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Bowmore Distillery Island of Islay Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Bowmore 17yo White Sands

Review of the Bowmore 17yo White Sands special edition, not easily available.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Suntory
Average price: € 97.00
Official website: www.bowmore.com
Vote: 85/100

And here we find another Bowmore on these pages, a label loved by many (including our own Bevitore Squattrinato), whose personality is certainly unique and easily recognisable over time.
It’s difficult to add anything else about the oldest distillery on Islay, which, despite the various changes of ownership (which ended in 1994 in the strong Japanese hands of Suntory), has managed to keep certain production traditions unaltered.

This bottling dates back to 2014, distributed as part of the Travel Retail series along with Black Rock and Gold Reef.
The only one of the three to have a declared age, it spent its ageing period in the famous Vault No.1, the oldest warehouse with a rammed earth floor below sea level on the island, and the distillery is very keen to make it special.

Tasting notes

With such significant ageing, it’s regrettable that they didn’t have the courage to retain the natural colour, leaving this rich gold in debt to caramel.
Peat greets the nostrils festively as soon as you approach the glass, with a rather meaty connotation that is soon joined by softer, sweeter notes of tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango), blood orange, salted caramel, a harmonious whole cradled by salty waves that caress the aromas. Toasted pistachios. The smoke is a distant but present impression.
In the mouth, it picks up the tones of the nose, with an accent of black pepper, re-proposing the mix of fruit and salty peat with sparkling touches, like sea foam on the rocks. Almond, tamarind, hint of coffee. Warm and fresh at the same time.
The finish is quite long, of dull embers, bitter orange marmalade, a note of leather, salt.

The white sands recalled in the name (referring to those of the Laggan Bay coast on Islay) are reflected in the tones of the whisky, which creates an elegant balance between sea and peat without much layering but with the simplicity that comes from experience.
This piece was originally written in 2019, based on the sample I mention in the introduction, but was revised two years later thanks to a new tasting that made me largely re-evaluate this bottle: the whisky is still the same, but I’ve certainly changed…

Reviews of Bowmore whisky in the blog:
Bowmore 12yo
Bowmore 15yo
Bowmore 15yo “Mariner”
Bowmore 18yo Travel Retail
Bowmore 19yo French Oak Barrique
Bowmore N°1
Bowmore Small Batch
Bowmore Vault Edition – First Release
Bowmore Vault Edition – Second Release
Cadenhead’s Bowmore 17yo
Dramfool Bowmore 21yo
Signatory Bowmore 12yo (2001 – 2014)

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