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06 Jun 2013

Bowmore 2001 (Maltbarn)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bowmore

The latest batch by Maltbarn dates back to February, but some of them may have been overlooked a bit, like this Bowmore 2001.

 

Bowmore 2001 MaltbarnBowmore 11 yo 2001
(53,6%, Maltbarn 2012, sherry butt, 175 btl.)

Nose: it’s funny how sherried Bowmore can seem much older than it actually is (I immediately thought of this Bowmore 1995 SMOS). Some oily garage aromas, worn leather and smoke. Light sulphur but totally not nasty, it blends nicely with the coastal notes and contrasts with the fruity notes of raisins and red plums. Mouth: sherry and peat smoke, this time a little younger and more nervous, but still fruitier than expected. Redcurrant jam and port poached pears. Some brine, earthy peat and hints of bitter orange. Good balance. Finish: long. Now the sherry has faded a bit and the classic lemon zest, salt and ash combo takes over.

Sherried Islay whisky is getting rare, so drams like this are welcome. But please leave a few casks for bottling in a decade or so. Around € 80. Still available.

Score: 89/100

Bowmore 2001 (Maltbarn) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-06-06

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  • Chris: Based on price and transparency alone I'd pick this over the shoddy HP Dark Origins any day. Benromach continues to win me over. While I may not drink
  • Roberto Sikora: Benromach seem to do great things these days. Thumbs up for an uncommon age statement!
  • Fredrik: I recently made a promise not to buy or try NAS whisky anymore. It will sadly go unnoticed but that´s how I feel about this.

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