An Incredibly Fruity Whisky
Reviewed by John Fegan on
The 18 is somehow more obviously peated than the previous 17 and it works well, gentle for an Islay but not one to try if you’re expecting gentle and fruity.
Aroma: Almost pungent peat smoke with a gentle fruit buried beneath
Palette: Fruity, Sweet plums and grapes, distinct peat smoke
Finish: Dark chocolate, peaty with a hint of citrus
Bowmore 18 Year Old
Produced by Bowmore
Average Price £79
The 18 which has in the last few years come to place the brands 7 is a lighter more sophisticated variant of the companies previous core line, very fruity yet preserving the gentle peat smoke aromas and flavours of this exquisite Islay. Incredibly affordable for an 18 and well worth acquiring now as it may not be around shortly.
Bowmore 18 Years Old - Tasting Notes
Here we have quite a special whisky this is Bowmore 18 years old which replaced the old core version of the 17 years old. We launched this a couple of years ago to coincide with the launch we actually put this into the San Francisco Wayne & Spirit Competition, over 700 whiskies blind taste tested by a panel of judges across North America and what was spectacular was that it didn’t just win a gold or a double gold, best in category it actually won best in show which for a small company like us is a huge accolade.
At eighteen-years-old you really see a progression in the spirit you see the smokiness that up until now has been signature characteristic of the whisky, you see that taper away and you see some of the fruity character that has been hidden underneath really come through to the fore. When you look at the colour of its slightly darker in colour is slightly more bronze in colour this is a marriage of whiskies they have matured entire life in European oak casks and whiskies that have matured their entire life in North American oak casks. We bring these together we marry them, we just let them just infuse with each other naturally and in produces a whisky of distinction.
Now when we nose this it’s fruity on the nose at first you still get that lingering smokiness in the back ground but no anywhere near as strong as perhaps you would see in the 12 or the darkest. You get a little bit of em.. fruitiness coming through their you get some toffee coming through as well. Really a perfectly balanced drum and you know we could talk about this whisky all day but the most important thing about whisky is to taste it. It just brings your palate alive with some fruitiness nice there, you still get that saltiness that is typical with all Bowmore and just the smokiness this time rather than coming as the first taste it really comes more as a gentle after taste.
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