Octomore 10.3 2013 / 2019 6 Year Old

Peaty, Leathery
Statistically, Octomore is all about the degree of peatiness. Despite its young age, however, we have an incredibly complex whisky in the glass.
Octomore 10.3 2013 / 2019 6 Year Old
Octomore 10.3 2013 / 2019 6 Year Old (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)


Why 10.3? There is a simple system behind the numbering. The 10 stands for the series, the 3 for a specific characteristic. In this case, it is the maturation in exclusively ex-American oak barrels.
In the 10.3 we have a peat content of 114PPM (phenol parts per million).


"For such a smoky one, it smells bright and fresh. Not like an Ardbeg ashtray." was Sascha's first comment.
Instead of the dark smoke, we have spring-like notes of lemon balm. We also smell freshly roasted coffee and boiled custard. Peat smoke is also present, of course.


What kind of sugar is that? We think of a very sugary cake with a massive layer of fondant. Somehow also peat smoke, but damn sweet. A variety of flavours were hiding underneath. On the one hand we have a salty marimality, on the other hand a slightly lemony-limey sourness. Very, very exciting.


Really warming and "ultra long" we have smoked ham, rubber, spices, and iodine-like notes in the finish. For half an hour!


If we hadn't been told that this whisky was only matured for 6 years, we would have estimated it to be much older. We knew we were in for a smoke monster and we were not disappointed. We were impressed by the complexity hidden under the peat smoke.
Unfortunately, we pay for the hype and exclusivity with the price.

87/100 - Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfying

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