Saturday, 14 October 2017

3x Old Bowmore Reviews: 1994, 1991 & 1989 [From Paris with Love]

Hi everyone,

Today I’ve got some older Bowmore’s.
Bowmore is a variable distillery from the indie’s. The 1980’s being the classic example, but the style can change hugely. This trio exemplify this pretty perfectly.
I tried the 1991 at Whisky Live Paris recently, although I can’t remember the name of the bottler. The other two were from Whisky Exchange Show in London.

Bowmore 1991 Butterfly Label 48.7%
Colour: Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Does Bowmore get MORE peaty as it ages?! Very peaty and mineral, sooty chimney, coal, tar, none of the floral notes I was expecting.
Taste: Sweet start, vanilla, honey, then very peaty for old Bowmore, layers of minerality. Sooty with a little orange.
Finish: Long length. Dry, sooty, some oak. A little tropical fruit right at the end. Mango.
25yo, bottled 2017. An old peaty one but not hugely complex. Seems like the peat is covering up the flavours beneath.
79/100
 
Bowmore 1989 'BBQ Mango Salsa' 46%
Colour: Dark Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Slightly rubbery maltiness, cigarette ash, lots of lemon sponge cake.
Taste: Sweet, malt, orange, spicy ginger, Bowmore's malty smoke, lemon then sooty.
Finish: Long length. Smoke kicks up a notch with more soot and slight florals.
Think this was 26 years old. Not nearly as complex or balanced the 87 Wemyss I had, that you might remember got 92.
78/100
 
Bowmore 1994 Single malts of Scotland 52.8%
Colour: Gold
Body: Full
Nose: An oily, buttery SMWS style, meaty for a Bowmore, also slightly tropical, BBQ and mango. Lovely nose. Slightly Ardbeggian.
Taste: Sweet, tropical, meaty, BBQ ham, pineapple, slightly chalky. A bit of chilli too.
Finish: Medium length. A little spice, oak and chilli.
A really good Bowmore, quite a different style to usual.
83/100

Thanks for reading!

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