The fourth and last Sweden-themed sample. This Bowmore is from a Swedish bottler called ‘Eldvatten‘ which means fire water. A name that gives a certain promise, if there ever was one.
There were 253 bottles for the Swedish market. Regarding the price, I don’t have a clue what it cost originally, but now it’s worth about € 110 according to Whiskybase.
This one also goes in the rather spicy direction that was encountered with previous three samples. The difference is that with this bottling, it wouldn’t have surprised me anyway. The spiciness is far less pronounced than in the Mackmyras. That might indicate that this one is not (as) tainted, or that cask strength booze can hold its own.
Anyway, the scent also has a heavy leatheriness, with a spirity and plastic note. A lot more smoke than you’d expect from a Bowmore, with straw and salt. Behind all that lurks a fruity sweetness.
The palate is sharp with white pepper and smoke. Straw, but also white grapes. The flavours keep increasing to a more bombastic version of itself, but with all that it stays rather crisp too.
The finish is a lot sweeter all of a dsudden with crisp berries, a little acidity and Bowmore’s spirit. Smoke and straw seem to be a theme in this dram.
I’m honestly not sure whether or not this one is tainted. It fits Bowmore’s more recent profile like the Tempest bottlings. Those always reek a bit, which I love. As I do this dram. It’s simply delicious.
Bowmore 2000-2010, 58.7%, First Fill Bourbon Barrel, Svenska Eldvatten.
Thanks to Anki for the samples!