Bowmore 11 yo 1998/2010 (46%, Signatory Vintage for LMdW, sherry butt, cask #800191, 756 bottles) Colour: pale gold. Nose: simply as flinty, mineral and ‘coastal’ as Bowmore can be, with a good deal of lemon and fresh oysters at first nosing and a very mild peatiness. The sherry kicks in after a few seconds, adding notes of leather, bitter oranges and marmalade, a little toffee and just wee touches of violets. Gets then farmier and farmier, with whiffs of horse stable. Mouth: great earthiness, roots, gentian and liquorice wood at first sips, then the ‘usual’ coastalness. Kippers, brine, samphire… Not really more peat than in the nose but it’s immensely marine. Finish: medium long, very salty, very coastal. Hints of violet sweets and cranberries again in the aftertaste – just hints. Comments: recommended if you like earthy and very briny Bowmores with moderate peat. SGP:544 - 86 points.