E150a? Probably yes. Looks good though, the deep amber tone. If you swirl the malt in Glencairn, the stained glass windows, which appear slow, broad and viscous, suggest a full body and thus a good structure and plenty of flavor. Already promising. The nose makes me spontaneously write: 'Bowmore?' Already at first impression pleasantly fresh, clean barrels have been used. The malt is still a little cool and so I don't notice any smoke at first, or only very subdued. It only comes when the malt is lukewarm. So, take your time and enjoy at a nice temperature, the malt will thank you. No lavender. But now, lukewarm, a rather light scent, which is characterized by very soft, warm smoke and a pleasant sweetness. fair? Notes of orange, cotton candy, subtle vanilla, dried fruits such as apricots and light Khudri dates. Then red berries follow and it becomes maritime-salty and even a little earthy.
Not quite as oily on the tongue as the optics had suggested. Nevertheless very pleasant. Always keep in mind that cask strength is not >55% or so, so the malt needs more time in the mouth to develop fully. Sip instead of tilting and enjoy relaxed. Despite drinking strength and chill filtration, I find the malt to be creamy, the biscuit-like, malty sweetness is retained, as is the smoke, which is now gaining in strength. There are the red berries, sweetened blackcurrants and dark blackberries again. A bit of sea salt is also included here. Oak spice creates an exciting counterpoint to the aforementioned aromas.
The 43% ABV is also quite powerful in the aftertaste. For comparison, how much alcohol does an original bottled Caol Ila 25 or even an old Bowmore Seadragon actually have? In any case, the Islay Malt leaves nothing to be desired. The finish is pleasantly long due to the smoke components. It becomes earthy-calcareous and spicy again, followed by mentholic freshness. English orange marmalade and a few apricots are reminiscent of the fruit aromas from the nose. No sulfur, no mustiness, no bitterness, no oak board. Everything clean and wonderfully balanced, never brutal. A great Caolmore/BowIla!
Really nice malt. From my point of view, you can hardly invest ~70 EUR better in the area of smoky single malts.
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