Seems like this bottling is already sold out. Rightfully so.
My bottle is open for about 17 days. Two thirds have been absorbed already.
Upon extracting the cork for the first time, smoke came out of the bottle just like the smoke coming out of Wyatt Earps colt after the shoot out at the O.K. Corral. A first for me. Btw, the smoke re-appears, sticking to the glas once it is empty and dried off.
Tastewise, at first very much like the Heaven Hill which Cadenhead bottled around June/July 2014. Almost felt like the cask had quite an amount of Bourbon left over insinde when it was filled at Bowmore.
The cask itself must have been a heavyly toasted one, similar to the two casks of 1998 Ardbeg (cask 1989 + 1990) which were sold at the Feis Ile 2009. I detect similar notes in the Bowmore.
A very dense whisky, syrupy almost, you can let this stuff sit for hours in the glass and tiny nuances will reveal itself, one after the other. After about 2 weeks (bottle almost half empty at the time), it started to introduce itself as scotch, the Bowmore touch, however, is very faint but seemingly coming. The question is if I will ever truely find Bowmore in this one, as it is very addictive fascinating stuff, which always gives a a little surprise every time you drink it but which disappears very quickly.
I make sure to put it in my biggest single malt glass to enable it to breathe and it still does it very slowly. The smaller the glass, the harder time I had detecting nuances.
For today, just these few thoughts on this bottle, that could use an instruction manual.
On the darkside, if you don't like this style, you'll probably hate it and score it a 29, I love it and I think I'll up my rating to 91.