Nose: Iodine, smoke, a little brine
Mouth: A little watery but a lot of smoke, some peat, and a background of like a dark chocolate. Really more smoke than peat.
Finish: Pretty short, but a little spicy kick at the end.
BTW, it is very smooth, not rough at all. I would highly recommend this for the price.
talisker10 wrote:...it is very smooth, not rough at all...
I agree that there's no evidence of roughness despite the relative youthfulness of the spirit, and believe this likely has a lot to do with the manner in which the barrels (ex-Bourbon to my taste) have been re-charred. Pretty good hit of Islay flavour, all told.
I picked it up again tonight, having developed much more of a taste for Islay malts in the meantime. And I'm glad I did! An enjoyable malt indeed.
The nose is smoky with light citrus notes. On the palate there is wood smoke and lemon, followed by hot pepper and then finally some peat. Not nearly as salty as I recall. Short finish for an Islay malt, though the smoke lingers a bit.
This makes me wish I picked up Bowmore 12 while it was $6 off. I skipped it because I wasn't sure if it would be to my taste...
It was tucked away at the back of my cupboard, and I have just rediscovered it after seeing this thread.
I've never seen any since, which is a great shame.
Nose: 20 very malty, touch sherry, very coughdrop
Taste: 20 smooth and pleasant, building malty spice and smoky coughdrops
Finish: 19 lingering battle between smoky peat and coughdrops...the coughdrops win!
Balance: 20 typical of current Bowmores, overblown coughdrop sweetness killing off any traditional Islay flavours
Interestingly enough I had one bottle of Bowmore Legend that was incredibly smoky and truly amazing. I gave some to a few of my Islay-fanatic friends and they would swear it is a youngish Lagavulin. Of course the next bottle was back to the standard coughdrop fare that annoys me so much...
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