Bowmore 1993 / 18 Year Old / TWE Masterpieces

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Bowmore 1993 / 18 Year Old / TWE Masterpieces
70cl / 61.6%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
The second entry in The Whisky Exchange's Masterpieces Collection, as selected by Sukhinder Singh himself. A fantastic fruity Bowmore - how whisky should be. It's worth noting that this one seems rather peatier than normal Bowmore as well - and check out the extraordinary cask strength for an 18yo. Silver Medal at the Malt Maniac Awards 2011. Maximum 1 bottle per customer.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdSeriesMasterpiecesAge18 Year OldVintage1993Chill FilteredNo
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Magazine

Nose
Gentle and luscious with mango an peach and some passion fruit behind (it's hot so add water). After water some parma violet, a little smoke, linseed oil (cricket bats).

Palate
Long and balanced with masses of tropical fruit - especially after water - tht reddens into strawberry. Water is needed to get the full textural effect.

Finish
Delicate smoke seems to break free.

Comments
Subtle, layered, long. Tropical fruit. Bowmore's are highly prized, grab this while you can.

9/10

Tasting Notes by Martine Nouet for Whisky Magazine

Nose
Medicinal. Distant smoke. Some TCP. Bog myrtle. Pretty restrained at first. Takes time to come to life. A mineral note. Lots of exotic fruit. Passion fruit.

Palate
Dry, slightly sooty. Fizzy spiciness wrapped in sweet vanilla syrup. Plenty of exotic fruit.

Finish
Dry. Spicy. White pepper.

Comments
That whisky needs a dash of water to cut the edges. Clean, big with that wonderful exotic fruit character that some Bowmore proudly display.

Serge Valentin, http://whiskyfun.com

Five stars 
As a Frenchman, I cannot not be pleased with the fact that some bottlers in the UK would use Cognac bottles for their whiskies, but as they say, never mind the bottle, let's just drink it! Colour: gold. Nose: this baby starts both smoky (rather coal, soot) and fruity, with all the mangos, oranges, passion fruits and guavas that you’d rather expect from a 1966. A little leather and lime-blossom tea in the background. With water: warning, water kind of kills the fruitiness and rather lets grassy and farmy notes take the lead. Only a little grapefruit remains there, and that just lasts. Mouth (neat): very intense, salty and smoky right from the start, with bags of lemons, wheelbarrows of grapefruits and truckloads of tangerines. Powerful of course but bizarrely, not unquaffable at 61.6%. With water: utterly citrusy and extremely drinkable. Pure fruit juice, did they also add vitamins? Finish: long, sexy, ultra-citrusy. Comments: a great, great white Sancerre – I mean, Bowmore. Well done, London. SGP:656 - 91 points.

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate
Bowmore lovers rarely get excited about the smokiness of their favorite single malt. Rather, they obsess about the tropical fruits that some old bottlings exhibit. Here is one such example. Initially the nose suggests verjus and linseed oil, but the peachiness rather than beachiness emerges. The smoke hits first on the tongue, backed up with mango and violet, then the tropical elements and the smoke play off each other up until the guava-laden finish. 93 Points
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