Bowmore 1985 / 26 Year Old / Single Malts of Scotland

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Bowmore 1985 / 26 Year Old / Single Malts of Scotland
70cl / 54.9%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
A rather delicious 1985 vintage Bowmore bottled from a single hogshead by Speciality Drinks for the Single Malts of Scotland range. Medium-bodied, with oak, fruit and some restrained floral notes, as opposed to the massive lavender sometimes exhibited by Bowmores of this era. A relatively gentle, mellow dram.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdSeriesSingle Malts of ScotlandAge26 Year OldVintage1985Bottling DateApril 2012Cask Number24372Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles225
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Tim F

Nose:  Big natural sweet hit straight out of the glass - like crunchie bars, chocolate and honeycomb.  Then becomes bready, with medicine cabinet bandaginess, hay, fabric plasters - heavenly!  Wet flannel, flinty stones and generous rich oak, then some lovely tropical citrus fruit, hot-buttered toast and a faint whiff of smoke.

Palate:  Mediumweight. Shortbread, mandarins, oak, hot-buttered toast, hay and more than a hint of 'Jamaican herbs' (!).  Gets quite sweet and floral (sweetpea, not lavender), but in a balanced way, not dominating like some of the more notorious Bowmores of this era.  The smoke is there in the background, but relatively restrained.

Finish: Medium-length with some flintiness and wood ash among the fading bandages and fresh fruit.

Comment: A mellow but characterful Bowmore with the expected floral, fruity and oaky notes in good balance.

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