I tried a few different drams, but this 16 year old Bowmore from a refill Sherry Butt was a cracker.
Slightly medicinal, but plenty of sweetness, more honey than dried fruits though. Maple cured bacon could also be detected.
Silky smooth, there is a lovely thickness to the liquid.
Ash and tar are clearly there, but also dried fruit and more bacon / ham and slight saltiness.
There is some leather and tobacco towards the end with a dryness, but the finishing flavour is best described as cough medicine.
Lovely long finish.
I’m a big fan of sherried Islay whisky and this is lovely. Like the Bowmore Enigma it gives a lovely balance of smoke and sweetness and the cask strength allows a much greater complexity.
I didn’t buy a bottle of this when I tasted it, but am thinking that maybe I should have!
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