The newest and not-yet-everywhere-available release of the Bowmore Tempest. I believe this one was released early this year but I haven’t seen many shops that actually have it in stock.
The story is, of course, exactly the same as it was yesterday, but I can make the addition that all Bowmore Tempests are matured on first fill bourbon casks. Else they wouldn’t have been allowed in the ‘Love First Fill‘ tasting.
The nose is a lot gentler than number 3. Not that much ‘Bowmore Reek’, more vanilla, sweeter and less smoky. It has the same scents, but without the creosote, kippers, rope. So there is vanilla, and some wood, lemon curd, and a touch of smoke.
The palate continues is this more ‘accessible’ way. Gentle, a hint of pepper and it does start to build up a bit. Wood, salt, smoke and heather.
The finish continues again. Not much new which makes this composed of pepper, wood, vanilla, lemon, heather, some smoke and peat.
This dram is a LOT friendlier. So much so that on it’s own it’s a very nice whisky. On the other hand, it loses by knock-out from batch #3. This one is a tad too gentle and is rather limited in the scents and flavours it displays. Still, for the € 45 to € 55 it’s a damn fine whisky. If you have about € 100 available to spend on booze, you could choose worse than Bowmore Tempest batch 3 AND 4. On the other hand, I’d buy two bottles of batch 3 😉
Bowmore Tempest Batch 4, 10yo, 55.1%, available at The Bonding Dram in Belgium for € 49
Official sample provided by Bowmore / Morrison Bowmore. Thanks guys!