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11 Oct 2011

Bowmore 1994 (Signatory for The Nectar)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bowmore

Like the often praised 1993 vintage, 1994 is not a common year for Bowmore. The distillery was being taken over by Suntory and worked on a lower regime at that time.

Sister casks #564, 565, 567, 568, 569, 571, 572, 573 (filled on the same day as this #570) have all been bottled in the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection in 2010 and 2011, in twin cask releases. The cask for Belgium has been selected in 2 masterclasses hosted by Signatory’s Des McCagherty while he was in Belgium at the end of April 2011.

 

Bowmore 1994 SV Nectar BelgiumBowmore 17 yo 1994 (48,8%, Signatory Vintage for The Nectar Belgium 2011, hogshead #570, 227 btl.)

Nose: clean and fresh but not very mature. There are coastal notes to be found (kippers, seashells), faint medicinal notes and pleasant  fruits (lemon, apple, some green banana). Hints of eucalyptus and very nice tobacco. Medium peat and a little wet wool. Quite gentle and not extremely expressive, but I like it a lot. Mouth: again not extremely powerful. Starts sweet, slightly rooty and herbal with pepper and peat. Lots of coastal notes. Smoked tea. Lemon candy. Also flowery hints and some carbolic soap (bummer). Finish: long, salty (liquorice) and peaty with the bitterness of lemon zest.

Around € 70 while several UCF releases are still available for around € 40.

Score: 82/100

Bowmore 1994 (Signatory for The Nectar) 3 Ruben Luyten 2011-10-11
  • http://bwhisky.free.fr bpoujol

    Comments seems good “Quite gentle and not extremely expressive, but I like it a lot.”, seems to have no major default but the mark was quite low.
    You dont like this profile ?
    The overall is not impressive ?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I like the nose but the palate far less. I’m not a fan of the floral / soapy notes. Maybe I expected too much of it, hoping that 1994 would be a possible match for the 1993 profile.

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