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Bowmore's a distillery with a great legacy but over the past few years they have been subject to quite a bit of criticism for a few below par releases. I have visited this distillery and I really love the place and that makes me a bit biased towards everything that they bring out and this is one of those expressions that keeps my faith going strong in this lovely distillery.
Lovely heavy sherry notes characteristic of the Oloroso casks that have been used to mature this spirit for 15 years followed by some dry black raisins with vanilla and some nice woody tones that comes along.
A bit of oxidizing bring out some lovely dry flowers aromas with some green apples and mild citrus notes as well
There's some nice salty caramel notes as well some sweet toffee notes coming out together. Seems like the proximity of the distillery's warehouse to the sea is adding the saltiness to the caramel notes. There are also hints of peat and smoke which is always good if your an Islay whisky fan. Noticeably this whisky is nice and syrupy on the palate which is pleasing too.
I'd say the finish a medium one not too dry once again.. Some woody notes, a bit of peat.. mildly sweet and spicy flavors are that you get before its gone!
At approximately GBP 47.. I'd say this is a really nicely priced weekend dram.. :)