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12 Mar 2009

Bowmore 1983 (Old Malt Cask)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bowmore

Bowmore made some good stuff and some bad stuff. The youngest bottlings seem to have improved, but it’s safe to say Bowmores from the eighties are risky. There are more bad ones than good ones from that era. How about this Douglas Laing bottling?

 

Bowmore 25y 1983 - Douglas LaingBowmore 25y 1983
(50%, DL OMC 2008, ref. 4189, 259 btl.)

Nose: relatively sweet, lemony. Oranges. Peaty for a Bowmore, with maritime notes. Ouch, after that it starts to become perfumy as well (lavender). Mouth: Sunlight soap. Violet candy, strawberry and strong peat. Slighty peppered. Finish: eau de cologne and grapefruit, getting quite dry. More perfume in the aftertaste.

Last year at the festivals of Liège and Gent, Douglas Laing brought us a few stunning malts, such as the OMC Banff 36y 1971. This year, their range was a bit of a disappointment. This Bowmore is a perfect example. So not worth € 150 in my opninion. I’m sure they have better stuff lying around.

Score: 60/100.

Bowmore 1983 (Old Malt Cask) 0.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-03-12

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  • SK: And just to prove a point, all of the bottles are still available in places where they usually run out. Lets see how many will be still available whe
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