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This is in our Islay tasting. I thought we were getting the batch 2 tempest, but a case of the batch 1 turned up instead. We had tasted the batch 1 at last years festival and loved it, so decided to keep it! I've not tried the batch 2, but have heard its lighter and less peaty. Batch 1 is for me a fantastic mix of peat and parma violets. Tony
Dom's notes "Nose: Spritely and spindly, with raspberry whirl in vanilla ice cream, some tinned pear riding over a dry smoke, cardamon and paprika base. But it's all fresh, spring-like and inviting.
Palate: This is stunning and a whole new direction for Bowmore. It has two distinctive parts, both kicking out independently but wonderfully bound together and tumbling over each other in a whisky danse macabre. There's sweet, apple liqueur and fresh zesty malt on the one hand, intense peat smoke and battering ram chili on the other. It'll delight fans of class A Islay peat malts, but it has a soft and sweet smile to charm the pants off even the most cynical malt fan.
Finish: More of the same, sugar and spice, and lots and lots of all things nice. The best Bowmore since I first tasted the 17 year old? I really think so..."
Pat says "Nose: Salt, ripe tropical fruit, liquorice, strawberry jam. A dash of water brings out a distinct hint of lemon skins. Taste: Dry. A big hit of citrus and a whiff of smoke."