I am of the opinion that there is no better age for Bowmore than 26 years, especially from a barrel or Hogshead. One of the best whiskies I’ve ever tried was a 26yo Bowmore and whenever I see them, I make an effort to try and try them.
That rule tends to only apply to the IB’s, there’s nothing exciting in the OB’s at the moment (as far as I’ve tried, yes yes, not that many).
Also Adelphi is known for great quality whisky, and I did hear from an industry insider that they source their casks from a different source to most, with higher quality than others. No idea if that’s true but that’s the word on the street. Always been a fan of the bottle design too.
Bowmore 1990 Adelphi 48.9%
Nose: Carbolic, sooty, burnt down building, old style soap block, tropical fruit behind, BBQ char, mango, clean laundry, love hearts. More tropical as it opens up.
Taste: Soft, nice arrival, fruit then more spice and lots of dry oak, tropical mango and soot, unripe mango, some orange, lemon juice and peel, ginger cake, ginger beer.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Good stuff, waves of leather, some cocoa, slightly earthy, some lemon still and ginger/white pepper. Best part of this whisky right here.
Bottled 2017 at 26yo. Great whisky but I was expecting more from this, being a 26yo Bowmore and all. Very expensive whisky again too.
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