A cask-strength 10yo from Bowmore, Tempest has been vatted from first-fill bourbon casks. The sweet-tinged, oaky nose gives no indication of the fantastic maelstrom of smoke and spice that follows on the palate. This may be the best 'standard' distillery-bottled Bowmore of the 21st century.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDistillery BottlingAge10 Year Old
Nose: Very appetising whiffs of smoke and sweetness: iodine, coal and wet bonfire balanced with forward notes of barley sugar, honey and a hint of marmalade and cream toffee. Pleasantly oaky. Develops on summer fruit squash and faint hints of the exotic fruits that much older Bowmores are famed for. Also a pleasantly musty spice.
Palate: Big bonfire notes, quite fiery. BIG spicy black pepper and chilli notes, wrapped in thick wood and coal smoke. Much more savoury and powerful than suggested by the nose.
Finish: The dusty oak notes from the nose emerge as the conflagration of coal and smoky spices fades. Finally some sweetness very late on.
Comment: The best 'standard issue' distillery-bottled Bowmore we've had in years.
Customer Reviews: (7 reviews)
This stuff taste like my mother apple tart on a bad sunday
- waterloo, 2nd Jan '12
apple juice? appley cordial? i don't think i purchased the same whisky as john lashay or rico. tim f's notes seem on the money to me: big smoke and also fruit and some floral notes. a wonderful counterpoint to the sherried ob's.
- anonymous, 2nd Dec '10
Top notch - The best in many many many years! They are doing some very good stuff.
- anonymous, 17th Jun '10
There is no any tempest in here! It is just an appley cordial.
- John LaShay, 20th Apr '10
Very calvadossy, on the edge of the apple juice unfortunately!
- rico, 20th Apr '10
Lovely. The best new Bowmore in recent years. Not very peaty though... would be nice if the next batch in this series upped the ppms somewhat.
- aw, 5th Mar '10
If you like a sweet, but still complex whisky, this is the one!It is a steal
- Johan, 9th Jan '10
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