Bowmore 23 YO 1989 – Port Cask Matured

ABV: 50.8 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a thick layer of sweet dark fruits with a top layer of nail polish remover. It feels a bit subdued at first and it takes time before everything starts to come through. There’s a mild peatiness with a mix of tobacco smoke, brine and a herbs out on the edges and with time in the glass there are notes of dark chocolate, lavender and some assorted nuts arriving in the center as well. There’s a lemon sourness in the back. This is a nice nose with a lot of small flavours swirling around.

Mouth: It starts out with a mix of tobacco and dark, sweet and sticky fruits. There’s a slightly detectable soapy note in the back together with a mild lemon sourness. With time there’s a hint of vanilla coming through but the sweetness is mostly connected to the fruitiness. It feels quite complex overall with a mix of bitter, sour and sweet sensations. There’s a herbal side as well as a floral, with a lavender note still in there (connected to the soapy note). The peat is sitting around the edges and it’s connected to the whole by the tobacco note. Everything feels slightly dusty.

Finish: There’s a mild and pleasant peppery note which gives a nice power-up in the transition. After it settles the soapy lavender note once again becomes detectable. The fruitiness is brighter now with a mix of dried and tropical fruits as well as the lemon in the back. It still comes through as complex and notes of dark chocolate, walnuts, vanilla, herbs and lavender creates an interesting journey. The oakiness is a bit anonomous even after everything dies down. This is a very good whisky which feels a bit younger than its age. It’s an interesting journey throughout, but the soapy note brings it down a notch.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013. It was aged in ex-port casks. It’s an unchillfiltered limited release.

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