Dram Review: Bowmore Bicentenary

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 1979・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

For those who are keen to know, this Bicentenary is the version with the lion facing left.

Nose:

Robust maltiness intertwined with a dried floral note.  The nose is gentle but shows finesse, a fine layer of anise and iodine with the smoke well held in place by a wee preserved strawberry note.  The dark and alluring fragrances slowly unfold over time into lengthy rendition of ripe apricots, green grapes and lime twist.  It is easy to lose track of time just appreciating how delicate and sophisticated this is, words really can’t do the nose justice.

Palate & Finish:

A soft touch of toffee and with the bright red fruits setting the scene,  hint of candied ginger spice bringing about the casks’ syrupy nature.  There is these wee savoury and peppery notes that serve to disguise the peat presence ingeniously, traces of minerals to go with the sweet fructose lightly dancing on the tastebuds.

The boiled pear note lingers to the teeth and in the finish just tender wild white flowers caressing.  But suddenly one realises the peat is sipping out from the background.  Mildly drying with the oak well complimenting.

Thoughts:

It is indeed legendary..

For me, I think it really is its complexity that is most astounding.  People can capture vastly different notes from this dram.

That ultimately is what really makes whiskies fun.

☆☆☆ [Most Recommended]

-Nicholas