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The Bowmore Tempest Batch 1 is something of a cult whisky and hence a collectors item. By now, three new batches have been released. This 4th batch, just out, matured on first fill bourbon barrels and costs quite a bit more than the original (around 45 EUR at the time). At La Maison du Whisky you will need to cough up 70 EUR for it. Oh, well, that is another discussion. Time to taste!
I get quite a lot of fruit on the fresh nose: pear, oranges, mandarin, but also nectarin. Upholstered with lime zeste and hay. Soft mosses and a lot of sweet peat. You can actually smell the sea! After a few minutes, a hefty helping of vanilla is introduced.
On the palate, it is slightly creamy and feisty on chilli peppers. The peat is much more pronounced now. You can actually taste the sea! Nice salty flavours, counter footing the sweet fruit.
Towards the end, it turns somewhat bittersweet, leaving you with a finish on chilli and peat, slightly drying.
Lovely and quaffable Bowmore. Thanks, Johan, for the sample!