...and it is! It shows the typical profile of a double maturation with both the bourbon barrels and the wine butts contributed a fair share. Of course, the wine influence is bigger (no wonder in a 50:50 setting with 13 years each) but it does not bury all other flavours, thanks to the whisky gods. I like it, but still the glorious sixties resp. early seventies Bowmore profile is far better than this.
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a fine mix of sour winey, sweet vanilla and bitter peaty aromas supplemented by the trademark Bowmore fruits. The fruits are rather shy first but they open up upon breathing as do some waxy and maritime impressions. A fine nose, indeed - but the wine aromas are a little too dominant and drive this nose somewhat out of balance. This might be great if you are in for the wine flavours but I am a whisky lover and therefore "wine is fine" but whisky aromas are even better (to me).
The taste offers about the same profile with the sour-sweet winey flavours in the driver's seat. It is not layered but chewing strengthens the malt flavours and both the barley sugars and fruits gain ground what I like. The peat is quite present as are the woods and they contain the wine influence nicely, just the malt could be a little stronger. Some water strengthens both peat and wood but not the malt, unfortunately. A further reduction flattens the dram so I prefer it neat or just a little reduced.
The initial mouthfeel is a little hot but quickly turns into a satisfying warming impression with just a little coating effect only. The finish is of medium length which corresponds to the rather average-only texture. It adds more barley sugary and spicy wooden flavours but turns a little drying towards the end (which is not distracting).