Insider knowledge: Bowmore 25 Year Old (old bottling) whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Bowmore 25 Year Old (old bottling) whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Creamy, leafy, soft peat, coastal, gentle smoke. Some vanilla.
Palate: Poised, dryness, hints of sweetness. A dark, smoky peat.
Finish: Gentle smoke, bittersweet, dusting of cocoa, oak.
The nose surprised me: I didn't detect the flavors that hit me once I tasted this. There is a lot going on with this whisky, more than I can adequately describe. I bought the 3 cl dram and thought I might get a whole bottle. But when I realized just how much a whole bottle would set me back ... Hmmm. Second thoughts. And the thing that kills me is that I so much prefer the Bowmore 15 Year Darkest, which is quite literally a quarter the price. But this is good stuff. (A second sip, and, wow, what complexity! I just have to hold this in my mouth for a while....)
16th March 2013