Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximénez
Added coloring: Yes
Average price: € 100.00
Official website: www.bowmore.com
TRE is an acronym: it stands for Travel Retail Exclusive and is associated with all products (in our case whiskies) that can only be found in duty free shops at airports. These shops, which don’t charge local taxes on the goods they sell, are set up as obligatory passages after check-in, on the way to the boarding gate, and, as perfect places of temptation, offer themselves as a last chance to take home (another) souvenir…
Almost all the major Scottish distilleries present a line of TRE bottlings: special editions which, after some time and with a little luck, can also be bought online, albeit at higher prices, and which often, once stocks have run out, are not relaunched.
In some cases, these are NAS, that is, whiskies without a statement of ageing, offered in attractive packaging, in deference to the cliché that imagines travellers as superficial people, more concerned with form than substance. In other cases, however, they are (curious) variants on ageing whiskies already present in the core range.
Such is the case with the Bowmore 18yo TRE under review today.
Renamed Deep & Complex and bottled at 43% ABV, it differs from the official 18yo, aged in ex-Sherry casks after being matured in ex-Bourbon casks, in that it is matured entirely in a combination of ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximénez casks.
The colour is mahogany.
As we approach the nose, we are greeted by a delightful symphony of sherried scents (starting with cherries in alcohol, followed by dates, and completing the orchestra with dark chocolate) perfectly harmonised with a background of peat, which at first supports, then enhances. A scent of polished dark wood furniture grows in intensity as the minutes pass, while a sweet note of creamy caramel rings out, like a caress.
On the palate, the peat background arrives more decisively, but the sherried scents, with chocolate at the forefront, do not retreat one step, while the scent of dark wood furniture slightly lowers the volume.
The finish is of medium length, on persuasive notes of peat, again, and polished furniture.
The impression, already gained with the 15yo, that Bowmores in Sherry have an extra edge is matured in full.
A satisfying dram for a generous, superior whisky, robust in body and deep in voice.
This review is dedicated to Francesca who continues to hold my hand.
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