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Bowmore 12-Year-Old Straight From The Cask

Bowmore 12-Year-Old Straight From The Cask



A 12-year-old Bowmore matured in a single ex-sherry cask and bottled as part of the ‘Straight From The Cask’ series.

A range from Signatory Vintage, this was distilled 2 October 2002 and bottle 12 years later on 25 August 2015. There were 342 bottles at 57.4%.

The oldest working distillery on Islay – the island famed for its peated whisky – if we believe their 1779 foundatio date, and one of the few distilleries in Scotland with its own malting floor (about 30% of their requirements come from here), Bowmore is a distillery coming back into fashion.

This cask was selected by the team at French whisky company La Maison du Whisky, who themselves have sold out of the expression.

Official tasting notes from the LMDW team:

Nose: Firm, lively. Smoke, peat and iodine initially play the role of troublemakers, leading us to forget that this Bowmore is also intensely exotic (passion fruit, kiwi). Allowed to breathe, it becomes very spicy (white pepper), while the peat cloaks itself in marine (seaweed) and medicinal (sleet) aromas. With magnificent smoothness, it becomes increasingly full-bodied, almost fleshy.

Palate: Clean, invigorating. With gusto, the palate continues the peaty, exotic duality of the nose, which it transcends by dissecting each note to draw out the very substance. Next, heady florals (hyacinth, pink peppercorn), mint and salted butter caramel fill-out the mid-palate. The peat gradually gains in consistency. Its creamy texture and freshness are absolutely magnificent.

Overall: Long, silky. Like inhaling deep lungfuls of salty sea air. Exoticism that matches the nose and the palate. Very “Bowmore”, the end of the palate alternates between oily peat, dark chocolate, fine spices (saffron, cardamom) and heady florals. In the retro-nasal olfaction, smoky malted barley shines with purity and presence. The empty glass is characterised by notes of straw and leather.

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Single Cask








500 mls



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