This is a good heavily sherried Bowmore that does not rock the whisky world but it is easy-to-sip and what else should a Feis Ile dram be: It is destined for being quaffed together with friends while at the spot on Islay! This is far better than gathering dust in collector's cellars or investor's strongholds, for sure...
The colour is tawny and the texture shows small tears with slow legs. The nose offers a fine modern sherry profile with a herbal spike (European oak, I guess) and all the traditional sherry aromas one might expect. Not so much of the Bowmore spirit but this is often with heavily sherried drams.
The taste is mainly on modern sherry flavours with some more fruits (than in the nose) and a nice barley sugary sweetness after some chewing. Water does not change a lot but after a fair share additional aromas are released. Nonetheless I like the neat dram best. By the way, not the slightest trace of sulphur in there (hooray!).
The dram arrives warming with a minor peppery moment in the mouth but unfortunately there is not much of a coating effect (but a minor astringent feeling from heavy tannins). The finish is of medium length and fades in several waves with increasing spicy flavours what is delicious. A minor drying moment at the very end (tannins again) is not really distracting.