- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Small Batch Release No. 5
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- First Fill Bourbon Casks
- 55.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 31 May 2014 10:04 am by yalsi86
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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Tempest
45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.40 points
- Fantastic dram.
Royal Lochnagar, one of only a small number of distilleries with an open mash tun, is typically used for Diageo staff training. I’ve little experience of Royal Lochnagar as a single malt. Though it is a key component in Diageo’s Johnnie Walker [blue], and ‘the signature malt of Windsor, the best-selling Scotch blend in Korea since 2006‘ [Whisky Yearbook 2020], much of its relatively small output [450000 lpa] goes into single malt production which boils down to their most widely known expression – the lacklustre 12yo bottled at a disappointing 40%. As a result, one of the two drams at the end of the tour isn’t even a Royal Lochnagar! What would it take to bring out a cask from the warehouse every so often? Instead, we start with Bowmore!
N: Out from a surprisingly direct peatiness follows a rather nondescript fruity=vegetal composition encased inside a flattened-out Rowntree’s Wine Gum.
T: I’m detecting rather slap-dash sherry cask finishing.
F: Fag ash at the death.
C: As per usual [with contemporary Bowmore] I’m not totally convinced. I may also be in a mood. Bad combo.
- Å verry promising bowmore, verry enjoyable and good
Fruty and floral,vanilla,salty,honney a hint of smoke
Amazing smoke and sitrus
Not as complex as the nose. The smoke becomes more promiment. Rather Sharp arrival, hint of sitrus and salty, afther 20 minits or so
- NOSE: Initially bourbon notes, mild peat smoke and fruitiness. Unfolds after some minutes in the glass; hints of coffee and dark chocolate, sweet oak, some tropical fruits, particularly dried banana and coconut. Very subdued peat smoke at this stage, it’s really only appearing in the background. A healthy dose of water initially brings out some more peat smoke, but after some time in the glass lovely fruity and floral notes take charge, very much the bourbon casks showing again, I think. These must have been quite active and good casks. Lots of dried yellow fruits, light toffee, vanilla, sweet wood. (86p w/o water, 88p w/ water)
TASTE: The arrival is sweet, with sweet oak, alcohol and glycerin. On the mid palate there’s more wood spice, although not very peppery, and a little nip of alcohol. Water makes it sweeter and almost buttery in texture. It also takes away the alcohol nip. (85p w/o water, 86p w/ water)
EXIT: The exit is sweet, with toffee, wood, some dried yellow fruits and a little pepper. Water makes the exit sweeter and more toffeed. (83p w/o water, 85p w/ water)
TOTAL SCORE: 86 points (84-85p without water). Give it time in the glass. And water.
- I had high hopes, and it certainly is a good whisky. But… I was slightly disappointed. Some issues with the complexity, and off-putting acidic and stringent notes. Just not really a tempest (according to the dictionary: “a violent windstorm“), I guess more a light subtropical breeze.
Clean and fresh. Orange peel, citrussy, before the typical Islay smoke kicks in. Mixes quite well with the fruitiness. Not too sweet, definitely orange peel though… Salty, briny notes come through.
Gentle smoke that goes smoothly into oranges. Earthy, citrus and lime, salty, seas side wind (oh yes). Not very complex. On a second tasting, I found more acidic notes with orange and lime juice, which work against the sweet fruitiness. Stringent notes of blackberries come on much stronger (almost seems like somebody accidentally put a Port cask in the mix?!).
Reasonable with more oranges.
- The first nose offers a wall of ash, granite, limestone, it jumps at you. Then the peat rises, iodine, scum, algae, the tide, the ash which unraveled. Finally the fruits, white, juicy plum, a touch of vanilla, and again the peat that comes back. This one is pretty strong for Bowmore. After a while it balances out, between the fruits, ashes and peat.
This beautiful balance is found in the mouth, the peat is strong however, the alcohol is felt, spices, pepper, a hint of vanilla caramel. The finish is long, intense, an oily vanilla rises in the teeth. A rocky aftertaste remains on the palate. I am very impressed with the complexity and harshness of the product, there is nothing comfortable or nice about it. It's a craggy whisky I'd say, really a piece of Scotland.