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15 Sep 2012

Bowmore 1989 (Maltman)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bowmore

Another release by The Maltman: Bowmore 21 years old, distilled in 1989.

 

Bowmore 21 years - The MaltmanBowmore 21 yo 1989
(46%, The Maltman 2012)

Nose: nicely coastal, with seaweed, brine and sweet peat. Delicate smoke and a vague vanilla sweetness in the background. Faintly medicinal with a lemon / linseed oil combination. Less fruity touches than I remember in previous Bowmore 1989 releases. Mouth: it has a slightly diluted feel, as if the Bowmore coastalness was cut with sugary water. Sweet lemon drops, some pepper and liquorice. Fading on leafy notes. Finish: medium long, smoky, with a light herbal bitterness.

We already knew Bowmore 1989 can be very nice, but in this case I feel the reduced strength brings smoothness but also takes away part of the magic. Around € 85.

Score: 86/100

Bowmore 1989 (Maltman) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-15

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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