but oh, so dangerously quaffable. If I ever get to Islay, I would certainly
pass by Bowmore to pick up one of these beauties. I do not know the price, but
last saw it change hands at an online auction for around 200 EUR.
The nose is very
sweet, but also rather grainy. One actually smells the mash, which may have
prompted the name. I get a lot of fruit in the shape of juicy peaches and
toffee apples. That is wonderfully dressed up in sweet peat and citrus. Soft
smoke. Caramel and vanilla are present. Then some hazelnuts and the picture is
complete. Adding water makes it sweeter still!
It is creamy and
fruity but very spicy on the palate. Nutmeg, ginger and a hefty helping of
pepper. The salt is negligible; this is first and foremost a sweet Bowmore.
Caramel precedes orchard and stone fruits. The oak whispers, keeping it
wonderfully juicy and sweet. It does not need water, but should you add a few
drops, better buckle up for a sugary sweet Bowmore!
The finish is long
and almost as sweet as candy. Certainly with water.