This is from a wee sample gifted to me by my mate, Cam. An utterly unexpected surprise, both due to its unsolicited handover and the oddball nose here that seems miles from a typical Bowmore. This is a malt that shows why the independent game is arguably so much more exciting than just picking up the distillery releases.
An Adelphi bottling, this 19 year old was distilled in ’96, yielding up 214 bottles. Elementary deduction (olfactory profile, small outturn, pale gold shade, etc) tells us this one was either a bourbon barrel or a hoggy. I’d think maybe the latter. Either way…it’s naked and lovely – though out of character in some respects. The downhome farmyard notes are much more reminiscent of moderately peated Bruichladdich (sans the butyric note) or, from the mainland, BenRiach’s mature peated offerings. Neato.
Fun one to try. Not sure where you can find this one (if at all anymore), but I would recommend.
Thanks again, Cam. Appreciate the kind share!
Nose: Peppery and barnyard-ish. Dry and dusty. Seafood platters. Oceanside. Aromas of walking through long dry grass. Or maybe hayfields. A tangy BBQ note develops over time, but it’s quite timid. Quite faint on the Bowmore-ness I was expecting (and hoping for). Black current cough sweets. A touch of rubber. Yeah…peat and smoke. But faint.
Palate: There we go. More Bowmore now. Still farmy. Dry, ashy notes. Salt water. Dried berries. Jammy notes. Rubber and anise. Smoke. Very juicy here. Nowhere near as dry as the nose seems. Gooey toffee. Some chocolate or fudge. Or chocolate fudge. Grape juice.
Thoughts: May be the farmiest Bowmore I’ve ever nosed. Great palate. A grower and changer.
– Images & Words: Curt
Sounds like a good one. I had an A.D. Rattray cask strength 15 year old Bowmore a few years ago that the super knowledgeable and generous proprietor of the Whisky Castle in Tomintoul recommended and gave me a taste of. Best Bowmore I have ever had. Should have bought two but I was already well over limit. (bloody Canadian Customs). Totally agree, Curt, the IBs are usually better than the OBs.