Our skip through La Maison du Whisky’s Artist Series 8 continued with another Sherry dram – this time progressing to combine with peat!
Bowmore 15 year (2001/2018) Sherry Cask #108 55.3% (679 bottles)
- Nose – Light peat and sweet with vanilla, fruits, nuts, honey
- Palate – Very balanced, wonderful interplay between the dry fruits, nuts, sweet spices and light peat with a dash of salt
- Finish – Nice cinnamon sherry spice finish that really stays
A solid dram just bursting with character… full flavoured and really quite fabulous.
And while it was a fleeting, passing sample… this whisky was a tough act to follow. We needed to take a wee break after the Caol Ila and this one before continuing our sipping journey…
As for what this Bowmore would put you back if buying in Singapore? Don’t fall off your seat…. SGD 820. And exactly why it is terrific to try in such settings Whisky Live as waaaay beyond my pocket book!
Want to know more? Well I only had a wee nip, however this is what the folks at La Maison du Whisky have to say about this whisky:
- Colour – Intense golden yellow
- Nose – Elegant, precise. Delicately placed at the top of the aromatic palette, a peat both herbaceous (lichen), salty, smoke, iodine (spray), vanilla, floral (carnation) and fruity (pear) provides a lot of rhythm and race at the first nose. After creation, it becomes exotic (passion, guava) and medicinal (tincture of iodine). Further on, candied lemons, fresh walnuts and acacia honey underline its extreme sweetness. A fine smoky pungency highlights its remarkable fullness.
- Palate – Rich, concentrated. With the same elegance as the nose, the attack in the mouth is peaty / smoke, saline and mineral (chalk). More and more milky (coconut, almond). It gains unceasingly unctuousness. In the middle of the mouth, hay cut, green walnuts, almonds, candied lemons and noble spices (ginger, saffron, clove) bring a second breath to a palate that is growing in power. Very untied, the back-mouth invites us to savour a succulent rice pudding perfumed with verbena. Magnificent.
- Final – Long, fluffy. The start of we bite into a juicy pear. Very quickly, however, notes of ashes, soot and smoke take over the initiative with great delicacy of expression. Oily, earthy, marine (seaweed, kelp) and animal (bacon, smoked salmon), the retro-olfaction sees malted barley pointing the tip of the nose. The empty glass is herbaceous (cut hay), spicy (ginger), vegetable (tobacco), earthy (dry peat) and vanilla.
—-From LMdW website with an imperfect google translation from French.
- Glenrothes 20 year (1995/2018) Sherry Butt Cask #909700 52.8% (530 bottles)
- Ben Nevis 25 year (1991/2018) Sherry Cask #2375 55.3% (561 bottles)
- Glenlivet 10 year (2007/2018) 1st Fill Sherry Cask #900214 Batch #2 64.1% (308 bottles)
- Bunnahabhain 35 year (1979/2018) Sherry Cask #9521 47.9% (472 bottles)
If you are curious, here are a few more Bowmore‘s sampled over the years…
- 12 Year 40%
- 12 year (1970s) 40%
- 15 Year Laimrig 54.4%
- 16 year “The Prestonfield” Vintage 1972 (1972/1988), CS No 1036-39 43%
- 17 Year White Sands 43%
- 21 year Port Cask Matured (1988) 51.5%
- 1989 “BBQ Mango Salsa” 46% (Wymess)
- Black Rock 40%
- Gold Reef 43% (Apr 2017 + Aug 2017 tasting)
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