Bowmore 15 yo 2001/2017 (56.7%, La Maison du Whisky, Artist #7, hogshead, cask #20115, 286 bottles) Five stars
I can’t see what would go wrong here… I suppose this is Signatory stock. Colour: white wine. Nose: it’s a sharp, well-carved one, apparently. Limestone, lemon, proper sauvignon blanc, grapefruit, Islay mud, chalk, kelp, hessian, beach bonfire. With water: more of the same and we shan’t complain ‘bout that. Mouth (neat): luminous, mentholy, beautifully bitter – and even acrid and harsh – very chalky, very lemony, and extremely grassy. Big green pepper. Warning, may cut you into two halves. With water: sweeter lemon up, but it remains a blade. Finish: long, and curiously sweeter, with a feeling of smoked and salted limoncello (who’s up?) Almonds in the aftertaste. Comments: only (minor) flaw, that was to be expected. Great Bowmore, in the vein of the first ‘Tempest’.
SGP:457 - 90 points.