ABV: 51.5 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a mix of leathery peat and tobacco. There’s also a thick undefined sweetness. When it starts to settle there’s first a dark fruitiness and then a fresher tropical fruitiness as well. It feels a bit sticky sweet on top but it’s not top heavy. After a while it seems like everything finds it place and it becomes nicely balanced. The sweetness is now vanilla rich and connected to the fruitiness. Dried tropical fruits like pineapple and mango together with blackberries and raisins are now detectable. This is a great nose which improves greatly with time in the glass.
Mouth: It starts out with the peatiness first. It’s still a leather and tobacco peat and it is a very pleasant combination. There’s a mild spicyness hovering above which gives it a nice aura. After a second or two the fruitiness starts to shine through. It’s a dusty mix of lemons and dried dark fruits. There’s also vanilla and a hint of scented soap somewhere in between. The balance found on the nose isn’t really there anymore and the character has slightly shifted. There is a complex note within which seems to be connected to the peat.
Finish: It starts out with the soapy note which isn’t all that great. A bitter and sour lemon peel note builds up in the background while the peat moves out towards the edges. It still carries the mild spicyness along but it doesn’t spike through the transition. Some baking spices floats around and a hint of the tropical fruitiness can be found just when the oakiness starts to break through. The oakiness is very nice and has a lot of character. It’s coming through in a big manner but it unfortunatly carries the soapy note along through the late finish. This is a decent whisky with a great nose.
This is an older release from Bowmore. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in Ruby Port casks.