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Bowmore 18 Year Old

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

22nd Apr 2013


Bowmore 18 Year Old
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  • Finish
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I think Bowmore is a dependable distillery with some solid expressions (Tempest Batch 2) and some not-so-solid expressions (Mariner & Enigma). And that's what makes a distillery exciting and human, in my opinion. So when I uncorked the 18 year old I had no idea what to expect.

The nose is salty and instantly reminds you of a dank warehouse. The musty smell, I imagine, can be found in the actual Bowmore warehouses housing all the maturing casks. From within the salty sea spray then comes a warm mix of bananas, tangerines and peaches followed by nutty peat and a touch of iodine. The final flourish is unmistakeable butterscotch.

The palate is strong and oaky with a vigorous application of dark spice rub. Bananas and nuts then decide to make a come back accompanied by something pleasantly sweet

The woody medium finish is, of course, peaty with a touch of salt and fennel. There is, though, a hint of something bitter but it's faint enough not to be a nuisance.

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BlueNote commented

I have not had this one for a couple of years, but I thought it was quite good then. I don't know why Jim Murray dislikes it so much. I do have the Travel Retail version of Bowmore 17 and I like it very much. I think I will try the 18 again and do a head to head with the 17. Thanks for the good review @tabarakRazvi.

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