Octomore 9.3
5 Year Old Farm Grown Barley

70cl / 62.9%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Octomore 9.3 / 5 Year Old / Farm Grown Barley
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Made solely from barley grown on Irene's Farm in Islay (peated to 133 PPM) and aged for five years in mostly second-fill American whiskey barrels, this is a fascinating study of how a single-vintage low-yield harvest affects the whisky character. This has intense notes of malted barley, black tea, golden syrup, burning heather and smoke.

The Octomore 9 series has been named dialogos (dialogue in ancient Greek) in recognition of the whisky's ability to provoke debate amongst whisky enthusiasts.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
5 Year Old
Vintage
2012
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Chill Filtered
No

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Heather Heather
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Pear Pear
  • Peach Peach
  • Salt (powder) Salt (powder)
  • Smoke Smoke

Octomore 9.3 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes from the producer

    • Nose:

      Malted barley, Horlicks, the smell of the mash going into the mashtun. Heather wildfire, black tea, golden syrup, lemon sponge.

    • Palate:

      Golden syrup in the tin, smoked tea, wort, malted barley, pear, peach melba. Sea spray, heather flowers.

    • Finish:

      Smoke, toasted oak, rye bread, salt, ozone.

1 Customer Review

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  • 5
    18 October 2018

    This stuff is exceptional. Tried some at The Whisky Show, and then had to buy a bottle there. If you like peaty whiskies, then along with the Kilchoman 2018 Founders Cask, it is my whisky of the year. Young, and strong ABV, but not harsh. I have never tasted barley so clearly in a whisky, a flavour profile I adore in Kilchoman Machir Bay. It's a true experience and was far better than the 9.1 or 9.2 which while good, don't have this freshness. May buy another one... Nose: You get a very strong and fresh barley smell on the first sniff. First day after harvest, with a roaring bonfire somewhere in the distance. A few medicinal and floral notes. Mouth: Absolutely incredible malted barley flavour, which retains its freshness from the nose. Slight taste of a farm, in a pleasant way. Peat is smoky and salty but not sharp, and surprisingly not overpowering. Incredibly smooth considering its age. There is a mild fruitiness, maybe mild citrus, but more of a grain undertone. Finish: Bonfire and barbecue on the beach - leaves your mouth with a taste of toasted grapes - may have had some maturation in wine casks.