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I have a funny history with Bowmore. I don't consider them one of the greats because they tend to cut loose some questionable expressions every now and then. But my friend Nitin is infatuated with them and so I don't lose faith entirely.
And for that I'm glad because this bottling of Bowmore is possibly one of the best expressions from the distillery I have ever tasted!
The nose is full of coastal sea air with mild peaty overtones. Water chestnuts dipped in caramel, seasoned with clove and liberally sprinkled with salty grewia (falsa in my language) make for one of the more wonderful noses I have come across of late. Let it open up and there emerges maple syrup on pancake covered in dark berries.
The palate is intense marmalade cooked in dark honey lathered on top of chocolate fudge and sprinkled with a decadent dash of expensive cinnamon. I can hardly tell this is 56% ABV.
The finish is long and dreamy with a brown sugar espresso steeped in clove.
Nitin, I think I now know where your fascination stems from.