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Bowmore 2000 Malts of Scotland

Delicious Brackish Water

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

14th Jun 2010


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The German Indie Malts of Scotland released 219 bottles of this ex-bourbon cask, number 800266, at a strength of 58,7%. The sister cask 800267 was released last year and well received (215 bts). This one got about half a year extra maturation.

When exposing my nose to this dram, the following picture pop into my mind: me, sitting on a terrace by the sea (seaweed, iodine, smoked eel), with a fragrant sweet latte in front of me, hunched in a corner with the collar of my coat turned up against the salty breeze. But I also get lime and apple. After a few minutes, it even reveals a dirty side that makes your mouth water. Amazingly complex for a whisky of such young age.

The ABV makes it hot, at the limit of drinkability. The smokiness is subdued by the citrus notes, though. At the end, it becomes pretty spicy. Adding water does nothing for this whisky, so taste it straight.

The finish could have been longer, in my opinion, and is quite salty. In fact, it is very, very salty. Almost brackish water! But delicious brackish water at that.

This is a very nice cask strength Bowmore, available for approx. 50 EUR. Malts of Scotland did it again (and no, I do not have any particular interest in saying so, it’s just the plain truth).


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