Bowmore - Islay Single Malt 21 year old

70cl / 700ml / 43%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Bowmore
Series / Description
Islay Single Malt
Year Bottled
1990's
Age
21 year old
Alcohol ABV
43%
Cask Wood Type
Sherry
Packaging
Satin Lined Box
Bottler
Distillery
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Cork
Bottle Type
Standard
Bottle Size
70cl / 700ml
Neck Level
Full Level
HTFW Cat. No.
LP8804
£599.95

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Product Description

A long delisted bottling of Bowmore 21 year old from around 2003 with the old style packaging and label.

Colour:  Deep copper

Nose: Delicate, fruity and mineral. Commencing with chalky sand and rocky wet slate, this Bowmore’s minerality extends into its subtle smoke – coal dust, tar and a fire in a gravel pit, but all rather restrained and integrated with the other flavours. Slightly sherried, this offers heathery honey, melon, light fresh berries and a good whack of orange segments and peels. A few drops of water really heightens the orange-esque aroma into tangerines and satsumas. It also adds some light chocolate and coastal influence – rock pool water.

Taste: Sweet with ashy peat. Minerality continues, granite and slate mingle with chalky ashy peat, but are livened by very fresh, tart lemon and grapefruit juices. Orange peels, sour cherries and hedgerow berries make for a particularly fruity palate. Cask influence can be felt more keenly here – old wood beams, antique furniture and some ginger spicing. Water heightens the woody elements of this whisky further, emphasising oak and astringency, but also adding coffee beans and light chocolate.

Finish: Medium long and packed full of tangy citrus and chalky minerality.

Comments: Excellent older Bowmore which is as subtle as it is delicious. A nuanced interplay between sweet with peat, and coastal with mineral makes for a whisky which feels completely Islay, whilst at the same time never lets a single flavour profile dominate the experience. A wonderful composition that offers both complexity, and a look back at how good Bowmore’s whisky’s used to be.