I have a 20cl Mariner open at the moment and I like it. Here are my notes:
N Initially dry perfumed salty peat with hints of sherry sweetness. Peat notes dissipate after 10mins in the glass leaving sweeter pear drop notes
T Lively dry peat, licorice twig spices, salty,reminiscent of Victory V lozenges
F Dark chocolate, increasingly salty with a light peat background. Gentle oaky notes toward the end. Less assertive but more refined than the 12 year old. Flavours better combined
B Initial nose suggests peat dominance. Nose ,taste and finish seem to offer different elements all held together by a salty tang.
Hope this was helpful if you managed to stay awake until the end
Alec wrote:What do people think of the Bowmore 'Dawn', 'Mariner', and 'Voyage' expressions? Cheers, Alec!
I like all of them (I seem to like pretty much all whisky !)
I would rank them:
The Voyage is not worth what it goes for these days though IMO.
I'm still tempted by the Dawn, even though I'm a bit dubious about the Port finishes, and might still have to try it! And also the Voyage. Anyone think it's worth the retail price (ca. £80 I think)?
hpulley wrote:Dawn is the claret finish, right? Only sample I've had was so awfully herbal that I could detect it from the hallway. Not to my liking, I'm afraid.
Bowmore Dawn is finished in Port whereas Dusk is the one finished in Bourdeaux Casks. The Bowmore Dawn is in my opinion one of their best offerings.
Here are my tasting notes:
Bowmore Dawn (finished in Port):
Nose: Smoky, sweet, toffee and some fruit. Very interesting.
Palate: Very smooth and silky. Sweet, peat and oak combined with some chocolate notes, more fudge.
Finish: Peaty, long, warm and robust. Mouthfilling and a gorgeous aftertaste. Long lasting.
Comment: I find this one of the Bowmore's best offerings. Wonderful, chewy, sweet, honeyish in a great combination with the peat and smoke. Opens with water and brings out even more flavours.
Bowmore Dusk (finished in Bourdeaux):
Nose: Fruit and smoke in the most bizarre combination. Honey and sugar. Perfumy.
Palate: Strange, more wine than whisky. Chewy, fruity bubblegum-like taste that sticks to the inside of your mouth.
Finish: Toffee, fruit and hints of smoke and peat. A long and somewhat salty finish.
Comment: In my opinion it just doesn't work together. The strangest wood finish I've ever tried (...and worst).
Bowmore Cask Strength:
Nose: Sea, salt, sugar and nuts. Burnt wood (bonfire), rubber.
Palate: Very smooth for it's strength, oily. Hints of orange peel and some fruit (plum, apricot), nectar underneath a layer of burnt wood.
Finish: Dry, burnt rubber, peat and some fruit.
Comment: A nice, decent cask strength offering. I would expect more peat and smoke from this one as its a vatting of mid-teens Bowmore.
Nose: Smoke and peat in a delicious combination. In my opinion one of the better Bowmore's.
Palate: Dry, malty with sweet and smoky notes.
Finish: Salt and licorice with smoke and peat. Add some water and you bring out some more of the smoke. Fruity, gentle and long. A truly fantastic finish. Makes you want more!!
Comment: As stated one of my favourites. A wonderful combination of smoke, peat with some oaky, vanilla notes.
Comment: One of my favourites from this giant.
Bowmore 15y. (Mariner):
Nose: Peat and smoke, a litte weak. Some fruit and vanilla.
Palate: Very smooth and rounded. Lingers in your mouth. First some sweet notes followed by salt and peat and then back to more sugar (demerara).
Finish: Sweet, a little fruity. Wonderfully rounded and long. Do not add water, it weakens the whole experience.
Comment: A great allrounder. Has it all, lacks nothing. Smooth and appetizing.
Nose: Peat, some smoke. Medicinal, slightly phenolic. Beautiful!!
Palate: Rounded but complex. Need some water to fully open up. Creamy with some honey notes under the peat.
Finish: Smoky yet with hints of vanilla and some fruit. Truly amazing. Long and warming.
Comments: One of the better ones. So smooth it lingers in your mouth. I like it for it's creaminess.
WhiskyHammer wrote:There is another called "Bowmore Claret".
Was this a special / limited release?
I see it come along for sale on Ebay now and again and it always commands a good price.
I tried it during Richard Joynson's talk on "Collecting Whisky for Fun and Profit" so he knows what he's talking about. It was shown as an example of something currently in vogue, collecting all the different finishes available.
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