As voted by the staff at The Whisky Exchange, trade partners, and leading figures in the UK whisky industry, Bowmore’s 15 year old Islay single malt scotch whisky goes into 2018 with this prestigious title. Reasonably priced at £49.95 for the 70cl bottle at 43% ABV, this scotch whisky spends its first 12 years in American bourbon casks, finishing with a final 3 years in sherry casks in Spain.
The Whisky Exchange commented:
This 15 year old single malt, which spends its final three years in sherry casks, is elegantly balanced between this sherry influence and the distillery’s fruit and peat characteristics… which reflects the best of the distillery’s output from around the new millennium.
BOWMORE 15 YEAR OLD ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
8.6 out of 10
NOSEA balance of leathery sherry notes and fruity touches. Ripe mangos and wine gums sit on one side; tarred ropes, burnt sugar, medicinal edges, spiced fruit and burnt raisins sit on the other. More sweetness developed as it sat in the glass, along with hints of coconut and vanilla appearing.PALATEA strong fruit and peat smoke, with grapefruit, linseed oil, and some floral touches, balanced by black liquorice, green leaves and some menthol. Water brought out more sweetness, with tropical touches, blackcurrant, cinnamon sugar and fruity chews developing along with gingerbread.FINISHA fantastically enjoyable whisky with hearty dark wood notes, a woody spice, and a tasty green apple finish. Top marks.
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