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29 Sep 2012

Bowmore Bw1 (Elements of Islay)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bowmore

This is the first Bowmore release in the Elements of Islay range.


Bowmore Bw1 TWEBowmore Bw1
(52,9%, Elements of Islay 2012, 50 cl)

Nose: clean, fresh Islay nose with tight peat, plenty of coastal notes (seashells, kelp, gravel) and fresh walnuts. Some lemon, eventually growing towards sweet kiwi. Hints of wet wool and oil. Also distinctive floral notes. Mouth: very much in line. Smoke, fizzy lemon and hints of pineapple in the background. Liquorice and salt, a little resin maybe. A nice hint of mocha in the aftertaste. Finish: long, still on coastal notes and salty liquorice with a soft grapefruit bitterness.

If you wanted to discover the typical character of Bowmore, here’s a suitable bottle for you. A classic example of the 1990’s Bowmore style, if only a little rough. Around € 75. Available from The Whisky Exchange or selected retailers.

Score: 87/100

Bowmore Bw1 (Elements of Islay) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-29



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