Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bowmore 17 year old

Bowmore 17 Year Old
Bottled by: Distillery
ABV: 43%
Region: Islay
Price: $60
Availability: No longer bottled at this age. Now replaced by an 18 year old. Becoming scarce.

My first Bowmore discovery was through a small bottle collection that was available at Costco. If memory serves, it included the legend, 12y, 17y and 21y. My recollection is that Bowmore ages very well, with my favorite being the 21y. The purchase of this bottle of the 17y old was prompted by Jim Murray's (Whisky Bible) proclamation that the 17y is his favorite expression from this distillery.

Tasting Notes
medium amber-gold
Delicate peat
quickly passing notions of sweet fruit, some sherry influence, then some medium-strength peat smoke.
Tangy, dry, peat smoke

Overall impression and notes: Bowmore is one of the most lightly peated of the Islay whiskies and the delicate peat in this bottling is a pleasure. This is not a big-bruiser, rather more restrained with an interesting fruit, sherry and peat balance.

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