And then pièce de resistance of the evening, the number five dram: Bowmore 25.
Well, I guess that was the idea but as everyone knows in the industry, Bowmore 25 that is released now, is distilled in the mid to late eighties. That means FWP. French Whore Perfume.
Kind of risky to put in a whisky like this because beforehand this was going to put people into two camps, with a very tiny group of people in the middle.
I applaud the courage of Fred and Cara to do this, even though I already announced yesterday that the Glen Scotia was my favourite. That already says a lot, and kind of defines in which of the Parma Violet camps I am.
Peat & Smoke at first, with cream and barley added. It starts of as slightly floral, but that soon picks up till it hits washing detergent concentrate level. Lavender, but also salt, chalt and those dreaded violets. Also an interesting note of oak leaf lettuce.
It’s rather sharp, even though it’s 25 year old and ‘only’ 50.2% abv (we didn’t know this at the time of tasting). It’s kind of biting, with bitterness and flowers. FWP galore and some oak. Again the cream and barley combination, rope and salted caramel.
In the finish the FWP and parma violet rampage pump the volume up to eleven and even the ones that were slightly in doubt are convinced were talking older Bowmore here. It mellows rather quickly but lasts quite a while.
As expected the Bowmore 25 had some people ravingly enthousiastic, but other (me among those) were kind of bummed out. A mixed feeling of incredible gratefulness and ‘no. just no.’ ensued. It’s not everyday that someone sends you a sample of something this expensive and old.
Therefore, a million thanks to Douglas Laing and Steve Rush of The Whisky Wire for this sample, the other samples and letting me participate in it.
The stats of this dram:
Bowmore 25, 50.2%, Refill Hogshead, Douglas Laing’s Old Particular. It’ll set you back € 325 in the only shop I’ve seen it at so far.