Bowmore 25 Years is a mix of American bourbon and a large proportion of Spanish sherry casks.
It used to be bottled at 40% (black label), then as a Small Batch release. Now it’s part of the core range at 43% ABV with a white label.
Bowmore 25 yo
(43%, OB +/- 2018)
Nose: nicely mellow but aromatic. Gentle smoke, with jammy sherry fruits, hints of cedar oak and plenty of cooked fruits in the background. A little chocolate, berries, toffee. There’s a thicker side (blackberries) but also a bright, slightly acidic fruitiness (raspberry and lime). Cinnamon and tobacco too.
Mouth: a little disappointing now. It’s thin, with some burnt oak, salted notes and cocoa. There’s sherry and there’s this nice fruitiness (pink grapefruit) but also a faint hint of lavender (not 1980s amounts though). Clove, nutty notes.
Finish: long, fairly dry and spicy, with toasted oak, espresso, herbs and still a little grapefruit.
Hard to score: the nose was nice enough, but on the palate it feels less harmonious, lacking some richness. The regular price is quite ambitious (see TWE) but it’s now heavily discounted over at Master of Malt.