Inspired by my digging out older tasting notes on the Bowmore 21 year, I cracked open the box of whisky samples brought back from Canada. This was one my aunt and uncle simply decided I needed to try!
As soon as I had a whiff, I understood why…
Bowmore Laimrig 15 year 54.4% (Bottle 14,532 of 15,000)
Here is what I found:
- Colour – Deep rich copper, almost brown
- Nose – Resin, sweet almost spearmint, then hazelnuts, treacle, rum raisins, red cherries, minty flirtation merging into eucalyptus
- Taste – Bursts on the palate with leather, smoked bacon, then roasted slightly bitter nuts, raisins come to the fore, some spices like crushing cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a mortar and pestle, a bit of tobacco… something else too.. chocolate?
- Finish – A bit bitter, almost ashy, wine, sticks around for some time rather than dash off
- Water – I was initially reluctant to try… but wow! Sweater, saltier, spicier yet also smoother and more rounded, warmed the cockles… plum notes, yummy chocolate on the palate, clear sherry wine finish
- Overall – What I enjoy most was it never stayed still… beginning with the nose it shifts, evolves as it airs… then on sipping the palate also revealed different elements, unfolding at its own pace
The more I sipped, the more I appreciated it. The longer it aired, the more emerged. Exactly what I like to see in a whisky. What a treat to discover!
The Laimrig takes its inspiration from Bowmore’s stone pier where the distillery’s barley was once unloaded and their whiskies would travel the globe.
It is finished in Spanish sherry butts, is cask strength, non-chill filtered and intended to have a rich, dark character and colour.
Official tasting notes:
- On the eye teak brown.
- Breathe in sweet dark sherry, figs and cocoa balanced with smoky peatiness and a salty tang.
- Sip a rich combination of chocolate, sherry, raisins and smoke.
- Savour the long and lingering finish.
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