Palate: yumm. Lots of smoke among sweet tannins. Chocolate. Cinnamon. Chocolate fondant. Coffee. Brine.
Finish: BBQ fire. Chocolate marinated meat. Wood smoke. Very long finish, and oh so nice…
This is some tasty stuff. I was blown away by how good it is. it’s a few notches better than the 15 “Darkest” and at CS. man o man. this is a little cracker. For me this is a 90’s whisky. it’s awesome, with the smoke, the chocolate and the brine. Superb. I want one badly now.
intense sticky sweet sherry in perfect balance with the typical Bowmore smoke, syrupy, iodine, slightly salty, dried dates, marzipan, much smokey in the mouth, needs little to no water, red grape juice, round, heavy, very integrated, complex, something Peat smoke and dry sherry on the finish, fantastic!
This whisky is of cask strength, 54.4% ABV and have been matured 10 years on ex-bourbon casks with a 5 year finish in ex-oloroso casks. The whisky is Non-chill filtered with no colour added.
My previous experience of Bowmore is that it is better of neat then with water, as a result I have reviewed this whisky without the addition of water.
Nose: I am initially struck by rich notes of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, leather and prunes. The peat present in the nose rather embraces the sherrynotes then overwhelms them. Together they form a truly pleasent aroma. After a while some dry briny and peppery notes appear.
Taste: This full-bodied whisky really coats the mouth leaving a battle between the peat and the mature sherry sweetness behind. The battle is however rather pleasant and gives way to a enjoyable, thick, nutty, coffee flavour. The taste becomes brinier towards the end
Finish: The finish delivers drupes, possibly blackberries, after which a velvet peat blanket coats the palate for a long time
If water is added I find that the whisky delivers a floral note with hints of vanilla and more intensive prunes. Sadly the flavour suffers, revealing more of the oak and becoming more peppery, overwhelming the complexity
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