The sherry and those over 20 years have not killed the Bowmore distillery character, but let him run to top form. Fortunately, this bottle was not diluted down to 40% or 43%. He is exactly right.
The Bowmore distilling character is clearly visible in the nose. The sherry influence, a little nut and orange or grapefruit. The smoke is there, but not intrusive, but it binds the flavors wonderfully together. No alcoholic note, but you can tell him already in the nose the strength. Over time, the walnut becomes clearer. Little raisins.
With a little warmth, the citrus fruits are more present and the barrel influence becomes clearer. Slightly musty, moist wood and a gentle sea breeze. Does it smell like that in the Vaults N1? Still very round and then a little resin.
Powerful, but not sharp. Perfect from the start. Again, he is very balanced.
In the second sip a little saltier, the sea air pushes forward. Like a stale saltwater pool. The Sherry fruits I can not define here, the overall impression is so complex and they are pushed back. Wow.
On the finish wet, slightly mellow wood. The smoke stops and it slowly disappears. Does not last too long after the first sip. Demands for more.
After the second sip he stays a bit longer, but not endless. So medium.