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The Bowmore 100 Degrees was launched for the duty free range, bottled at 57,1% ABV. The strength would have to do with the testing of the alcohol percentage by sailors with gunpowder, back in the old days. I have not got a clue. You should not believe everything you read on the internet… Let us just get a good taste of this!
The nose balances beautifully between sweet and salt. Toasted oak, leather, stockfish, sweet malt, vanilla, ginger. The sweetness translates into a hint of chocolate, toffee and sugared lemon peel.
On the palate, it is quite punchy on citrus fruit and loads of salty oyster sap. Again toasted oak, making it somewhat sweeter, along with the vanilla, ginger and nutmeg. The citrus evolves towards Seville oranges. Nice, big smokiness.
The finish is not only cozy and long, but also spicy. Mostly ginger, now.
I quite like this, even though it is somewhat atypical.