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Bowmore Tempest was first released in 2009. It is matured exclusively in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and bottled at cask strength. This review looks at batch no. 3 that was released in 2011.
The nose starts with salty and "maritime" flavours, followed by brIne and light smoke. There is a touch of leather, coupled with lemon zest. Next, grapefruit and vanilla flavours develop, followed by liquorice and a hint of white pepper.
The palate is medium-bodied and spicy. Grapefruits and lemons take centre stage, then smoke (now very distinct) appears together with notes of oranges. Towards the end this becomes quite peppery and even a tad bitter.
The finish is of medium length, salty and somewhat bitter. Smoke is present but subdued. The brine and vanilla flavours appear again and dissolve in a grassy note.
It took me a while to try my first 'Tempest' and I certainly enjoyed the experience. This is an excellent distillate, with powerful flavours in good balance. I have never been a big fan of modern Bowmore releases but this batch no. 3 is rather to my taste.