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 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.