Review: Bowmore Tempest Batch 2

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bowmore Distillery

Bottling: Morrison Bowmore (now owned by Suntory)

ABV: 56%

Cost: £54.45 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

First the storm … then the calm.

Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, our Master Blender has selected a range of casks that create a tropical storm for the sixth series. One moment your face is washed by the full force of a typhoon, with its salty sea tang. Then next you feel the warmth of the sun’s golden rays on your skin as the clouds disperse and a magical calm descends. Welcome to Islay, where the seasons, moods and flavours all collide.

Tempest Batch No. 2 – 56% ABV

On the eye warm gold.

Breathe in dry peat smoke perfectly balanced by delicious zesty lemon pepper.

Sip initial bursts of lemon pepper followed by the signature Bowmore peaty set salt tang. The citrus returns at the end adding balance and complexity to the mouth feel.

Savour fresh lemon pepper.

Omakase Sayonara WOLS

What I say:

The final dram from the Omakase Sayonara WOLS Tasting presented by Richard Kuo hails from one of his favourite distilleries, Bowmore on Islay. This relatively unadultered expression results from maturing Bowmore spirit for a minimum of 10 years in first-fill bourbon casks before it is bottled at cask strength and released in small batches (currently 6 so far)

Colour:

18 carat gold (8/20) large, medium-quick droplet tears leave very fine & long legs

Nose:

Peaty and fresh, vanilla extract, malty cereal barley, fruity lemon and orange, apple juice, honey-sweet, slightly medicinal, hospital/dentist surgery waiting rooms, clove oil? germolene and bandages, carbolic soap or iodine, more grainy cereals and a little sandalwood.

Taste:

Fruity, fruit gums/dolly mixture sweeties, lemon and orange citrus, candied peel, heavy peat influence, liquorice-like, dark touch of treacle toffee, some freshly sawn oak wood, recently creosoted wooden fence.

Finish:

Long, peaty and fruity, liquorice salty and drying, slightly tannic

Overall:

Fruit and peat, lots of vanilla on the nose but doesn’t translate into the palate. Definitely a Nosing whisky, a real pleasure to sit and smell, it is dark and richly textured.

Score: 83 points

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