Bowmore Darkest 15
A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay. This single malt has enjoyed maturation in Oloroso sherry casks.
Nose: Dark and punchy. Sherry notes, juicy Corinth raisins. Spices. Creamy, mochaccino, sweet dates.
Palate: Rich, woody, pine oil. Syrupy. Lovely, creamy toffee and malt. Smoky.
Finish: Spicy, toffee, sherry, barley.
The Whore of Islay
It is fun to feel dirty!
In response to "The Whore of Islay"; it is true this one is considerably sweeter than most Islays, but my cabinet has space for many different whiskies. Sometimes I want it dry, peaty, and smoky. Sometimes I want it full and sweet to swirl and sip. If I should feel dirty about buying this delightful whisky then let it be so! Sometimes it is fun to feel dirty!
16th April 2015
Wonderfully sherried and perfectly smoked, smooth from start to finish!
From a neat pour the nose lends beautiful peat smoke, wet earth, campfire ash, and salty coastal notes. After it opened up, sweeter notes like pumpkin pie and golden raisins came thru. The palate is silky, with hints of salted butter, wood, and smoke. The finish is relatively short, but it is best described as spiced caramel with a wonderful transition back to the coastal saltiness and smoke.
I didn't care for the Bowmore 12 as it's heavy iodine, antiseptic, sterile notes were too much for me. However, while some may disagree, the longer aging and sherry casks makes this a well-balanced peated Islay malt.
If you're not into heavy peat and prefer more sherry notes, this is the perfect way to test the waters. Grab a sample from the chaps at Master of Malt!
26th February 2015
This isn't bad, but for an Islay, it's totally an Islay dressed up in a sherry finish, with distillers suppressing her smokey origins. It's actually not bad as a drink for those who aren't particular, but for those who care, you should feel a little dirty buying this one.
23rd February 2015
The Sherry Cask finish makes this the best of the Bowmore collection.