Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: €139.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot/
Another bottle from Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection, this time taking us to Islay, with the much-loved Bowmore in a cask strength version.
Distilled in 1992 and bottled in September 2009, the hogshead ex-Bourbon cask that contained this Bowmore produced 250 bottles, which are still available.
Gold in the glass.
The nose is (as expected) very maritime, with a light, moist peat. Pineapple, almonds, a touch of vanilla. On the length, a puff of smoke rises, remaining in a very light and delicate register.
In the mouth the music changes, with the peat extracting its charge of smoke with a meaty note that spreads over the burnt wood. A hint of ginger appears and accompanies the splash of the ocean waves, counterbalancing the sweeter notes of custard, yellow fruit and a hint of milk chocolate that are almost subdued, lashed by the alcohol content that makes the aromas as a whole more abrupt and aggressive. An interesting alternation of bitterness and fleshyness, of ocean and burnt wood, where the softer constant acts as a glue, preventing the whole from coming loose on the palate. Not exactly elegant, but certainly not boring.
The finish is moderately long, very saline and meaty, with a pleasing bitter hint.
A fun, varied dram that manages to enhance the Bowmore soul more than the equivalent ageing produced by the distillery (the White Sands I tried). Single casks are always a gamble, but in this case it turned out to be a winner.
Reviews of Bowmore whisky in the blog:
Bowmore 15yo “Mariner”
Bowmore 17yo White Sands
Bowmore 18yo Travel Retail
Bowmore 19yo French Oak Barrique
Bowmore Small Batch
Bowmore Vault Edition – First Release
Bowmore Vault Edition – Second Release
Dramfool Bowmore 21yo
Signatory Bowmore 12yo (2001 – 2014)