Bowmore 1989 / 23 Year Old / The Whisky Agency

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Bowmore 1989 / 23 Year Old / The Whisky Agency
70cl / 53.1%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Agency
An interesting coloured whisky from Bowmore, tinged with a bit of olive green. It was distilled back in 1989 and was bottled in 2012 by the folks at The Whisky Agency after 23 years in a sherry butt. Part of the TWA 'Fights' series, this label features an alligator biting a snake.
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More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerThe Whisky AgencySeriesFightsAge23 Year OldVintage1989Bottling Date2012Cask TypeSherryChill FilteredNoNo of Bottles341
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by WhiskyFun (Serge Valentin)

This baby from the new ‘fights’ series. 1989? FWP or not? Let’s see… (especially since FWP + sherry works as well as coffee + mustard in my experience…;-))

Colour: dark straw.

Nose: ha-ha, this is interesting! It’s a prototypical cowstably Bowmore (wot???), full of old leather, horse sweat, scented soap, wacky old walnut liqueur, old Malaga wine, Manzanilla, chalk, seawater, black olives and simply massive whiffs of cigar box. It’s actually hard to catch, as it keeps changing…

With water: water kind of freezes it. Cigars, seawater and, cough, cough, lavender.

Mouth (neat): it is a tad unlikely, dirty-ish, kind of unsteady and curiously gamy and even foul, but that’s what makes it ‘fun’! Imagine a mixture of mustard, salt, chocolate, coffee, chicken bouillon, kippers, violet sweets, stout beer and chocolate. No I’m not kidding.

With water: adds some vegetal notes to the mix, such as parsley. What a funny soup!

Finish: calms down, with the lemon kicking in and lemon usually takes control of just any malt whisky once it’s in. Briny aftertaste. More kippers.

Comments: my scores are purely ‘organoleptic’ but should I take ‘wackiness’, ‘unlikeliness’ and ‘fun’ into consideration, this baby would be worth 90. Try to try it!

SGP:464 - 82 points.

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