Bowmore 13 Years Old 2001
56.6% ABV, £51.90 for 70cl from Cadenheads Whisky Shop
What they say:
Distilled at Bowmore Distillery in 2001 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for 13 years before bottling in October 2014 to produce 270 bottles.
Nose: Wet smoke, lots of vanilla, quite oily, with smoked meats and heather honey, it’s another of those great Bowmore vintages that take you to a warm summer by the sea.
Palate: A dry wood fire as one would hope with coal dust and then some golden syrup takes this dram across the palate with a touch of lemon and a hint of cumin. Yes this is an Islay
Finish: Dry spices start off the finish then incomes dry smoke and a touch of passion fruit to give that sweet smoke ending we all love from Bowmore.
What I say:
The final dram of WOLS 14/7 whisky and chocolate pairing tasting with The Chocolate Tree.
Sweet heather honey and vanilla, cereal barley malt and oak wood, bonfire smoke wafts in with hints of burning green wood and autumn leaves
Honey and golden syrup drizzled over cereal wheat and barley, the characteristic young Bowmore lemon acidity is a little creamier in this dram like lemon curd, with vanilla and coconut milk the peat smoke is gentle and has touches of wood burning stoves
Short/medium sweet lemon smokiness
Not a stunning dram but a better offering than some of the younger, electric lemon offerings from the distillery itself. More pleasurable than licking a plug socket, this one had a creaminess and temperance to the peaty/smoy elements that made it very easy drinking. Approved by non-peaty drammers as accessible and enjoyable.