Bowmore 15 Years Old (Feis Ile 2019)
However, a 15-year-old Bowmore matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon casks should be something to behold as well. A total of 3,000 bottles were filled for this year’s Festival, priced at 85 pounds. That’s a great deal if there ever was one.
Bowmore 15 Years Old (51.7%, OB, Feis Ile 2019)
Nose: A nice salinity gives it a subtle coastal influence, as do the kippers, but it’s mainly the tropical fruits that strike a note with me. Sweet mango, tinned pineapple, pear skin, lychees and tangerine. This is damn near perfect early 2000s Bowmore to me.
Taste: A whiff of smoke and tar, but subtle and with great harmony. Somewhat briny and a pinch of seaweed. Those classic Bowmore fruits in the background just really do it for me. Some bitter grapefruit, lychees again, a touch of lemon peel as well. Finally a touch of white pepper.
Finish: Smoke, peat, lemon and salt. Long.
A stunner. I’m an absolute sucker for these types of Bowmore releases. Love the balance and above all the complexity. When Bowmore does it right, they’re unbeatable on Islay. Just my humble opinion.
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Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.