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Bowmore 1996 21 Year Old Dramfool

In the last few years I have troubles enjoying Bowmore whiskies. It’s not the distillery fault that my taste and preferences has changed over the years, but I do keep tasting them, hoping to encounter one that I’ll like and as a service to my readers ūüôā

The latest Bowmore I tried was the 15th release from the independent bottler Dramfool. It was distilled in September 1996, matured in a refill bourbon hogshead and bottled in May 2018, producing 299 bottles at 52.9%.

Bowmore 1996 21 Year Old Dramfool (52.9%, £125)

Nose: Starts very floral, gentle peat, lactic, wisps of smoke. With time more peat lactic and balanced, vanilla, with even more time less lactic, more sour vanilla and tropical fruitiness laced with the floral peat. With water, tropical fruitiness, less intense floral, more orchard. Continue reading


Bowmore 2001 15 Year Old Signatory Vintage (TWE Exclusive) Review

The fifth day of Feis Ile is Bowmore open day, and you know the drill by now – a commemorative review is coming right here.

This time it’s a 15 Year Old Bowmore selected by Signatory and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. It’s hogshead¬†20117 (refill ex-bourbon) that was filled on 2/10/2001 matured for 15 years before being bottled on 23/8/2017

Bowmore 2001 15 Year Old Signatory Vintage for TWE (55.6%, £160, 233 bottles)

Nose: Soft, fruit mix juice with gentle and slightly wet peat, lemon, bread dough. After a few minutes very lemon-y but the fruits are clearer, there’s green melon, peaches and papaya. Continue reading

Wemyss Bowmore 1987-2014 ‘Sweet Peat Posy’ Review

Another day, another distillery open day and today belongs to Bowmore distillery, the officially oldest active distillery on Islay (although some would disagree).

This is a 1987 vintage Bowmore that was bottled back in 2014 that I had the pleasure of tasting it at Whisky Live Tel-Aviv last year.

Wemyss Bowmore 1987-2014 ‘Sweet Peat Posy’ (46%, 231 bottles)

Nose: Malt, sweet lemonade, then the sweet peat comes through although it’s very lightly smoked, sweet heavy floral notes. After a while some milk chocolate and sea breeze. Very sweet one and very very floral, mind you it’s not FWP but floral.

Palate: Sweet peat, mellow malt and then big-time notes of flowers, hay and grass, tobacco, white pepper, oak wood spices and milk chocolate.

Finish: Long finish with sweet and floral themes. massive floral note on the front, sweet peat and delicate floral smoke follows through.

Thoughts: The flowers are strong with this one. It’s not for everyone nor the casual Bowmore/Islay peated whisky. Nevertheless, it’s a good whisky

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular DL10581) Review

Today is Bowmore open day at Feis Ile Festival and the old tradition was kept when people were standing in queues since early morning to grab the golden card that will allow them to purchase the Bowmore 25 year old that was finished in wine casks for 12 years.

But if we’re already discussing 25 year old Bowmore, I have prepared a review on another 25 year old, one that was distilled on November 1989 and bottled in December 2014 as part of Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular line up.

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (Xtra Old Particular) (55.1%,¬†¬£295/‚ā¨519,95)

bowmore 25 1989 DLaing XOPNose: That’s a classic nose with gentle smoke, light and round peat note, salty, floral and honey vanilla notes. Real mature and even relatively delicate. With water it becomes more bowmore-y yet still retains some of the floral perfume notes but it becomes oh so more mainstream and less unique. Continue reading

Whisky Tasting Notes: Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

Another day, another distillery open day on Islay and today is Bowmore day at Feis Ile 2015!

Bowmore, the oldest distillery on Islay released a straight forward ex-bourbon whisky but it’s a first fill cask so extra fruitiness and sweetness are expected. Right?

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014 (56.1%)

bowmore-feis-ile-2014Nose: Young at nose. at least at first, as it’s light with young maltiness and sweet¬†peat. After it settled in the glass there are spices, pears and green apples, pastry dough but the peat profile is very bowmore-y. Continue reading

Whisky Review & Tasting Notes – Weinturm Hidden Gem Bowmore 13yo Markowitsch-Rosenberg Finish

It’s a cold (at least by our standards) and rainy day here so I threw out of the window the planned review for today and elected instead to go for something peaty but with a twist: Peated (doh!) Bowmore done in¬†wine finish!

It’s a bottling done by Single Cask Collection (www.singlecaskcollection.at) ¬†for¬†Weinturm (www.weinturm.at) in Austria. It’s part of their Hidden Gem range which contains Scotch finished in Austrian wine makers barrels that were shipped to Scotland for the finish period. Along with this Bowmore, there are other interesting bottlings such as¬†Mortlach 10yo finished in a Dockner Sacra Cask and¬†Linkwood 14yo finished in a Weninger merlot Cask – I must say they all piqued my curiosity and they are available in a set (4 Hidden Gem bottles) here for only ‚ā¨239.

Anyway, this Hidden Gem Bowmore was distilled 25.09.1998 and bottled 30.03.2013 after it was finished in Markowitsch (Austrian winemaker) wine cask from 2008 for a couple of¬†months. Lets see if it’s indeed a hidden gem or not.

Hidden Gem Bowmore 13yo Markowitsch-Rosenberg Finish (56.5%, 195 bottles, ‚ā¨99)

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Whisky Review & Tasting Notes: Bowmore The Devil’s Casks Batch 2

Well, well, see who’s back? the devil has returned for a second round!


Following the HUGE (huge? Godzilla was dwarfed in comparison) success of the first incarnation of the Devils Casks release in 2013, Bowmore has released the 2nd batch a while ago. And guess what? It took less than a nano-second to get sold-out across UK/Europe. As with the first batch, bottles are available in auctions for x4 (and more) of the original price.

I loved the first batch (see my review here) after getting a sample from my friend Ben (of Ben’s Whisky Blog) so I thought of getting a bottle of the 2nd batch but I didn’t really have a chance as my favorite stores didn’t get any serious bottles allocation (1 bottle in some cases!). But then Ben came to the rescue as he managed to get a bottle of the 2nd batch as well (and he opened it! and¬†drink it! not flipping in auctions!) and generously sent me a sample of it.

So, will I love the 2nd batch as I loved the first one? Also, should I build a shrine for Ben? Continue reading

Social Media Distilled – Kristine and Jenny of Morrison Bowmore Distillers

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It’s Monday but don’t despair – I have another installment in the ‘Social Media Distilled’ series. Grab a coffee, relax and meet Kristine & Jenny, the dynamic duo handling Digital Marketing for Morrison Bowmore Distillers group. Seen Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch activities on Facebook and Twitter? Kristine & Jenny are the professionals behind it.¬†Enjoy!

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

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Whisky News: Glenmorangie Pride 1978, Kininvie 23 yo, Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative Bottling

Another week full of new whiskies announcements. Glenmoranige release their ‘rarest’ whisky to date (and most expensive!), Old Pulteney (2nd week on the chart! ;-)) with¬†Commemorative Bottling and Diageo releases a¬†Kininvie 23 yo 2nd batch (FYI, first one was Taiwan only).

Soon (maybe even next week), we’ll have official release of Bowmore Devils Cask II (AKA Batch 2) and Glendronach Batch 10 single casks (already available for order from The Whisky Shop, (¬£66 for 2002 vintage up to ¬£152 for 1990 vintage).¬†Phew, quite a lot ah?

Glenmorangie Pride 1978

Glenmorangie has unveiled what it claims is its rarest, ‚Äúmost exquisite‚ÄĚ and most expensive whisky to-date, called Glenmorangie Pride 1978.

Glenmorangie-Pride-1978The 34-year-old single malt, of which only 700 bottles will be available worldwide, initially started out as a 19-year-old vintage before being extra-matured in French Premier Grand Cru claret casks for an additional 15 years.

After laying down just five casks of the whisky, Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation at Glenmorangie, said this was the most the brand‚Äôs ‚Äúmost exquisite‚ÄĚ edition to-date.

‚ÄúThe resulting liquid is a luxurious burnished copper with rich, decadent and delicious scents of chestnut, toffee and cherries,‚ÄĚ he said.

‚ÄúI believe this is my most exquisite expression yet, one that will be savoured by whisky enthusiasts across the globe.‚ÄĚ

Artist Idris Khan has created a limited edition piece of artwork, entitled ‚ÄėDisappearing Casks‚Äô, to accompany each purchase of Glenmorangie Pride 1978.

‚ÄúI am absolutely delighted to work with Glenmorangie,‚ÄĚ said Khan. ‚ÄúWhen visiting the distillery in Tain I was immediately mesmerised.

‚ÄúThe vision of the casks has stayed with me and provided inspiration for ‚ÄėDisappearing Casks‚Äô. I was born the same year that the casks were laid down and it feels very fitting that I am helping to tell its story.‚ÄĚ

Bottled at 47.4% abv Glenmorangie Pride 1978 carries an RRP of £3,400 and will be available from Glenmorangie’s online shop as well as from specialist retailers and department stores.

Kininvie 23yo Batch 2 Is Now at The Whisky Shop

Kininvie 23Kininvie is a unique single malt distillery founded on 6 copper stills nestled in the Conval hills of Dufftown, Speyside.

First opened in July 1990, it has taken three decades of quiet, patient and devoted care to get to this point . A treasured secret known until now by only a few, Kininvie is at peak perfection ‚Äď and now the first house malt is ready for release in the UK.

The brand new Kininvie 23 year old has been made in small batches, every bottle will be individually numbered and housed in 35cl bottles. Each batch number and year of distillation will appear on the label. This scarce 1990 UK release contains malt whisky from the very first distillation, matured in a mix of American hogsheads (80%) and sherry casks (20%).

Official Tasting notes:

Nose: Rich and vibrant aroma with ripe, fleshy fruit notes overlaid with creamy vanilla toffee sweetness.  A more subtle floral, leafy summer blossom note develops over time.

Palate: Beautifully soft and mellow with a luxurious silky texture. The rich vanilla oakiness resulting from 23 years of maturation gives an incredible depth of flavour and sweetness. Woody spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are layered with zesty citrus and candied orange peel.

Finish: Enduringly sweet.

The bottle is available for £97 at The Whisky Shop


Old Pulteney Clipper CommemorativeThis week Old Pulteney ‚Äď The Maritime Malt ‚Äď celebrates the completion of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014 by the crew of brave men and women on board a yacht named after the iconic Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The race started eleven months ago and saw the Old Pulteney rose of winds carried proudly to France, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, China, United States of America, Panama, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and back to the starting point in London, UK. The brand’s involvement in this classic feat of sea adventuring is a natural continuation of the long and rich maritime heritage of the town of Wick on the Caithness Coast in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, where Pulteney Distillery was built in 1826 and where it produces its multi-award-winning Scotch whisky until this day.

The staff and management at Pulteney Distillery took the opportunity to thank all the crew members and the Skipper Partick van der Zijden for their tremendous effort and for representing Old Pulteney all around the world this past year. The Old Pulteney crew have shown rare determination and courage and successfully completed the race despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Margaret Mary Clarke, the Old Pulteney Global Brand Manager, said:

¬†‚ÄúAs a whisky built on its maritime history and connections, it has been an enormous thrill to be part of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race and to have witnessed the ‚ÄėOld Pulteney‚Äô speed from port to port over the past year.‚ÄĚ



Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative Bottling

To mark the occasion Old Pulteney will release a special commemorative bottling of its whisky. Old Pulteney Clipper will be made available in July 2014 at select retailers world-wide. The limited release will feature a Clipper Round the World Yacht Race -themed packaging and the whisky itself will be a classic expression of Old Pulteney, matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The whisky will be presented at its natural colour, non chill-filtered and at a premium strength of 46% ABV. Only 2,700 cases of this rare bottling will ever be released and the recommended retail price in the UK is £50.

The appearance of the whisky is that of polished gold. On the nose the sweetness of dried fruits and crispiness of green apples is accompanied by notes of fresh vanilla and white chocolate. On the palate waves of honey and orange zest, a rounded oaky structure and an unmistakable coastal note set this fresh and elegant Old Pulteney apart. The finish is smooth and long-lasting.

Maritime Malt

The heritage of Old Pulteney Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is closely interwoven with that of the port town of Wick. Once a thriving herring fishing port where as many as one thousand vessels could crowd the harbour in the fishing season, Wick was famously reported to produce ‘barrels of silver’ (salted herring) and ‘barrels of gold’ (single malt whisky). Set up to quench the thirst of a busy port, the distillery soon became recognised for producing one of the finest spirits in the world. And even though the fishing industry in Wick is well past its prime, traditional production methods, a wealth of experience and the coastal location which lends a distinctly maritime character to the whisky, keep Old Pulteney firmly in the whisky lover’s spotlight.

Whisky Review – Bowmore 1991 16 year old Port Matured

Feis Ile 2014 is going strong on Islay, and today is Bowmore open day. I visited Bowmore back in October, having a de facto private tour as we were the only ones taking that tour and we loved it a lot (see the recap here).

To celebrate Bowmore open day, here’s the matching dram for today: Bowmore 1991 16 year old Port Matured in cask strength.

This is an older release from 2007 while last year saw a 23 year old Port matured release (which is priced way beyond mortal people like me). But this release¬†can still be purchased from some European shops for still reasonable price (considering it being a 7 year old release), so let’s see¬†the tasting notes: Continue reading