Bowmore 1989 16 Year old Bourbon Cask

Islay Herbs

Reviewed by
Connosr member:

Uisgebetha

Date:

2nd Jun 2015

Reviewer rating:

87

About this score:

  • Nose: 23
  • Taste: 22
  • Finish: 21
  • Balance: 21

The average score for this whisky is 87.

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Tasting Notes by Uisgebetha

A pale malt as befits the cask type used. I remember being very keen to obtain this bottle, but now I’m not sure why. The aromas are strong, plenty of smoke with a medicinal peaty element, some seaweed is evident along with a herby whiff which I think is thyme.

Plenty of attack, although I’m loath to dilute at this percentage. I persevere to find more seaweed and herbs, the smoke and peat takes a back seat and some hints of tropical fruit, coconut and pine appear later into the finish. The profile is dry throughout and surprisingly light, the bourbon cask seemingly providing little to challenge the spirit, or the latter is just too dominant.

Whisky details

Distillery/Brand:

Bowmore

Region:

Islay

ABV:

51.8%

Colour:

Chardonnay

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