What's in a name? Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory) whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory) whiskey, rather than whisky.
I don't go in for pretentious and (to me) absurd whisky-tasting jargon, such as licorice palate with butterscotch undertones, all I can say is that this is an excellent and polished malt, extraordinarily smooth and far too more-ish for one's purse and peace of mind. It's the whisky you'd love to show off to your guests, but on the other hand you'd probably rather keep it greedily to yourself. The rank peat-smoke taste of Laphroiag and Lagavulin are well to the background here, existing as subtle hints rather than raw on the palate, with enough sea-spray to let you know it's an Isla. The non-chill filter brings out far more subtleties of taste than otherwise. My advice is go for it while the limited edition lasts. It could even be an investment.
24th July 2011