Signatory Bowmore 1999
Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and this bottle has been filled without chill filtration for Signatory's Un-Chill Filtered range.
Brine and sea air with a floral character hiding underneath. The palate is reminiscent of parma violets and banana with the peat smoke building towards a phenolic finish.
A very well balanced whisky. I've heard mixed reviews of Bowmore's offerings, but this one is really well done. 46%, nonchillfiltered, and no added coloring? Count me in. This Signatory bottling combines all the peaty smoke, iodine, and maritime salinity of a great Islay malt with just the right amount of heathery, lavender honey and a lovely bit of bourbon sweetness/vanilla. The reagent-style labeling on the bottle was a really nice touch as well. If you can find this one, give it a try.
2nd April 2014