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Our 26 year old Bowmore has oodles of character. It's full of flavours from old-fashioned tuck shops; from Drumstick lollies, to Fruit Salad Chews – and including the one particular flavour that truly jumps out of the glass, that of Parma Violets – you’ll find them all here.
It recently enjoyed great success at the ‘Best in Glass’ awards from www.caskstrength.net and was declared a Master at the Scotch Whisky Masters!
Nose: 21.5/25 Uniquely Bowmore: a hickory-sweetened mixture of Fisherman’s Friends and kippers;
Taste: 21/25 weird: there is no other word for it. The cough sweet peat appears to be drowned in a tidal wave of sweet, nondescript fruit. For a moment there is silence on the palate… then spices break out…
Finish: 23.5/25 …and at last we have serious whisky. Beautiful texture to the oaky vanilla and phenols materialise in various degrees of intensity and sweetness and dryness: a fabulous fade…
Balance: 22/25 now that’s something completely different: the nose and early delivery has you checking the paper for the date: nope, it really isn’t April 1st. Where the hell is all that sweetness coming from…? Then it starts to settle towards something recognisable as very good whisky and from then onwards you are served up a minor treat.
Nose: Huge fruit, sherbets, black and red fruit gums and a massive waft of Parma Violets. It's like that first heady aroma you get when walking into an old fashioned sweet shop and it's totally delicious! leaving this in the glass for a short time gives some splendid black cherries, a minute hint of smoke and some shaved dark chocolate.
Palate: The fruit sherbet and parma violets just get even more flavoursome on the palate. Tremendous oily mouthfeel, leading into some lovely light floral notes and a little woodiness emerge. Sweet and creamy Milky Bar flavours also start to make themselves known and you'd be forgiven for perhaps thinking this was a whisky designed for children!? (albeit children who know a great whisky when they taste it!!)
Finish: Lengthy, perfumed and full of sweetness. Just lovely.
Overall: Such a light, deft touch from a pretty seriously aged malt. where on earth did it come from?? It certainly is one of the most unusual whiskies we've come across in a while- and delivers on every front. Makes me start to think about swizzle sticks, drumstick lollies and other sugary treats of my yesteryear. Smiles all round....
Nose: Hmmm… what’s this? It’s not soapy Bowmore, but it’s not like their regular stuff either. Very candied, with some marshmallow and cherry fruit gums. Hey, I like this, although it’s still faintly floral and I wouldn’t possibly recognize this as a Bowmore. Soft vanilla / white chocolate underneath. With a drop of water it becomes very lightly peaty and quite grassy.
Mouth: Very sweet attack. Violet candy appears, balancing on the edge between fruity notes and hints of lavender. But it never crosses the line. Citrus. Some peat in the background, with whiffs of cinnamon.
Finish: Still quite candied, with vanilla and just a hint of peat.
Overall: Ever wondered how a Bowmore lollipop would taste like? Once you get over the prejudices, this is very enjoyable. And I never thought I would write that about a 1982 Bowmore. In any case unique.
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Shampoo & violet. I got headache just to think about it!
19th February 2012
13th September 2011
This Bowmore is sadly one destilled in the 80-ties when there is to much violet, lavendel and champoo. Some peaople call this FHP.
9th February 2011
Parfume & soap...bah*
5th January 2011
An astringent and coarse nose blanketed in hessian with a touch of smoke, kippers and violets. A bit of a rough and ready brute, which I wouldn’t have thought was this old. I have to say the astringent freshness and hessian make odd bed fellows. The palate is exceedingly rubbery and coastal, with oily viscous peat smoke landing like a slab on the tongue. This is followed by buckets of parma violets, brine and alcohol all coated in this wonderful rubbery/ oily coastalness. I love the visceral intensity of this dram. Did I say this was salty…. Hmm… yep, it’s salty alright with a distinct seaweedy finish.
8th July 2010
It's well worth it. I'm willing to bet you end up buying a bottle. i did!
11th May 2010
People seem to be focussing on how 'crazy' this whisky is while missing the main point. It is delicious!This is the third I've tried from the master of malt range, all of which have been outstanding.
24th February 2010
This is nuts. If you want a lesson in how diverse the world of whisky can be, here it is. Bonkers.
22nd February 2010
This is the kookiest whisky I think I've ever had. It's incredibly good, and packed full of that old-school Bowmore parma-violet flavour!
13th October 2009
A great whisky. Had a bottle of this as a gift and it didn't last long! I only wish i'd kept more of it to myself. Well worth the money
12th October 2009