Bowmore 18y 1966, 53%, Samaroli 'Bouquet', 720 bottles - Islay - 99/100
Gho, where do you start with such an overwhelming nose? I suggest with the fruit, because that is very prominent. The tropical fruit expected at an old Bowmore, but also pear, such a good juicy ... pineapple (eh, that's tropical for sure?), Lemon, grapefruit ... a pretty superior fruit salad as it were. And what about all that fruit? Well, a lot. To begin with, the oh so great 'farm' sensations: subtle smell of stables, from hay, to the manure. Hu, can we talk about fruit salad with a tuft of manure? Soit, also, what sweet, smoke ... and then I undoubtedly miss a large part. Unbelievably complex and especially intergalactically tasty. Now the taste. Also here a lot of fruit, all kinds of citrus (note for myself: this can be described in the following as 'agrum'), towards the end more inclined towards (bitter) grapefruit. Delicious. Chamomile too. Pepper and liquorice. Superb balance between sweet and bitter. And salty. Great long, intense, fruity, slightly smoky aftertaste. Man man, difficult to keep searching for smell and taste sensations on such tasting. This is really heavenly.
But now the score. Is this whisky worth 100 points? Maybe, but my highest score to date is 97 (for a Brora and an Ardbeg ). Ok, this is also a bit better - this sounds too euphemistic, I mean it is absolute top in whisky - but the jump to the 100 is a bit daring. If I give this Bowmore 100 points, it ends here. Then I deprive myself of the hope of ever having something better to taste. And no, I hope to keep that hope alive. 99 it will be. Not bad either, and by far the best I've ever had in my glass. Point. Sigh. Point. Let it be a gift idea, I am celebrating on January 23. Well, you have to be very lucky in addition to a lot of money, I have not seen a bottle for sale in the last year. And if there is one that will be offered for sale, Dominiek is getting me ready. http://onversneden.com/2008/10/29/samaroli-tasting-het-verslag/