Bowmore Surf is far from the best Bowmore in town. Decent and pleasing but lacking a few degrees in ABV and depth on the palate. The Tempest and Laimrig batches stay on top of my Bowmore list. Slightly more expensive but way more value for money.
This one costed approximately €40 for a bottle of a litre. Ideal barbecue drammage when quantity primes over quality.
The whisky honours its name and welcomes you with a lot of maritime notes and soft peat smoke. Salt and seaweed mix up nicely with rosemary and thyme. Combine this with bread yeast and aromas of industrial bread and it gives you some kind of uplifted supermarket bread. Lemon pickle gives it a fresh and pleasant sour touch.
This Bowmore is bottled at the minimum alcohol level. Therefore I did not add any water to it.
This is an easy drinking Bowmore with a light texture and sweet and salt notes. I'm mainly thinking of honey, salted caramel, pepper and a slight smoke taste from toasted oak. The salted caramel might as well be salted popcorn.
Sweet honey, citrus and a pinch of pepper are the signature of this medium finish. Towards the end it gets slightly drier with some aromatic tobacco.