Monday, July 27, 2009
Bowmore Maltmen's Edition
Islay Single Malt Whisky
I think I will do another string of Islay whiskies this "week" on the Malt Mission. I tasted many incredible drops while on Islay earlier this month but unfortunately I am quite anal about having a controlled environment for tasting if I intend to post them on this blog so I took very few notes. This is one I visited twice however, thanks to the kindness of Eddie and the ladies at the visitor centre. Thank you for your hospitality!
Bowmore is one of the last distilleries to still have a traditional floor maltings and one of only 6 (Balvenie, Bowmore, Highland Park, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Springbank) to still use it for producing about 20% of it's malted barley needs. The malting process takes 5 days from steeping to kilning so the maltmen selected 5 casks to be vatted and bottled as their choice. The casks are all from 1995 producing a 13 year old malt whisky.
Canned fruit, prunes, plums, dry tobacco and grape juice. Sherry. Apple tobacco in a hookah.
Beachy. Sandy and salty with suntan lotion, jojoba, cocoa butter, papaya and banana. Spice comes through, too, with orange zest, cloves, and a hickory smokiness that sets the whole thing down on a bbq for dinner.
Rich, sweet, and beautiful. A very enjoyable drop that maintains the natural Bowmore characteristics while allowing the sherry influences to take the flavours in exciting new directions.
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