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Bowmore Tempest Small Batch Release No.1 55.3% NV

€ 136,32 (excl. Vat)
164,95 (incl. Vat)
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Distillery

Bowmore

Bottler

OB

Serie Small Batch Release No 1
Bottled for X
Distilled date Not Specified
Bottling date 2009
Country Scotland
Region

Islay

Age 10
Cask Type 1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Cask Number X
Alcohol percentage 55.3
Volume 0,70
Condition Perfect
Stock 1


Serge Valentin (88)

Colour: gold.

Nose: punchy, clean, crisp, peaty, coastal, mineral and slightly lemony. Not aggressive, flawless – so far. With water: this is interesting, it gets rather more spirity and aggressive when diluted, as if water had unleashed some kind of tincture or iodine and mercurochrome (is that the ‘tempest’?). But it’s soon to calm down, getting more complex, with aromas that are usually to be found in much older Islayers, such as camphor and pu-erh tea.

Mouth (neat): the most superb combination of peat, lemon, pepper and iodine that one could taste, with a few spices from the oak in the background (the usual nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger). It’s no overly complex whisky but once again, the balance is impressive. And it’s so drinkable at cask strength! With water: once again, complexity arrives with water. More herbs and even pine resin, the only thing that’s just a tad disturbing is a slight ‘new oak’ note (a little too much ginger/nutmeg for my taste). But that’s nothing.

Finish: long, clean and perfectly balanced once again. And very fresh. Maybe a tad sweeter than before (marmalade?)

Comments: it’s great that the Distillery joined the many independents who already issued superb young clean Bowmores in recent times, even if this Tempest is a little sweeter than most. A lovable

BOW (86)

Words Of Whisky:

If you're into light and fresh Islay-style whisky, than you'll enjoy the Tempest. This is a good whisky, priced just above entry-level whiskies, but so much better.
Nose
Fresh peat, vegetal, white pepper and smoke. A bit sharp and malty. Citrussy too, with a touch of honey and white chocolate.

Taste
Peat smoke, earthy. Lots of citrus, mostly lemon. Salt and pepper, wood spices also.

Finish
Salt, lemon and smoke. Fairly long.

3.7 stars - 2 professional reviews
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