I ended up buying another bottle to save for a special occasion.
This takes me back to when I used to live on the Scottish coast, the smell encapsulates the beach and the sea air perfectly.
It has the right amount of peat to keep me happy whilst also being incredibly smooth and refreshing, it has a distinctive citrusy nose.
Upon tasting, hints of apple and citrus stand out amongst subtle spice.
The finish is where it gets interesting, a classic but yet satisfying peat and seaweed is met. However, this is backed up by floral sweetness which works surprisingly well and adds to the complexity.
This is easily in my top 5 whiskys. I am not normally a Bowmore fan, and prefer heavily peated drams such as Ardbeg. But this is something special, it has the smoothness and complexity of Brora 2007 at a fraction of the price. I would describe it as a subtle peaty fruit cocktail.
My advice is to buy a bottle before stock has gone, the auction prices are catching up quickly.