A little while ago I booked 8 spots at De Whiskykoning‘s ‘winter tasting’. Winter boils down to peat in his book and this time around he had been able to gather six Feis Ile bottlings, if you count the Ardbeg Galileo as one.
The line-up, therefore was pretty awesome and when the tasting was only € 27.50, it kind of made my day. The addition of a lot of friends helped too, of course. Since the 8 spots went so easily, I already booked all 11 spots for next year. I think this is kind a cool in a very childish way. Look what I did!
Anyway, the Bowmore Feis Ile for this year is a bourbon cask matured bottling, at not too big an age. There is another one at 24 year old but that would mean its from the late eighties and I’m glad the tasting didn’t include that one.
This Bowmore being a not-too-old bourbon matured one is more or less a smaller batch version of the Tempest releases they do annually since 2010. This made me eager to try it!
It’s very rich from the start, with hay and sea weed scents all over. Sweet with hazelnut and spices. Lots of vanilla after half an hour or so, but quite salty all the way through.
On the palate it’s very sparkly, like soda water but with a lot of alcohol. Dry and sweet with a light spiciness.
Very consistent since the sweet and salty note continues here as well. Very rich too with dry peat but not very long.
This whisky cannot be compared to anything but the Tempest range, but if we do so it is more in league with batch 4 than batch 3. Unfortunately for this bottling I prefer batch 3. This one feels a bit safer, more middle-of-the-road than I prefer. Luckily, Bowmore is also going for the rougher, more reeking variety nowadays so I guess this makes everybody satisfied.
A nice start to the tasting but a bit too safe.
Bowmore Feis Ile 2013 edition, bourbon cask matured, 56.5%, available at Hard to Find Whisky for £ 199.95.