Bowmore 15 yo 1990/2005 (55.7%, Dewar Rattray, cask #260) Colour: straw. Nose: we’re on another planet. Sharp, austere, almost discrete but very elegant, with quite some peat, paraffin, brownies, fresh walnuts… Notes of wax polish, mastic, fresh almonds, smoked tea, seawater… Very, very enjoyable even if a little Calvinistic. Mouth: powerful and compact, with a very bitter start but it’s exactly the kind of bitterness I like (on candied lemons and marzipan etc.) Hints of horseradish, smoked tea, strong liquorice, ‘cooked’ coffee… Gets more and more liquoricy with time, with something like ‘light’ pipe juice (only pipe smokers or ex-pipe smokers will understand, the others can thank God), fruitcake… Lots of presence indeed. I like this kind of whisky that’s really off the beaten tracks. Hints of rose jam – or gewürztraminer. The finish is quite long, at that, on ‘smoky’ marzipan and orange marmalade… Good, very good. 89 points.