A great sherry butt bottled just about the right time (maybe one year earlier would have been perfect, but no one knows what the next year of maturation brings - so no blame on this). It seems they have a close to perfection cask management at Bowmore (at least for the expensive sherry butts...).
The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows fast fat legs with tears. A full load of clean sherry enters the nose first with significant camphor and eucalyptus aromas (usually I do not like this but here it is fine). Later some hints of dark chocolate, orange peels and raisins join in.
The taste is all about an extreme sherry profile with stronger dark chocolatey (85% cocoa), oranges and raisins flavours than in the nose. Water is not needed as it flattens the dram (but it does not get bitter as so often with heavily sherried whiskies).
The arrival on the palate is instantly mouth-coating with minor bitter notes from heavy tannins (that are not unpleasant). The bitterness of the first mouthfeel vanishes quickly but then pops up again during the finish where it gets a little too much (for my taste). The finish is long and shows these interesting camphor and eucalyptus flavours of the nose again (that are surprisingly not on the palate).