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- Brand: Bowmore
- ABV: 40%
I recently bought a little pack of mini Bowmores including the 12, 15 and 18. I had never tried any Bowmore until now but the general impression I get is that it's a distillery that, perhaps, doesn't make the most out of their OBs.
So how is the standard 12? Review is neat.
Nose - Fairly quiet in the Glencairn but there's some tangy and ashy peat smoke, a little floral honey and a mild lemon note. There's also a note that I've come across before in some malts that I'd best describe as damp cardboard. It's not awful but it dominates the nose more than I'd like - packaging contaminaton, maybe?
Taste - Definitely a little thin on the palate but more of that floral honey, malt and then a very pleasing tang, or nip, if you will, of peat develops with some smoke at the tail. It's pleasant enough.
Finish - Some fairly bitter tannins and more of that lovely tang hangs around with some lemon peel.
A tiny drop of water does dampen the cardboard note and increases the ashy note. I also get a little caramel on the nose and palate. Probably an improvement.
As much as I want to 'go my own way' with this one I find I'm leaning to the consensus that there is a very decent malt in here somewhere but its presentation seems to be holding it back. That said, it's a light, peaty and rounded malt that seems pretty inoffensive and is certainly drinkable. I particularly like that tang of peat on the tongue that's reminiscent of a good bottle of JW Black.