This is a perfect example of the disgusting Bowmore style during the eighties. I guess, some of the high scores here must have had an earlier batch - or the bottle at this tasting had a defect cork stopper (but still I miss all the other flavours and aromas that usually make Bowmore a great dram). Thanks to the whisky gods I never bought a bottle of this release...
The colour is amontillad and the texture shows medium tears with medium fast legs (not the best oiliness). The nose reminds me rather of the bad years of Bowmore with old wooden notes (cardboards, old papers), some perfumy aromas and finally very shy fruits in the background. No, this is way weaker than the great older batches of the 21-years old Bowmore released in the nineties - too bad. Even after several minutes of breathing it does not improve a lot, just the annoying aromas of old wood and perfumes vanish somewhat.
The taste itself is not really better and the finish is even more cardboardy with just some spices added. Water improves the dram a little bit as it takes away some of the annoying old wooden notes.
The initial mouthfeel is ... bad years again. I do not like it at all: Lots of disgusting corky and drying moments of dusty old papers with almost no coating effect. Oh Bowmore, what did you do wrong during the eighties?