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September 22, 2022


Duos: a little Bowmore and good

We have already had a superb Bowmore session final month, however we have been having just a few extra, fairly probably none with any heavy wine-treatment, so just about al pure. No, sherry is not wine, it is one thing else, no? In any case, neither must you ever be allowed so as to add cheese to pasta alle vongole!


Bowmore 17 yo 2003/2022 (53%, WhiskySponge, refill sherry butt, 679 bottles)

Bowmore 17 yo 2003/2022 (53%, WhiskySponge, refill sherry butt, 679 bottles) Five stars

This was the Sponge’s fiftieth bottling, kudos Mr Sponge! Pretty poetic label right here, with somebody shovelling stars (seemingly) as if it was barley. Color: gold. Nostril: begins with a great deal of pickled seaweed, or maybe wakame in brine, earlier than it might somewhat transfer in the direction of wee seashells (our associates winkles and whelks – by no means a phrase increased than the others) plus almonds, putty and recent paint. An previous boat that is simply been repainted. With water: recent putty and marzipan all the way in which, seaweed and damp newspapers within the background. Mouth (neat): splendidly salty, in step with these previous Bowmores that have been typically rolled within the Loch to the puffers. Unsure that was true, however the story is charming. Excessive-concentration margarita, lemon zests, pepper and chillies, ginger, miso and smoked almonds. Actually, tastes like somebody would have poured a litre of seawater (properly, lochwater) into this butt. By the way in which, within the again, some leaves and leather-based plus inexperienced walnuts, all from the sherry I suppose. With water: just a few touches of tropical fruits showing, which could be very Bowmore as properly. End: lengthy, on salted chilly lapsang souchong. Great lemony brine and pure smoke within the aftertaste, traditional Bowmore. Feedback: only a wee bit leathery/peppery on the palate, that have to be the butt, however really splendid.

SGP:465 – 90 factors.

Bowmore 20 yo 2001/2022 (54.8%, LMDW, Artist #20, cask #102)

Bowmore 20 yo 2001/2022 (54.8%, LMDW, Artist #20, cask #102) Five stars

I do not assume this child is out but however it will likely be quickly, most likely throughout or instantly after Whisky Dwell Paris, which can happen this weekend. Color: gold. Nostril: very very very, and I imply very shut, only a tad extra on mangos and umami. Tangerines, putty, engine oil… With water: begins to diverge, with a purer (but) Bowmoreness, with ashes, ink, oats, mangos, soot, seawater, oysters, pink grapefruits, porridge, suet, cigar ashes (an entire ashtray, actually) and an entire wheelbarrow of kelp. Mouth (neat): ultra-tight, bladey, with a great deal of inexperienced pepper and concentrated lime juice. Then a mix of seawater with just a few drops of diesel oil (not a lot, given the prices of Diesel oil nowadays). With water: somewhat elegant, as anticipated. Just a little extra pepper this time once more, zests and fruit skins, tar, salt… End: lengthy, greener and a notch bitterer, loses one level right here. Dura Lex, sed Lex. Feedback: severely, it’s wonderful, however everyone knows that these vintages are terrific, offered some well-mannered casks can have been used, and never any of these pumped-up bespoke ‘wine’ casks which can be to Bowmore what the LM002 was to Lamborghini.

SGP:566 – 90 factors.









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