Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrells: Ex-Château Lagrange Wine
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 139.00
Official website: www.bowmore.com
Among the aspects that give the deepest sense of love between two people, there is certainly the sharing: of a feeling, first of all, but also of a space of intimacy, a scale of values, a view of the world. And of every moment of exaltation or discouragement, of every semblance of victory or defeat, which punctuate the daily path of life. All this because from an experience of sharing one always comes out stronger, richer.
This also applies to good food and drink, which, when shared, are much more satisfying and leave a much more vivid memory.
This blog is, in a way, an act of love, because it’s based on the sharing of feelings by different singularities.
Today’s whisky was chosen because it seems to us to perfectly embody the concept of sharing: a Bowmore 19yo aged in oak barrels that had previously housed the French red wine Château Lagrange.
This is a classic Bordeaux-area blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, whose aromatic profile includes spice, pepper, black fruits under spirits and liquorice.
Offered at 48.9% ABV in around 4,500 bottles, the Bowmore 19yo French Oak Barrique is – we should point out – an exclusive bottling for Amazon.
The colour is a very appetising dark amber.
On the nose, the wine’s influence is immediately apparent: there are clear hints of cherries in alcohol, figs, but also a hint of nutmeg. And then a sour note of blackberries, a fragrance of dark chocolate, a sweetish scent of jasmine and an original impression of old wood furniture, which complete a very suggestive olfactory profile, where the light peat, which is perceived in the background and reminds us that we are still drinking a Bowmore, gives an extra gear to the whole.
In the mouth, the peat scent grows considerably in tone, accompanied again, albeit more vaguely this time, by the aroma of fruit in alcohol, while the pleasant impression of old wood furniture persists, which remains, along with the peat, in a rather long finish.
A perfect love marriage between French casks and Islay whisky that neither hides nor abdicates its essence. A Bowmore of surprising balance, given the elements involved, and of extraordinary enjoyment, well worth the expense.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
This review is dedicated to Francesca who shares, patiently and complicitly.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Bowmore 17yo White Sands
Bowmore 18yo Travel Retail
Bowmore Small Batch
Bowmore Vault Edition – First Release
Bowmore Vault Edition – Second Release
Cadenhead’s Bowmore 17yo