Up for review we have here a 14 year old sherry casked Bowmore. This interesting sounding single cask from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society was tasted a few weeks back at the joint SMWS and Oak Barrel hosted Bowmore tasting with Gordon Dundas. I had another engagement pop up that night at the last minute but fortunately my ticket did not go to waste! Thanks to those who organised the samples for me.
Nose: Smoke, berries, apple, maritime elements. Very sweet. Medicinal quality not often seen in Bowmore. Nose it neat, take your time.
Palate: Very sweet on first contact then becomes medicinal. After that the peat and ash wash over with a good dash of brine. Water added a waxy quality.
Finish: Sooty, ashy, sweet and briney at the same time. Interesting berry and apple notes. Lingering peat. Long with a great mouthfeel. Water brought out some pineapple notes in the tail. Don't add much though.
Distillery: SMWS 3 (Bowmore)
Age: 14yr's Old
Distillation Date: 25 September 1997
Limited: 1 of 563
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Fantastic late 90's Bowmore in a quality cask. The nose on this one was very complex and was most enjoyable to nose. Would have loved a big fat Cohiba to go with it. To go with this whisky we have some music from the late Amy Winehouse.