Last time I tried this young Bowmore, without age statement but with a strong name, was in 2010.
The nose is soft on all kinds of citrus fruit, sweetened with loads of karamel and a lost litchi. The smoke development is soft, somewhat drowned out in the honey and sweet malt.
It is nicely oily on the palate, sweet from the first sip with a lovely salty edge and clear hints of seawater and peat. Reminds me of a smoldering fire on the beach. Actually nicely balanced if you ask me, despite the fact that it is very easy to drink (well, the first does not exclude the second, does it?).
The finish is rather short and the smoke fades quickly, yielding the floor to the sweetness again.
Soft entry level malt at a very good price (around 25 to 35 EUR where I live). There are worse things to start 2017 with. Thanks, Pat.