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Picked this particular bottle up from the international beer shop in Perth after poking my head in for a look because of a certain member of this esteemed community who does the whisky ordering there.
Bowmore Tempest Batch 3
Nose(22): First impression is flambé oranges. Underneath this and with a few minutes in the glass a refined coastal peat begins to shine through followed by barley sugars. And a slight hint of honey.
Palate(23): this really is everything the nose promised bought to life, orange citrus cuts through followed by a rich yet refined coastal peat. Amazing mouthfeel, extremely oily and that barely sugar underlies it all. For a cask. Strength whisky this is very easy to drink whilst providing a nice intensity at the same time.
Finish(23): love this finish, the flavour disappears altogether for about two seconds and then a wave of smoke and gentle peat rolls over my mouth coating everything. 2 minutes later the flavour is still there and as the smoke and peat subside the citrus just lingers on.
Balance(23): from Nose to Finish this is a flavour combination all in tune that works beautifully.
Total of 91/100
One of my favourites for this year and it has definitely raised the bar for Bowmore in my eyes. Now where can I find batch 2...