Then I had a 22 YO IB given to me which was stunning. I have since enjoyed 3 bottles of "Dusk" Port finished - one of the best "finished" smokey whiskies i've had, sadly no longer produced. The 15 YO Mariner was rough and ready but enjoyable.My one bottle of 17 was excellent, quite delicate. I recently tried two from the "Single Malts of Scotland" range at a tasting - both rich and round...well integrated sherry and smoke, and with the distinctive Bowmore note. One had a huge nose of toffee apples!
Perhaps the weakest was the 1989 OB Bourbon cask. Not bad, just a poor cousin of the Laphroaig/Lagavulin/Ardbeg CS OB's
Maybe i've been lucky, or I just have poor taste!
Reggaeblues wrote:Perhaps the weakest was the 1989 OB Bourbon cask.
That's the one I almost liked...figures!
Decided to buy a 12yo Enigma again. Good value over here.
Tastes change, people change, but the enjoyment of fine whisky is eternal. . .
PS - I'm okay with most Bowmores, but have others I prefer.
In general, that's my opinion of Bowmore. Of the standard range, only the Dusk bottling has ever interested me. My bottle of Darkest is of the FWP kind - yuck... The rest of the range seems anemic to me and doesn't hold my interest at all. Perhaps that's my style of taste because Highland Park is similar to me as well, though I happen to LOVE Talisker.
That being said, our club is doing a private bottling bottling and it is actually really good. Maybe because it's cask strength. This is the first Bowmore that I've really liked and hence, I'm getting a couple of bottles of it So, there you go - I guess I could have voted for no. 5 as well :p
I might buy another 12 again but tomorrow I'll be replacing the Caol Ila 12 instead of the Bowmore.
The 17 (although it's harder to get now) is excellent too.
And as Ganga said, it has a particular kind of smokeyness. I get a kind of ash smoke from it. I really love that.
I've had plenty I don't like, though.
12 - okay but not exciting
Dawn - like it and have some in reserve
17 - good, but don't want to shell out $80 for it
1971/34 yr - absolutely incredible
The two SMWS bottles I've tried:
3.106 - outstanding
3.137 - nearly as outstanding
I've never experienced the FWP, but it would be interesting to see what the hubbub is about that one, whether negative or negative!
I've tried and certainly experienced a bottle of 17 that was overwhealmingly perfumey, and like actual fragrance, the taste and aftertaste was very bitter (don't ask, I was curious ok!?).
I'd not even heard of the unfortunate WHP reference until after my experience with the 17 when I went searching the internet for an explanation to this strange taste sensation.
FHP exists, it's just a shame the term describing the taste is so vulgar, 'tis funny though (come on people let's not be too serious ).
I've also had a bottle of 12 that I thought was quite poor, certainly not sickening like the 17 but not at all enjoyable. Too much fiddling and caramel in my humble opinion, it was very dull tasting with no finish.
At the moment I have a Hart Bros 10 (ex sherry cask) open and it is a world apart from the 2 OB's. It still has some floral/potpourri elements and on warmer days it even has some quite odd slightly old oily fish elements but it is still fantastically enjoyable. In fact it's super salty allure has convinced me I need a dram right now.
I'll reserve judgement until i've tried a 10 ex bourbon and some older IB's. I'll probably cave in to curiousity and buy another OB at some stage too.
Then around 2004-2005 things changed. Now every bottle (except one random Legend bottle I bought that tasted like a young Lagavulin!) that I've tried, including 12yr, Legend, Cask Strength, etc.,all have this overbearing cough drop flavor that just annoys the crap out of me. Until they get rid of this I won't bother buying more.
Next day I found myself actually wanting another. Had three drams, started out reminding me of a quarter strength A'bunadh( nose not palate) with some smoke, then the smoke kind of petered out,(so to speak) and became a bit like the love child of Macallan 12 and Old Pulteney 12 (with the possibilty of a 3 way with Glenmorangie Original). Maybe more complex then than first impressions led me to believe.
My greatest impession was that this was a refreshing dram like The Glenlivet 12. Is there such thing as a refreshing, light, summertime Islay dram. I think so..... Bowmore 12
dramtastic wrote:My greatest impession was that this was a refreshing dram like The Glenlivet 12. Is there such thing as a refreshing, light, summertime Islay dram. I think so..... Bowmore 12
Bunnahabin also maybe? I didn't like the Bowmore 12 either when I first opened it although after a couple of weeks it seemed to open up quite nicely.
I loved the old 17yo which alot of other people did not get but that is fine everybody has different tastes but does not mean FWP. I currently have the 18yo and it good also but still prefer the old 17yo.
Interesting poll though, Glad to see that people are being objective.
Collector57 wrote:irishwhiskeychaser wrote:Bowmore can be floral but that should not be confused as FWP
I guess that depends on what you think of floral aromas - or of FWP of course, Adrian
Very true Nick and it is the reserve of Bowmore either.
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