Another nice (modern style) Bowmore release that has one flaw only: it is way too pricey (from my perspective 70-80 Euro are appropriate)!
[April, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review. A nice dram to sip but it does not rock the modern whisky world.
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the texture shows many small tears that sowly consolidate and stick to the top of the glass (a great oiliness). The nose offers an extremely winey driven but typical (modern) Bowmore profile with vanilla, maritime, peaty and fruity aromas. Not very impressive but interesting to explore. Some drops of water help to reduce the dominant wine aromas. I like it!
The taste is complex too, basically on the same flavours as is the nose. It is chewable and more balanced as the winey flavours are no longer dominant. Water releases more bitter flavours from the wine soaked woods what often happens with first fill wine cask maturations. I like the neat dram better.
The dram arrives a little hot but nicely coating (remember the great oiliness?) on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds delicious milk chocolatey flavours to the mix without any bitter or astringent moments.