Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon refill
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 150,00
Official website: dramfool.com/
It’s not often to find an independent bottling of Bowmore, especially with such a significant age as the one I find in my glass today.
Produced by Scotland’s Dramfool and a credit to its founder, Bruce Farquhar, this bottle comes from a cask filled in September 1996 and put into 299 bottles in May 2018, cask strength and au naturel, now hard to come by.
Legend has it that Bowmores produced between the 1980s and the beginning of the next decade suffered from a condition known as FWP (an acronym that stands for the delicate expression French Whore Perfume), a tendency to evoke artificial floral aromas, particularly lavender, a characteristic lost more or less in the period from which this spirit originated.
Straw yellow in the glass.
A very fresh nose, like an early morning stroll by the ocean, crisp and with a pungent minerality, which combines fresh fruit (peach, apple, pear, pineapple) with a delicate vanilla, honey, lemon drop, oysters and a light note of brine. The peat is a distant puff of smoke, a delicate caress.
In the mouth, it takes up the theme of the nose more decisively, thanks to a rather pronounced initial peppery note that introduces a more citrusy spirit (lemon and blond orange), with the sweet components muted compared to the mineral and, above all, salty notes that dominate here. There are sour and bitter notes along the length, with the peat always acting as a background without affecting it too much.
The finish is quite long and dry, bitterish, of smoke, lemon, salt and almond.
More interesting on the nose than in the mouth, it shows a personality that is hard to find in so many original bottlings, and even if it doesn’t show any particular excellence it arouses sufficient interest to drink it with some attention.
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
Cadenhead’s Bowmore 17yo
Signatory Bowmore 12yo (2001 – 2014)
Review of Dramfool whisky in the blog:
Dramfool Ben Nevis 1996
Dramfool Carsebridge 1976
Dramfool Cola Ali 4
Dramfool Cola Ali 5
Dramfool Invergordon 31yo
Dramfool Malt Can Heal 1992
Dramfool North British 30yo
Dramfool Sly Lichen 10yo