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Bowmore Tempest Aged 10 Years Small Batch Release V

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

3rd Apr 2016


Bowmore Tempest Aged 10 Years Small Batch Release V
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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This one is the fifth release of their small batch, cask strength, non-chill-filtered 10 year old, matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. I always look forward to these releases!

The colour is a light gold. On the nose we have lots of honey and vanilla - the cask influence is apparent, even after only 10 years. The light peat stays in the background. Hints of liquorice, cumin, orange pith, peach and malt - and maltier with water. Very nice but surprisingly shy.

On the palate the ABV comes forward with hot alcohol, chili pepper and lime. Oily and mouth coating. The peat still takes a back seat, though. Papaya. Sea spray. Black liquorice. Hint of honey. Water brings out malt and brine. Love it.

The finish is chalky, ashen and very citrusy - and very long. Although it seems to have less oomph than previous Tempest releases (especially on the nose), this somehow has both strength and delicacy. Jim Murray scores it a 90.5; I'm not that high with him on it (I just wish that nose had more power!) but still, this is a beautifully structured peaty Islay.

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Nozinan commented

what a coincidence... I sat down an hour ago to watch what I thought would be the last episode of Descendent of the sun with my wife (apparently there is more turmoil to come), and I wanted a dram to go with it (and I'm not a fan of Soju or Makgeolli). I've been meaning to prepare a couple of samples of this so I poured a dram of this at the same time.

I get a lot of grapefruit pith on the finish of this. It's interesting. Bourbon cask matured, but so different from a bourbon matured whisky like Amrut peated CS

This is a fantastic whisky. It's the only batch I've tried so far. At $82 Canadian this is a steal!

I haven't done a formal assessment but if I did I think I'd score it in the 90s.

8 years ago 0

BlueNote commented

@Nozinan, @talexander. Sounds like cracking good dram. I'm currently enjoying version VI and I would strongly advise you guys to grab it when you see it. There was a very short window of opportunity here in BC and I now regret not having bought at least one more. Nice review, if I ever see batch V in my travels I'll jump on it. Cheers.

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

I don't think the KGBO will be getting the VI. I know it was available for a time at the SAQ

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