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Octomore 12.2 Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

Next up is the Octomore 12.2, which starts with 50% of the spirit being aged in 1st-fill ex-Bourbon casks and 50% in 2nd-fill ex-Bourbon casks. After about 3 years of maturation in these casks, the spirit was blended together and left to marry, mature and finish for about 2 years in 1st-fill ex-Sauternes casks.

Octomore 12.2 Review

This is a throwback to the 4.2, the Comus, and unlike most years, will be available in the mass market and not just travel retail. This is a big shift for Bruichladdich and a boon to fans who typically have to snag a plane ticket or beg a traveling friend to look for it.

Octomore 12.2 – Details and Tasting Notes

Whiskey Details

Region: Islay, Scotland

Distiller: Bruichladdich
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon (1st and 2nd fill), ex-Sauternes
Age: NAS (5 years)
ABV: 57.3%
PPM: 129.7

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $160*

White background tasting shot with the Octomore 12.2 sample bottle and a glass of whiskey next to it.
“The Sauternes casks brings another dimension to the vitality of Octomore. The honey-soaked fruit and dry smoke work beautifully together; that classic combination of smoke and sweet fruit delivers beautifully again.” – Bruichladdich

Tasting Notes

Amberish gold

Smoke, vanilla frosting , fruit cake, dried orchard fruit, honey, white raisins, earthy hay-like malt, herbal spice and a touch of minerality.

There is a juicy quality to it that’s very enjoyable and pairs well with the earthier notes.

Smoke, sweet BBQ, toffee, white raisins, dried fruit, earthy hay-like malt, baking spices and a touch of sweet tobacco and herbal.

The darker notes continue to surface as it opens and after a while the Octomore 12.2 comes across like a dark and fruity, balanced, combo of peat-n-sweet.

Long -> Peat, toffee, dried fruit, herbal spice and a touch of toffee.

Well balanced, full body and a warm oily feel.

Octomore 12.2 – Overall Thoughts and Score

With a bit of air and time some dark, sweet, baked qualities – like caramel frosted scones – surface on the aroma and the same, but fruitier, happens on the palate. It moves and morphs into something that’s a little harder to pin down, but never loses its delicious complexity.

This Octomore 12.2 is, in a way, a follow-up to the Comus, which I was able to re-taste at a recent Malt Nuts and I have to say… it’s a worthy “follow-up”. I know a repeat, or even tribute, isn’t exactly what they were going for with the ex-Sauternes usage, but it’s a fair, direct, and complimentary comparison. If you enjoyed 4.2 (Comus), you’ll enjoy this.

SCORE: 4/5

*Disclosure: The sample for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

Octomore 12.2 Label

Octomore 12.2 Review $160


This is a wonderfully balanced earthy and fruity sweet dram with a peaty wrapper. It’s a fun one to let run through the senses.

  • Nose (4)
  • Palate (4.5)
  • Finish (4)
  • BBF (4)
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