Bowmore 19 yo 1998 (48,8%, The Whisky Agency for The Whisky Exchange 2018, sherry butt)Nose: a particularly fresh version. Starts on roots, bandages, sea spray and some peppermint. Then candied notes come to the fore: Haribo bears, hints of mango puree and pineapple cubes. Very subtle peat smoke.
Mouth: yes, same tropical fruits. They’re not as big as the 1960s Bowmores, but they’re there. Pink grapefruits, tangerines, hints of passion fruits. Lovely combination with the peat smoke, liquorice and subtle herbs. Subtle leafy notes, a touch of menthol.
Finish: long and bittersweet, with lime zest, ashes and hints of cocoa.
Ashes and tropical fruits, such a terrific combination. This brings us so close to the profile of really old Bowmore.