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.

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.

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

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…



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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