I have drank many bottles of the new bowmore dusk which i found to be delicous.
Has anyone tried both, and if so how do they compare?
I'm not sure when i'll open a bottle although i did buy 2 so that i can drink 1 and keep the other in my collection.
So please let me know your thoughts and tastings on the claret malt.
I have to admit that the nose of that whisky was very promising-lots of complexity. Unfortunately the taste doesn´t reflect this.
This is my tasting note on the nose:
earthy, oily, Vino Santo, roasted walnuts, coffee, butanol, blue berries, leafy, lovage
with water unpleasant notes of ammonia and pigs shed emerge
I find the Islay wood finishes interesting, because the influence of the finishing cask has to overcome, or at least combat, the peat. A light speysider will reveal (say) the finishing wine far more easily than a peaty Islay.
I tried the Dawn recently, and thought the nose was quite petrol-like. But the palate was absolutely delicious! A roasting burn of sweet peat, and a delicious drop.
Laphroaig adopted the tag, "Love it or hate it" because it was such a pungent, massively peaty whisky. It was a flavour people either enjoyed or they didn't.
Bowmore, on the other hand, is now perceived by many as being temporarily flawed or having something out of balance. (i.e. the inconsistent perfumed nose). I don't think the comparison is as straight forward as it might appear.
Bowmore havs been inconsistant due to the random appearance of the FWP through out the line up with the exception of the 25 and older (and not to mention those wonderful whiskies from the '30's )
It would seem that Bowmore is generating a lot of negative comments and perhaps more than any other whisky.
Bowmore 12yo is similar, an easy drinking Islay. But the older ones and funny finishes seem fair to poor these days, though they used to be good.
Now that Lagavulin is back on the market, I wonder if the change in flavour profile of Laphroaig (i.e. making it sweeter) is a deliberate attempt to remain competitive against its neighbour?
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