I rarely buy bottles from The Whisky Agency, and I have been wanting to do a bottle-share with some for ages. It just doesn’t seem to happen for some reason.
When I did buy a bottle last year, my good friend JP bought one too. Both a Bowmore. We promised each other samples, but since he is not going through way too many open ones and is opening bottles more or less when he buys them, I already got his and he’ll get mine at some point.
Anyway, Bowmore. With the glorious bottling from somewhere in the 90s until now, it’s quickly becoming a favourite too.
Lightly peated, but a lot heavier in other areas. There’s some lemon curd in there, but also nuts, dried lemon, some damp earth. Maybe even mushrooms. Some oak, but not overly so.
The palate is crisp, and rather sharp. Lemony, some oak but also quite some spices. Some cinnamon and ginger, lemon, lime even. There’s also a bit of a cocktail like bitterness. Luckily the lime bit doesn’t go into the cleaning liquid spectrum.
The finish mellows out quickly. It’s fairly short even. More malty than I expected, but pretty good.
Although I don’t care for the finish (absolutly not bad, but rather uninteresting) the palate is great. Unlike most Scotches, in which I prefer the nise above all) in this case the palate is the best part. A really good dram, and I think I remember it was nicely priced too!
Bowmore 12, 2001-2013, 52.9%, Liquid Library
Thanks to JP for the sample!