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Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest

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@chrisrbarrettReview by @chrisrbarrett

13th Mar 2011


Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest
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Nose burns. Strongly phenolic and a touch of old birthday cake (it's yeast, relax dude). Flavours of bush tea, nettle and a touch of gym sock. Finish is long and spicy baby. Would pair very well with blue cheese (but no one can find any) This is really a fabulous scotch among the "uncommonly peated" varieties.

I'm not saying it's Port Ellen 4th release (or Lagavulin 16 year old) but it is fantastic and young. This is a fair score, stop rating Bruichladdich Peat as 100 please.

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dbk commented

I can appreciate that you aren't in love with the Bruichladdich Peat, @chrisrbarrett, and don't approve of users rating it a perfect score—though only one reviewer has actually done so, and it is the oldest review of the batch. On the other hand, a survey of your past reviews shows that you also use the rating scale differently from the majority of users, giving scores as low as 55 to Longrow 10 and 60 to Highland Park 12. Perhaps this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

13 years ago 0

michaelschout commented

I'm just excited to try the Tempest. I have a bottle but am hesitant in opening it because it's a limited edition and I'm thinking that perhaps I should save it for a while. I may just end up buying a second bottle and opening it.

13 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

@chrisrbarrett, I have gleaned that the entry level Legend is uneventful, and I am not too keen on the Bowmore 12; assuming you have tried them, how would compare the Tempest to the other Bowmore expressions, or to other commonly available, and same category whiskies?

Also, I wonder if you could clarify what you mean by "uncommonly peated"? I have never tasted nettles, and bush tea, made from the rooibos herb from South Africa, is said to be pleasant, sweet and mild. And I'm sure you are coaxing our imagination regarding the taste of [dirty?] gym sock :)

Regarding the alcohol nose, I believe that in whisky tasting, you need to perhaps let the glass rest for a while. Also when you nose the dram, you need to back off from the whisky to the point where you don't experience the alcohol effect ... then you can appreciate all the aromas the dram has to offer.

So it is not clear whether I should try the Tempest ... so far I don't know enough about it, and from past experience, my other Bowmores have been problematic. Any other testamonials ?

13 years ago 0

Youngupstart commented

@AboutChoice I would disagree with this interesting review, I shall soon put up my own. Age and price wise I believe this expression does great justice for the bowmore line. I would also have to disagree that the Lagavulin 16 be considered in the same boat, as the cask strength really gives it a double take, first at how it is quite the dram, and another for what you paid for something of such quality. Not to rave about it, but I think it would be in good interest to give it a try.

13 years ago 0