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 🙂
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
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
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
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/€519,95)
Nose: 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
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%)
Nose: 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
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 €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, €99)
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