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Bowmore 15 Year Old - Darkest


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FReview by @Forceman

31st Dec 2012


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Brought up warm memories of sitting by the fireside with cozy cedar smoke. Nose is smokey and peat as expected from a good islay malt. Hint of toffee and butterscotch. Palate is woody. Again the strong cedar smoke comes through. Sweet as it sits on the tongue. Smooth. Warm. Finish is sweet and candy. Toffee and chocolate. Fits nice with a piece of dark chocolate. A good scotch to finish a rich meal.

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Rigmorole commented

Tried this a Highland Stillhouse the other day. It was very underwhelming. Delicious and sweet but quite lacking in sophistication when compared with the other three glasses I ordered (see my comments on those; they were all based on reviews here as of late). I certainly enjoyed the Dark, but it was nothing to write home about. Eell, all be, I seem to be writing about it anyhow! Go figure!

8 years ago 0

Forceman commented

I still am relatively new to scotch and this was my first Islay so i may have overrated. But I do enjoy it. I like the sweet smoke but my wife REALLY hates this drink. I will have to try some more peat drams. Must likely as I grow in experience this rating will evolve as well. But the next bottle I am opening is the Nadurra Cask strength. Any recommendations for a great but inexpensive Islay malt? I do really enjoy the smoke and peat.

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

For a gentle introduction, try Ardbeg Galileo. It's not a particularly stellar Ardbeg, but it kind of took the place of the Beist, which was better, but alas, is hard to find now. Galileo is a bit spendy, but it's a nice mellow introduction to the real meaty peaty goodness that is Islay. It definitely has more teeth than Dark. Some of the older Bowmores can be nice, but they are even more spendy. If you're on a budget, try Talisker mixed with Caol Ila. It's really freakin' good! Those two bottles will last a while! 1500ml!

8 years ago 0

Forceman commented

Thanks! Talisker is on my "want" list. The others I haven't seen in this area. Road trip time!

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