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23 Jul 2012

Bowmore 1997 (Whisky-Fässle)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bowmore

Whisky-Fässle already had a Bowmore 1997 earlier this year. Now there’s a new one, again from a bourbon hogshead (probably from the #800xxx series of casks), and selected by / for Whisky-Freunde Dornstadt.

 

Bowmore 1997 (Whisky-Fässle)Bowmore 15 yo 1997
(53,7%, Whisky-Fässle for Whisky-Freunde Dornstadt 2012, bourbon hogshead)

Nose: modern Bowmore is starting to become the new Caol Ila. Clean, very focused on its key assets, and never bad quality. Mildly peaty with sea air, pepper, lemon and a vague sweetness in the background. Nice and simple. Mouth: again mild (earthy) peat, with a nice citrus fruitiness (grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruits) and soft vanilla. Some briny notes. Hints of cardamom and herbs. Very nice. Finish: long, clean, with pepper, peat and zesty citrus.

Good, good, good. I’ve thought hard about a better conclusion, but we’ll keep it at that. Around € 80.

Score: 89/100

Bowmore 1997 (Whisky-Fässle) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-07-23

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