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Bowmore 21 Year Old Maltman

Tropical Ileach

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

28th Mar 2012


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I previously tasted a young Clynelish by this bottler, but like I said, they have other whiskies in their range, like this 21 Year Old Bowmore.

On the buttery nose, I am welcomed by all the typiscal Islay aromas: seaweeds, sweet peat, salt and greasy coals. A lot of lemon and a bit of vanilla, but really only a little bit. Reminds me a lot of the other Bowmore from 1989 that I have tasted by QV.ID and Malts of Scotland. Only a lot more subdued, undoubtedly due to the bottling strength. After a few minutes, I do get some more fruit, surprisingly enough pineapple and mango.

On the palate it is slightly oily, much less creamy than anticipated. Feisty on spices and a lot fruitier than the nose let on. Citrus, but also again the tropical hint. A touch grassy. Sweet peat. White pepper. Very good.

The finish is long, quite smoky on spices and tropical fruit.

This is good stuff, indeed. Fans of Bowmore will enjoy this very much. And with a price tag of 85 EUR, it is affordable too.

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