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17 Mar 2012

Bowmore 1997 (Whisky-Fässle)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bowmore

Here’s the latest release by the German whisky shop Whisky-Fässle, in their series with the Duck labels (well, a certain part of a duck in this case…). This Bowmore was distilled in June 1997.

 

Bowmore 1997 Whisky-FässleBowmore 14 yo 1997 (51,8%, Whisky-Fässle 2012, bourbon hogshead)

Nose: a mild peatiness and big, fresh, coastal notes (seaweed, wet sand on a shore). A hint of leather. Develops a nice sweetness in the background (lime, yellow plums) as well as soft medicinal notes. Excellent balance. Less fruity than the great Bowmore 1993 releases but it has a similar roundness and elegance. Mouth: again relatively smooth. Starts on round notes (sweet lemon, tangerine, hints of vanilla and cinnamon) mixed with clean, sweet peat. Some briny notes. Hints of camphor and liquorice. High all-round quality. Finish: long, minty and peppery with lingering peat.

Excellent balance of the coastal Islay character with a sweeter roundness. Great selection, recommended. Around € 80.

Score: 89/100

Bowmore 1997 (Whisky-Fässle) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-17
  • nulty

    14yo, 80€. C’mon.

  • MARS

    Yes, prices are becoming insane.
    Hopefully, you can still find some bargain here and there.

  • Johan L

    Some guys (= Bert Bruyneel) still do know what normal prices are nowadays: check out the Bowmore 13y for Asta Morris, a great one and around 55 EUR if I do remember well.

  • Michael

    Mars – the unique label probably makes it worth at least 30 € more expensive and worth it for collectors :-)
    (I am not a collector!)

  • MARS

    Michael – I know it. It’s even possible that the price will rise more at auctions.
    Still, it’s insanely priced (less than the manager’s choice who are still available. lol )

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