Distiller: Bowmore. 59.1% ABV. Age: 13 years (distilled 2001, bottled 2014), refill sherry finish. Region: Islay.
Signatory/K&L picked a real winner here. Rich, unctuous, bewitching. Nose starts out smokey and oily with young Granny Smith apples and butterscotch. At full 59.1% it’s a hurricane in your mouth. Endless buttery richness with an overtone of…grapefruit?
Add a splash of water it’s fantastic: just a touch of smoke now, close to the Springbank 12 CS, with more butter, malt, sugar cookies, and a hint of mustard powder (odd, but great).
Bowmore’s had some rough years and some misfires like the Darkest, but this bottle is a claim to greatness. – BO