Octomore 8.3
Masterclass

70cl / 61.2%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Octomore 8.3 / Masterclass
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Made from barley grown in a single field on Islay, Octomore 8.3 is one of Bruichladdich's 'super heavily peated' whiskies. So heavily peated, in fact, that this edition produced a reading of 309.1PPM (Phenol Parts per Million), the highest ever recorded at malting. The resulting five-year-old whisky is, unsurprisingly, an intensely peaty dram which develops flavours of dark chocolate, cherry and peach.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
5 Year Old
Vintage
2011
No of Bottles
18000
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Chill Filtered
No

Octomore 8.3 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes from the producer

    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 up cherry and peach and toasted sweet oak, dark chocolate, boot polish and seaweed. At this level the peat is a thunder cloud, 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.

7 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    25 October

    Amazing. 6 of us went to Scotland in Septemer 2018. A local driver took us to a tavern on Isley with Octomore 8.3 for sale by the pour. We spent the next week looking for more with no luck. I found several bottles in the US on our return and bought them. Expensive? Yes... but it is the best whisky I have experienced. We bought some 8.2 while at Bruichladdich and it is good, but If you can find Octomore 8.3 I think you will enjoy it. Good luck!

  • 4
    28 February

    A bit harsh on the front end, likely due to being 122 proof, but ends up nicely with smoky caramel notes.

  • 5
    19 February

    Bought this as a gift and It is a lovely drink. I don’t like peated whiskey either!

  • 5
    2 February

    Glad to have lived long enough to enjoy this joyful dram!

  • 5
    13 January

    Every whiskylover need to taste this one.

  • 5
    5 December 2017

    One of the smoothest tasting single malts- it's so strong and rich that the taste and favour lingers on your palette long after you have had a sip. 10/10

  • 5
    18 November 2017

    Just fantastic. So many flavours combined with the peat . I am addicted to Octomore forever.