bowmore 10yo tempest batch 1

Bowmore Tempest Small Batch Release No. 1

The Tempest-series from Bowmore is an excellent example of a quality official distillery release that has an age statement, is bottled at cask strength and is also affordable. We’re currently at batch 6, but I bought batch 4 for just under 40 euro not too lang ago. Now that’s bang for your buck.

All Tempest-batches have matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Batch 1 stems from six years ago already, and has become somewhat of a classic release. Whisky buddy Geert is in possession of a bottle, and he was kind enough to share a sample of the release that started it all.

Bowmore Tempest 10yo (55,3%, OB, Batch 1)

Nose: Fresh peat, vegetal, white pepper and smoke. A bit sharp and malty. Citrussy too, with a touch of honey and white chocolate.
Taste: Peat smoke, earthy. Lots of citrus, mostly lemon. Salt and pepper, wood spices also.
Finish: Salt, lemon and smoke. Fairly long.

Rating: 86

If you’re into light and fresh Islay-style whisky, than you’ll enjoy the Tempest. This is a good whisky, priced just above entry-level whiskies, but so much better.

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