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Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner

More herbal that you'd expect

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jReview by @jcs82

19th Aug 2010


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(Caramel colouring added)

Nose: Sweet wood and fruit. Prunes caramalised in brown sugar. Muscat. Polished cedar. Green apple skin.

Body: Smooth

Taste: Savoury. Herbal bitterness with a bit of salt. Lavender extract. Vanilla cookies. Floral smoke. Bit rough on the throat.

Finish: Medium long and dry. Oak. Slight smoke. Similar green apple as was in the nose. The oak lingers.

Comment: I didn't like this much at first. I think its because the nose promises something very desserty, but the taste delivers something much more herbal. There is also that lavender extract that pops up shortly after the first sip, which takes some getting used to. But the finish is quite nice. This whisky has grown on me. I've had better drams, but for the price I paid this is pretty good value.

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markjedi1 commented

@jcs82, nice review. I've not tried this one, but did try the previous bottling of the Bowmore 15 Mariner, that suffered from what some call 'French whore perfume', something very flowery and soapy on the nose. Rather - if you don't mind my saying so - discusting and off putting. Did this one suffer from FWP as well?

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jcs82 commented

@markjedi1, I don't get the perfume on the nose, and those I've shared this with have not mentioned it either. But there is that weird lavender extract on the palate that i would agree is a bit soapy, and is definitely a bit off-putting. Could you also taste the FWP in the older bottling?

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Hogshead commented

I've been generally disappointed with the proprietary bottlings of Bowmore I've tried. Some of the indie bottles have been amazing though. Having said that I've only tried official bottles from the lower end of the catalogue.

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markjedi1 commented

Especially the 'distilled in the '80s' bottles suffer from these perfumy notes, I even smell and taste it on the indies (meaning that the problem really is with the spirit and nothing else in the production process).

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