Dram Review: Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

[53.9%・Bottled in 2016・NAS・Original Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

The maritime influence arrives in strides alongside notes of chargrilled vegetables, the subdued smoke pairs well with the translucent woodiness.  The ashy note has been kept at bay.

Palate & Finish:

The dram conveys a mellow honey sweetness with a sprinkle of lemony note that lays down a path for the Islay-esque characters to enter the main stage.  The smoke is intertwined with the presence of the oak, and the menthol provides a fine coating.

The light peat extends with traces of lollies chiming in, cloves and mint flavoured candy cane together providing for a pleasing finish.

Thoughts:

This is not necessarily a Bowmore that enraptures me, nor is it a mizunara matured whisky that truly fascinates; but it sure is a solid offering and I’m pleased that Bowmore has delivered on this occasion.

Nicholas