BOWMORE 15 YEAR OLD Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl | 43%
A whisky coming into its prime. This 15-year-old single malt, which spends its final three years in oloroso sherry casks, is elegantly balanced between this sherry influence and the distillery’s fruit and peat characteristics – including a siren-like whisper of tropical fruit that will delight fans of older-style Bowmore. Now is the time to try Bowmore 15 Year Old, which reflects the best of the distillery’s output from around the new millennium.
Testing Notes by Manoj.k.s single malt exchange.
NOSE: A Blend of sherry notes and fruity touches. Ripe mangos, wine gums and gummy bears sit on one side; tarred ropes, burnt sugar, medicinal edges, spiced fruit and burnt raisins sit on the other. More sweetness developed as it sat in the glass, along with hints of coconut and vanilla appearing.
PALATE: Pungent fruit and peat smoke, with grapefruit, linseed oil, and some floral touches, balanced by black liquorice, green leaves and some menthol. Water brought out more sweetness, with tropical touches, blackcurrant, cinnamon sugar and fruity chews developing along with lebkuchen.
FINISH: Dark wood, soft tar, woody spice and green apple.
Islay’s Bowmore distillery has been making a name for itself since the 1800s – in 1841, for example, Windsor Castle requested a cask – and today is famed worldwide for its whiskies’ notes of beach bonfires, flowers, citrus and tropical fruit. Many of Bowmore’s whiskies are matured in sherry butts, and for many casks matured takes place in the distillery’s No.1 Vaults on Islay itself. These damp, cold vaults are considered to be ideal for long-ageing whisky.