Bruichladdich / Bruichladdich

Octomore 09.1 5 Year Old 156PPM Review

Octomore 09.1 5 Year Old 156PPM Octomore, the super heavily peated dram, is one that will definitely split opinions. It's a difficult dram to have much else afterwards but due to the short cut on the distillation it can also be sweet and tasty.

For me Octomore is an occasion dram and that occasion is a cold wet/snowy day where you just can't seem to get any heat into your bones and you want a dram that will do that whilst also being fun and interesting.

The nose is definitely not as huge as you would expect it to be, it's got peaty elements but lacks any real smokyness and theres some really interesting fruit notes along with what is really honey roast vegetables.

I'm still unsure whether i like this or not, i think i might need to just keep drinking more of it until i decide!!

Available to buy from specialists like Master of Malt

Thanks to Barry from The WhiskyPhiles for sharing his sample with me.

Tasting Notes & Details


Despite the huge PPM calls there really isn't as much "smoke" on the nose as you would expect, there's more of a earthyhoney roast vegetable type note. Its like a cooked item rather than one thats been smoked as such. Tarte fruits, greengages and lime peel, and some creamy vanilla angel delight, that said combined with the abv this does cause a bit of eye watering when you sniff hard trying to get more from it.


That well cooked vegetable note is there again but it's gone a bit sweeter so honey roast vegetable maybe, some honey roast peppers, carrots, onions and brussel sprouts, then a sweeter fruity note comes along, before a splash of ground white pepper that adds spice and a touch of heat


Warming pepper and heat that continues for quite some time.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Octomore 09.1 5 Year Old 156PPM
Age: 5
ABV: 59.10
Distiller: Bruichladdich
Bottler: Bruichladdich
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay
Posted: 13/03/2019 by Tom

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