Dram Review: Bowmore 20 Years Old (Bottled by Intertrade)

[48.5%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・Bottled in 1985・Intertrade Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose boosts a marvellous curation of chocolate sponge cake, cherry jam, red tea and roasted capsicum. Aged ginger and ground cinnamon bringing out the luminousness of the Sherry casks as aged leather soothes the boldness. In time, the ashy core of the dram begins…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore “Springtide”

Style: Rich and Spicy Nose: Intense spices wrapping around massive toffee, followed by stewed tropical fruits, fresh tropical fruits, fresh figs, dried figs and strawberry jam. Flaring chili flakes and robust peppermint. Oily, dense texture. Fisherman friends, smoke lightly reeling while the aroma gently placed on top a stack of tobacco leaves. Palate: Condensed flavours…

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Dram Review: Elements of Islay Bowmore Bw7

[53.2%・16 Years Old・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2017・Elixir Distillers Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The brine combines with big Sherry, a meaty base with all the glorious characters of chocolate mud cake drizzled in dark plum sauce; dirty smoke adding such an interesting facet to things, rounding off with sweet smoke, molasses and barley sweetness on full show…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Vault Edit1°.n First Release Atlantic Sea Salt

[51.5%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Some mild actions of tropical fruits on the nose, lime squeeze with a seaweed-y peat gently sweeping across. Creamy coconut milk, dried apricots and banana jam laid over wee hints of oyster shells seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Palate & Finish: Sea salt and honey with some sound…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Feis Ile 2006 Aged 6 Years

[57.4%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 1999・Bottled in 2006・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 600 Bottles] Nose: A bit sharp on the nose, some citrus marmalade but really just quite youthful. Good doses of lemongrass and char with a brush of paint stripper. Honeyed cereal follows with some fish sauce and smoked almonds Palate & Finish: Lemon and citrus,…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Aged 25 Years Distilled in 1969

[43.0%・Distilled in 1969・Bottled Circa 1994・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Such immaculate fragrances on the nose, stately and graceful aromas with the velvet-esque waxiness well integrated into the oak.  The cask led sweetness is expressive, from a bouquet of soft ripe fruits to a floral status with the malt gradually developing.  Such balance with the dram releasing…

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Dram Review: Moon Import Samaroli “Dreams” Bowmore 1984

[45.0%・Distilled in 1984・Bottled in 1999・Moon Import and Samaroli Joint Bottling・Release of 798 Bottles] Nose: Some raspberry lollies to go with some sea salt, ginger flower teases as the malt mildly moving with sprinkles of limestone, soft caramel and roasted capsicum in time. Palate & Finish: The brush of dark berries I normally associate with Bowmore…

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Dram Review: SMWS 3.307 Bowmore “A Journey Into Joy”

[55.9%・ 20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 564 Bottles] Nose: The nose is surprisingly and rather incredibly meaty with some burnt and deeply roasted barley notes lurking, perhaps living on the edge of sulfur street..  The obligatory deep, dark Sherry inspired dried fruits are there and are gorgeous.  Running parallel…

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Dram Review: Bowmore 15 Years Old (Hong Kong Whisky Bars Special Joint Bottling 2018)

[52.0%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 2002・Bottled in 2018・Butler, Club Qing, Ginger, Nocturne, Tiffany’s New York Bar Joint Bottling ・Cask No. 135・Single Cask Release of 100 Bottles] Nose: Very clean and towards the light side, wood staves torched carefully to give a delicate smoke that moves really well with mild floral note and some ocean breeze.  There…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore 1988 Vintage Edition

Style: Soapy and Complex Nose: Sea spray, then immediately there is the er… Parma violet soap on the second layer. Behind we have tropical fruits rolling in – bright pineapple, coconut and passion fruits. Vanilla milk, chilli heat followed by a second wave of martime notes, seaweed and gentle tar smoke to finish. A rather…

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