Another fine old Bowmore with a great nose and a somewhat weaker palate mostly due to the low abv. But this bottling (like many other ceramic jugs) is highly affected by oxydation and evaporation so some of the rather weak ratings might come from a "tired jug". After around 20 minutes in the glass this dram gets more and more unimpressive and looses its great complexity and subtleness - so drink it rather fast...
PS: With reference to Serge's tasting note I cannot detect any dryness or austere characteristics. But as I stated above: every jug develops quite different over the years.
The colour is old gold and the texture shows slow legs and late fat tears. The nose is very subtle and delicate on this typical early seventies Bowmore profile of fruits, significant maritime peat and heather honey. Interestingly, other WB reviewers found this rather unimpressive but I think it has a great complexity and is wonderfully balanced (but of course it does not punch the aromas into your face like so many modern designed drams). I really like it and could sniff this for hours.
The taste is complex and balanced as well but not as impressive as is the nose. It is sweeter (more sugars, less fruits) and peatier than the nose but still very nice. As expected, water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.
The mouthfeel is smooth and coating with some minor peppery moments that are even welcomed to pep it up (due to the low abv). The finish is of medium length only and adds no new impressions (but no distracting notes either).