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Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest

Tempest Batch # 2

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@VictorReview by @Victor

15th Jul 2014

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    89

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Thanks to @Pudge72 for the reviewed sample

Nose: cocoa, molasses, that good-old Bowmore leather, moderate peat and brine, and a touch of confectioner's sugar; excellent sweet-dry balance. Water brings out floral notes with a hint of fruit and accentuates the confectioner's sugar

Taste: thick and rich, with very nice transfer of the flavours from the nose; silky mouthfeel. Water brings out more leather and emphasises the peat

Finish: long, strong, and moving slightly toward the sour. Water adds fullness to the finish

Balance: this particular sample of Bowmore Tempest, Batch # 2, shows a little more air exposure than others I have had, and I like it this way. I also like this whisky very much less air-exposed. The balance is held well until into the finish

Bowmore is a distillery which polarises people. Some cannot stand the leather notes, especially of the younger Bowmores. I find all of the Bowmores inoffensive and generally enjoyable, but never top favourites of mine. This Bowmore Tempest, Batch # 2 (along with other batches of Bowmore Tempest)is one of the Bowmores which I like the best. At 56% ABV Tempest delivers a very flavourful package

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6 comments

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

I'm glad you like this expression. I reviewed it a while ago with similar results. Wonderfully balanced. And, yes, this is my favorite Bowmore!

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@MaltActivist, thank you for your comments. Yes, I have found Bowmore Tempest to be a dram to which I always look forward!

6 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

"Inoffensive and generally enjoyable, but never top favourites of mine."

I think that's representative of many people's attitudes towards Bowmore, myself included. But I'll usually come to its defense, as I feel it fills a certain niche flavour-wise.

I'm a fan of this one as well. Currently working on batch #4. So far our notes are quite aligned. Thanks, @Victor.

6 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Victor thank you for the review.

You stated that you "...like this whisky very much less air-exposed." did you gauge a good time for opening up in the glass?

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Frost, in this case, by 'air-exposed', I was referring to time after having opened the bottle. This review was from a decanted sample, which was stored in a small sample vial for a period of months before I re-tasted it. There wasn't much air in the sample bottle, but I've found that these small sample containers seem to behave as though they've had a little more air exposure, even when the air column is very small. Maybe it is partially because they have been jostled in transit from place to place. I do believe that shaking of the whisky has some definite, though very difficult to quantify, effects on whisky. In this case the reviewed sample tasted significantly more air-exposed than did the sample from the same bottle I had before having taken the sample.

To answer your question, I like Bowmore Tempest under a variety of evolutionary states, new-ish bottle opened, and more opened. In this case, I did not observe the whisky over much time in the glass after pouring the sample. It is a very enjoyable whisky in my book. If you have a bottle of your own you will likely enjoy the exploration of it.

6 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Victor - thank you for clarification. I will have to open my bottle eventually. Off the top of my head, I can't recall my batch number.

6 years ago 0

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