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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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…

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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…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Hand-Filled Single Cask #32161 2015 Aged 17 Years

Style: Fragrant and Maritime Peat Nose: Dynamic fragrance, beautiful ripe garden berries in the form of balmy candle, deep tobacco leaves impressions, followed by a dash of iodine and sea salt. Maritime influence taking over at deep. Distinct seaweed, mineral touches as blurry vanilla and malt lying underneath. Palate: Massive sweetness with a twinge of…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Hand-Filled Single Cask #???? 2016 Oloroso Sherry Cask

Style: Sweet and Sherry Nose: Starts with plenty of smoke floating around. An alluring sweet and sour element on the nose… Red fruits, raspberries, sour plums, hawthorns with a touch of sea salt. Slightly floral, blue berries and stew fruits emerge from the spirit as the tone slowly descends. Almond and walnuts undertone. Clean, fresh…

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Dram Review: The Black Bowmore

[40.5%・42 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 2007・Original Bottling・Limited Release] The  Black Bowmore, so often trotted out as the whisky that symbolises the “illuminati” aspect in whisky appreciation, is somewhat of an enigma. The fact is that there has been a decent outturn over the years and you are bound to come across an opened bottle at…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore “Tempest” Aged 10 Years Batch VI

Tasting Notes: Bowmore “Tempest” Aged 10 Years Batch VI Style: Bright and Feisty Nose: Delicious coconut cream and aromatic tropical fruits big on the nose. Beaming sweetness from freshly sliced pineapples and passionfruit pulp. Maverick spices blitz with white oak notes, opens up a soft layer of sea salt thinly cloaked with a whip of…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Aged 18 Years

  [43.0%・Bottled Circa. 2013-2014・18 Years Old・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: An addictive blackcurrant note on the nose. A dose of sea breeze, the artificial lozenge sweetness is there. Rather refreshing eucalyptus and mint. There is an underlying hint of toffee, with a hint of burnt toast. The seaweedy peat is just noticeable on the back end.…

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