Bowmore Tempest II, 10yo, First Fill Bourbon casks, 56%

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It’s no secret that I love Bowmore. It’s one of those distilleries that I enjoy from the young to the old releases, although most older releases are way out of my league.

What I also love(d) are the series they did in the semi-recent past. There were the Devil’s Casks, but also the Tempest series. These were released about a decade ago and unfortunately discontinued.

When these came out, they cost around € 60, and even though they’ve gone up significantly, I still think they’re quite worth the € 120 that this one goes for now.

Sniff:
Typical Bowmore with all it’s lemony brine and slightly ammonium like smokiness. Some hessian, but rather light with a lot of grassy floral notes.

Sip:
Sharp as a starter 😉
Light, lots of barley, lemon drizzle cake, but also grass and parma violets. Smoke, salt, heaps of coastal notes.

Swallow:
The freshness, lemon, flowers, slight salinity with the smoke and varley notes linger.

Epic stuff! It does everything that Bowmore is supposed to do. It has that weird ammonium-like undertone, but also the brine and lemon and smoke that makes for a fantastic combination of flavors.

I should get some more of this…

90/100

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to Bowmore Tempest II, 10yo, First Fill Bourbon casks, 56%

  1. Sean Handley says:

    One of my favourites! It tastes like tinned peaches/pineapples and I love it. I wish they’d start producing it again, along with Laimrig…

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