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Bowmore 15 Year Old Laimrig batch 1

Oloroso handled well!

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

28th Jul 2014


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I'll be honest. I'm not a huge fan of Oloroso finishes. Not because I don't like Oloroso but I feel that some less than stellar whisky makers tend to hide behind it's bold flavors and use it as a shield to mask their spirit.

However, when it's done well it can be an absolute treat. And I think it takes special kind of guts (read skill) to harvest the spirit when the Oloroso influence is just right.

And this exactly what the Laimrig does.

Poured out at a cask strength of 53.7% my bottle is 11780 of 18000 making this batch number 3. The first batch was a run of 4500 bottles available only in Sweden. I don't know why. The second batch was 15000 bottles and literally flew off the shelves. This one is a larger run and I suspect flew off even faster.

Matured for 14 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then a year in ex-Oloroso this is a beautifully balanced dram.

Nose: As one would expect from Oloroso maturation. Chocolate. Burnt orange peel. Dark rum bananas sprinkled with cinnamon. Dark figs, raisins, cherries with a hint of peat and dry spicy leather.

Palate: Chocolate fudge with sweet cinnamon and dark honey. Woody molasses. Dry honey. Dry spices. I like that it does not fight with water. A few drops will open up it's sweeter profiles and make the delivery more creamy.

Finish: Long. Dry. Spicy honey on wood.

Brilliantly crafted spirit. Love it!

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Nozinan commented

I really enjoy batch 2 (still have 1/2 a bottle or so left). Glad to hear the third batch maintains its quality.

Interestingly, 155 bottles of batch 3 still available in Ontario. A funny thing about pricing. It's probably overpriced at $100.05, but only $4.10 more than the 15 year old Darkest. And the difference in flavour is definitely worth more than 5 dollars...

5 years ago 0

whiskydallas commented

Great review and I agree a splendid spirit, with or without water! a note on the pricing though... I noticed that the price for $100 in Ontario seems like a bargain. I know what you're thing LCBO /bargain? sounds odd. But M of M is currently selling at $119

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Yet another great one that, as an American, I shall never taste due to an ocean in between. I will add it to my list of regrets. . . .

5 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

@rigmorole Then may I suggest a quick trip to sunny Dubai for a chance to strike off some expressions from that darned list of yours...

5 years ago 0

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