This Bowmore 18 Year Old replaced the 17 year old, which was phased out a few years ago. Mind that there is a different version, also 18 years old but with a subtitle “deep and complex”, only available in travel retail.
Bowmore 18 yo (43%, OB +/- 2018)
Nose: nice combination of dried seaweed and tobacco with chocolate and (overripe) blood oranges. Toffee caramel. Blackberries and cassis. Hints of rubber as well, but they disappear after a while. Gentle peat. Hints of burnt pineapple.
Mouth: quite sweet and fruity, but I find it a little thin nonetheless. Lots of dark berries again, grapes, caramel and plum jam. I can still feel a floral hint of violets, I though that period was now entirely behind us. Then more chocolate and light peat smoke. Tobacco leaves and a bittersweet finale on Seville oranges.
Finish: long, still quite intensely bittersweet, with some oak and marmalade.