Bowmore 21 yo 1989/2011 (51.2%, QV.ID/Whiskysite.nl, bourbon hogshead, 96/134 bottles) A shared cask bearing two labels. Colour: white wine. Nose: it’s a Bowmore that starts rather farmy and moderately peaty. And, above all, with no French woman being involved, it appears (if you see what I mean). The coastal side arises only after a little while, but it’s getting bigger and bigger and we’re soon over a large plate of (smoked) oysters. I also enjoy the medicinal side (eucalyptus here) and the whiffs of linseed oil. Oh, and the touches of bacon. Obviously complex.Mouth: purrrfekkt. Brine and lemon at first sips, then smoked kippers, oysters again, that Bowmoreish earthiness that sometimes shows up and then touches of tropical fruits that hint at much earlier versions of Bowmore. Terrific whisky. Finish: long, ultra-zesty. Peat and grapefruits with some pepper in the aftertaste. Comments: this could have been distilled in the mid-1960s, put into a sealed, airtight stainless steel tank, filled in wood in 1989 and bottled this year. Definitely ‘old Bowmore’ and utterly lovable. SGP:456 - 92 points (and many thanks, Marc).