stimulates the salivation tremendously. A lot of fresh oak. Sweet. Intense aromatic. Delicious malt. Vanilla. Spicy caramel.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet. The smoke stays.

  26. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  27. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Very pleasing Octomore.

    More ballanced than the 5YO wine cask finishes, still retaining a massive smoke after 8 years.
    • Nose
      Masses of smoke, but not extremely peated.

      Sweet and slightly mineral.

      Bold notes of dark leather and burnt (not roasted) coffee.

      Underneath all of these heavy and rather dominating smells is a layer of softer caracter with vanilla and fruits.
    • Taste
      Immediate hit of phenols and dry smoke.

      At full strenght it is a little dry.

      Nice sweetness evolving. Fruits, vanilla, dark caramel.
    • Finish
      The smoky bit sticks for a long long time.

      With a pleasant sweetness to it.

  28. zaphod155 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    https://www.talkingaboutwhisky.de/2018/04/28/quick-notes-octomore-masterclass-08-4-170-ppm/ 

  29. zaphod155 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's amazing what vanilla and caramel freight is in a virgin oak tree. Personally, I'm a little bothered by the slightly dull overall impression.
    • Nose
      Strong, yet unobtrusive smoke with some earthy notes. Caramel, malt and vanilla. I also smell some star anise. An overripe banana is also included.
    • Taste
      Again the strong smoke. This time ashy. Also malt and vanilla are back. Neat sweetness and a distinct oak flavor. The smoke gets a phenolic sound. Again overripe fruits. Everything together has a slightly dull overtone.
    • Finish
      Long. The caramel sweetness is a faithful companion and the oak flavor also.

  30. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    peaty, smokey, some bacon, incredible sweet and fresh, even fruity, salty as well - at leas a bit. the dram is still quite intense. Good dram!
    Maybe it is just me but the first Octomore Editions were just more intense and in the last years my typical "Octomore-feeling" faded.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    He could have a little more complexity ...
    • Nose
      Lots of smoke, coal, soot, a bit youthful, grainy and malty, a little bit flowery in the background, after the first sip come clear coconut notes, cotton candy
    • Taste
      Sweet, then comes the smoke, then very creamy, vanilla, the fresh oak is fully there
    • Finish
      Lots of warmth, strong smoke, a bit grainy

  32. mr.p9 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    CHARACTER The power of Octomore and virgin oak combine again to show another of the endless possibilities we can create when our focus is on the fundamental elements of whisky making.

    AROMA A little smoke but gentle and warm. The oak comes with sweet honeyed malt and banana bread. The phenolic muddy notes come again now with a peppery, floral edge. With time the oak gives more and
    more, toffee popcorn, vanilla fudge, coconut, cinnamon. The smoke fades back a little now.

    TASTE A rich texture feels like honey as it slowly builds the flavour of the sweet mellow oak. Leather and toasted wood combine with the delicate smoke. There is balance here as there is no oak notes without an equal and complimenting note from the smoke. Praline, coconut, clove are matched with barbeque, burnt heather and io
    dine. The spirit behind the smoke and oak brings a lemon and salt spray hit once opened with spring water as well as hints of mint and stewed apple.

    FINISH Clove, aniseed and coffee grounds fade to peat smoke – the typical, classic Octomore finish that always lingers in your mind.

    COLOUR Autumn leaves(BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY CO.LIMITED.)

  36. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "THE EFFECT OF VIRGIN OAK ON WHISKY CAN BE DramTIC. HEAD DISTILLER ADAM HANNETT MUST BALANCE THE IMMENSE SENSORY FORCE OF THE RAW WOOD WHILST RETAINING THE SUBTLE COMPLEXITY OF THE OCTOMORE SPIRIT.The solution demands a complex cask management system. Although all of the spirit in 08.4 is eight years old just 20% has been held full-term in virgin oak. 80% was originally introduced to American oak, first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, before being transferred into the European virgin oak that had previously held Octomore 07.4.

    The Octomore 08.4 edition is:

    170ppmDistilled in 2009, using 100% Scottish barley from 2008 harvest12,000 btls only58.7% ABV"

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