This is the 3rd high scoring Bowmore in a row (92-95p) that I can`t even get to 90 points.
I think Bowmore is over scored on the old stuff by some people, yes it can be superb but not all of it is, this one is a case in point, just like the 1964 Fino cask trilogy bottle. good but not close to the mammoth scores some people give them.
I could not get over the gravy note on the nose nor the fact that the fruit on the palate was subdued and not that sweet
I wonder if the mini bottle sample is any different. need to try it?
This should be on the mini bottle page, picked up the wrong sample, but I assume the mini is the same???
I don`t think the nose is all that expressive, there is some slightly burnt smoke, faint orange liqueur, and then some beef notes emerge mixing with other stewed fruit , but it smells like a roast dinner to me, that's it roast parsnips.
WTH, this is really weird
There is much more peat on the palate than I was anticipating and there is also some woody bitterness but there are certainly glimpses of quality on show.
Let's try to pin these flavours down:-
The balance is ok it is just the fruit is of the stewed unripe kind and it is overshadowed by the peat a little.
With time more fruit emerges, mainly mango and a little fresh pineapple.
The mouth feel is really good in parts but to get a high score the fruit needs to be a lot more expressive and this one fact alone for me spoils the whole experience on the palate,
Long finish, remaining a little peppery, a little stewed fruit and some peat, but it goes on for a long time which is impressive for only 43%