Bottler: Duncan Taylor
Expansion: sherry barrel
Region: Islay, Scotland
Nose: Very mineral, paired with a slightly creamy sweetness. Mild peat smoke, brittle leather and a hint of damp wood. Behind it a distant campfire, sultanas and oranges.
Palate: oranges and grapefruit, caramel and flavored pipe tobacco. Some milk chocolate and currant, sea salt and rock sugar.
Finish: Very long, slightly peppery and spicy. In addition orange tones and pleasant sweetness. This is followed by a lot of thyme juice and (which has now become rare at Bowmore) lavender.
Conclusion: The thyme note at the end is very special - very exciting.
85/100 points - www.notesofmalt.com