Older Bowmores have always been fascinating to me due to their reputation. This sort of lived up to its reputation, but I am in no hurry to acquire a bottle due to its secondary market price.
On the nose, loads of tropical fruits such as papaya and mango. Notes of peach, citrus, and toffee can also be noticed. With time, slight notes of smoke comes through.
On the palate, nuanced coastal flavours such as pepper, salt and seawater can be tasted. Tropical fruits then come into the foreground and swarms the palate with ripe mangos and melons. The sherry is also ever-present but never overwhelming. The nuanced approach of the palate is really indicative of the old-school Bowmore style (distinctly different from what the distillery produce nowadays).
The finish is long with notes of honey, darker berries, and dark chocolate.
Yes this certainly is better than most of the Bowmores you can readily find on the market now. However, this certainly is not the best Bowmore I have had. For the money, I'd probably go for some outstanding Broras. Just my two cents.