I like these labels that look like old stock certificates... (or like old Readers Digest mailpieces)
Colour: pale gold.
Nose: starts with coffee and vanilla fudge but then it’s the expected ‘new Bowmore’ cortege that spreads out. Sea air, kelp, peat smoke but also beech and pine tree smoke, wet stones, roots, moss (no mustiness, though), liquorice sticks and fresh mint. Pure, crisp, clean Bowmore. Rather brilliant I must say. Whiffs of fermenting hay coming through after a moment.
Mouth: let’s face it, if you don’t like resinous flavours this isn’t for you. Much more unusual than on the nose, with unexpected notes of rosemary, thyme, cough pastilles, rubber, heavily infused green tea, concentrated lemon juice, liquorice... And something unusually medicinal. Camphor? Gets spicier after that, with more pepper, mint, coriander, something like basil (?)... And more liquorice. Extremely concentrated in fact, and maybe even smokier than usual.
Finish: did I mention salmiac? And something like... Hydrocarbon?
Comment: extremely assertive, and very interesting. A big, big effective young Bowmore that won’t take any prisoners. Get ready – and don’t expect to be able to taste anything but a Port Ellen Rare Malts after this one.
SGP:156 – 90 points.