Nose: Some lavender with hints of floral notes. A whisp of sea salts and a tad bit of smoke linger.
Palate: Starts really sweet, extremely smooth (the low ABV), then gives way to some seaweed and a bit of peat.
Finish: Short to medium finish, a mix of peat with some purfume notes, but not overpowering.
Comment: An enjoyable dram, I'd have to say that this one has definitely grown on me.
Bowmore 17yo OB 43% (Old OB bottling)
Nose: Much more happening on the nose here, this has sweet floral and purfume notes, also a hint of lavender. Some peat comes through along with some maritime notes as well.
Palate: This starts almost a bit sour, then becomes really sweet, smooth and enjoyable. It's got a mix of sea salt and some of the purfume notes come through, but don't overpower. Nicely balanced sweet peat.
Finish: The finish on this one is medium to long, mixed with the peculiar lavender notes and salty peat. It becomes much more salty towards the finish than most Bowmores.
Comment: Very enjoyable dram for me, and I prefer this Bowmore to many of the other OB's.
Bowmore 18yo OB 43%
Nose: Very pleasant on the nose here! This really shows how much Bowmore just gets better with age. Lots of complexity mixed with peat, salt and engine oil.
Palate: Really smooth to start, beginning it's sweet peat, then gives way to a nice smokey charcoal taste. Very nice balance of sherry and peat here.
Finish: Nice long, peaty, salty, smokey finish with more charcoal flavor coming through.
Cask: Refill Bourbon Barrel
Nose: Very interesting nose, like sweet iodine and also some peculiar floral notes as well with a hint of vanilla.
Palate: Very floral to start with some hints of purfume. Then it becomes sweeter with a bit of smoke.
Finish: Medium finish here, mostly floral notes lingering with overall sweetness and some sea salts.
Cask: Refill Sherry Butt
Nose: This one has a fantastic nose! A great mix of sweet peat and lots of pipe smoke linger with some light floral notes in the background.
Palate: This is just wonderful! It's big and smokey, with loads of honey and molasses present on the palate that changes throughout.
Finish: The finish is long and smokey, great balance of peat and sherry that just lasts forever here!
Comment: This is definitely one of the best bottles of Bowmore that I have tasted. Very, very good cask selection here by the SMWS.
n: not a lot, malts, a little sweet, a little smoke, fresh white bread maybe
t: smoky, citrussy,vanilla,
f: spicy, citrussy, short taste finish. the feeling stays much longer.
c: better than my notes suggest.
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