Bowmore Vault Edition First Release – Atlantic Sea Salt

ABV: 51.5 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is high ABV spicy and sweet. The flavours are muted and it takes some time for them to come through. There’s vanilla and assorted tropical fruits and a small note of salty sea spray. There’s a thin aura of honey, but it never takes over. It’s a very flat array of flavours. There’s basically No peat notes coming through at all. It’s a bit boring.

Mouth: This is a 180 degrees turn from the nosing experience with a massive wall of flavours present. It starts out with a spicy kick and a honey sweetness. It then becomes very salty with tar and leather coming through. The tropical fruitiness is still in there but it sits a small distance away. All flavours get pushed up front and in your face. The oak comes through after a while and it brings a hefty bitterness. This is rowdy and not especially balanced.

Finish: A peppermint schnapps gets chased by bitterness and salt notes. The fruitiness is now a mix of grapefruit and lime. The honey and vanilla botes are nowhere to be found. The peat is not pushing forward but it sort of goes in two different directions; Refined leather and wild medicinal notes. The oak is very bitter and comes with espresso notes. This is Bowmore’s unrefined cousin that bears the same family name.

Additional information
This is the first release in a four part series said to highlight the different characteristics of Bowmore. This is supposed to focus on the salty notes derived from the Atlantic sea’s interaction with whisky matured in their famous No.1 vaults. The cask type used is ex-bourbon barrels.

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