Tasting Notes by John Hansell (Malt Advocate)
I like this Bowmore better than all the previous
bourbon oak-aged, ultra-mature Bowmore whiskies that have been released
over the past fifteen years. (There have been several.) The oak is
always present, but not dominant. And the whisky really evolves on the
palate, just like the Black Bowmore releases.
This emphasis here is on fruit, bright fruit:
peach, tangerine, mango, ripe melon, and pineapple. There’s a soft,
gentle side to the whisky too, enhanced by sweeter notes of pancake
syrup, orange creamsickle and white chocolate. Heavy oak notes emerge,
along with teasing, earthy smoke, to give the whisky depth and bottom
notes. The smoke and oak linger long on the finish. Very contemplative.
In short, an outstanding whisky, but not quite reaching the excellence
of Black Bowmore.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94/100