This is going to be a quick post. I’ve got to get up at 2:30 tomorrow morning. I’m flying out to Anaheim for a trade show (one of the things I truly love about my job). While I’m out there I’m getting a chance to meet with one of my regular readers – we’re going to taste us some fine whiskies! Ok, to the Bowmore:
I’ve got to be honest, my first experience with Bowmore was nearly my last. It was their 12yr old expression and I had it during an Islay tasting. We tasted the following whiskies that night: Bowmore 12yr, Bruichladdich “Rocks”, Laphroaig 15yr & Ardbeg 10yr.
Looking back, I guess The Bowmore did not stand a chance against the other three Islay expressions. To add insult to injury, we broke out a little Lagavulin 16yr (which, in my opinion kicks the a$$ of most of the standard expressions out there, be they Islay or no).
Ok, enough crap-talking because I made the very-very smart decision to revisit The Bowmore. First, I tried out the Master of Malt 26yr single cask exclusive (you can read my review here, and you can buy it here).
Then, I received a nice sample from my friend “O.K.” of The Bowmore 1992 Bordeaux Finish 53.5%. I tried this Bordeaux finished Bowmore right after the 26yr Master of Malt expression – a world of difference (can you say understatement?).
Here we go:
This is a strong nose!), quite smokey (but not like campfire smoke, this is very sophisticated smoke), fruity & winey, quite drying, cured meats, oily
On the mouth — Perfect strength at 53.5%, very tannic/drying mouth feel, Italian sausages and glycerin soap, slightly smokey, onions and kale
Finish — Very vegetal and the drying continues, more meats and a slight effervescence – Oh, some of those fruits from the nose came back.
In sum — I’m happy I made a return to The Bowmore. It’s obvious that they’ve got some very interesting whiskies. I’m looking forward to more Bowmore! I’m going to make a point of trying the Bowmore 12yr again. Alone this time to see how it stands up by itself. That post will come within the next few months.