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Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old Batch 5

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

30th May 2016

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Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old Batch 5
  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    89

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I first came across Bowmore Tempest in December 2015, when batch 5 appeared in Ontario. I was overwhelmed by its flavours, aromas, and mouthfeel. When batch 6 became available in Quebec I arranged a bottle and sample trade with @Cricklewood.

This bottle was opened in December 2015, gassed after each use, and had about 150 cc remaining when I poured today’s review dram. Noteworthy is that the bottle lists the ABV at 55.9% but the LCBO 55.1%.

This expression is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.

I am reviewing this and the batch 6 concurrently, and will provide a comparison at the end.


Nose:

Neat – dry peat, slightly muted at the outset. With time the peat and lemon citrus peak through. 21/25

With water – Nose opens beautifully, lemon citrus integrates with the peat, with zest in the background (22/25)

Taste:

Neat – Wave of peat. A touch spirity, sour and (a little) sweet, citrus zest in the development. Rich mouthfeel. This is powerful stuff! 22/25

With water – sweet arrival, sour development with peat supporting it, and an effervescence in the back of my palate. Grapefruit pith. Delicious (23/25)

Finish: Sour, astringent, fairly long. The peat lingers.22/25 with water the finish becomes more ashy with citrus (grapefruit) rind. (22/25)

Balance: I would not call this a complex whisky, with many layers to pick through. However, the flavours work very well together. 22/25

Score: Neat - 87 /100 With Water: 89/100


This is an excellent whisky. I am surprised at how quickly the bottle has been disappearing, with about 1 sixth of it left after only 6 months. Mind you, I’ve used it in a couple of tastings and given away some samples, but most bottles of Scotch in my cabinet have a much longer tenure.

I like this with a few drops of water, which really open it up. Comparing it to the batch 6, I think this one has a slight edge, but it’s hard to compare a first time taste of a sample with something I’ve enjoyed a few times.

Mixing the 2 together (in equal parts) was an absolute success.

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4 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Interestingly, The batch 5 is now listed at LCBO for $79.50, with no bottles available, but when I bought it, it was $81.95.

7 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

tonight I get a little pineapple syrup on the nose. Very nice.

7 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Well, 2 months later I opened the vatting of 50:50 tempests 5 and 6.

The peat is muted, and the nose has a more syrupy quality but then disappears. The palate becomes a lot more bitter.

This reminds me a little of Springbank 12 YO CS in that it is "challenging". Only that seems to work with the Springbank.

This does not really work for me. Probably I would score it low 80s, but I may not finish the dram...

7 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Tonight my nieces and a friend of my son joined us on a chilly autumn evening to roast some marshmallows and make some s’mores. Of course I was put in charge of the fire and now I smell like a good batch or Ardbeg 10.

I decided to pour something peated as I relax after the fire has been safely extinguished.

There is a 30 cc decanted bottle of this bottle in my cabinet and I poured half of it, which makes me one more pour away from finishing the bottle.

I opened this almost 7 years ago and it is as good now as it was then.

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