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%
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.
Bowmore 1989 'BBQ Mango Salsa' 46%
Colour: Dark Gold
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.
Bowmore 1994 Single malts of Scotland 52.8%
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.
Thanks for reading!
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