Bowmore 9 years old Sherry Cask Matured / 40% – Bowmore is the oldest operating distillery on the isle of Islay; it has been producing whisky since 1779. It is one of a handful of Scottish distilleries with active floor maltings, with 30% of the malt requirements being produced on site. The brand sells about 1.9 million bottles annually and in recent years shows a little decline. Bowmore 9 years old was released in 2016 and we are wondering if it marks a company departure from NAS releases backed with local tales and legends. The whisky has been matured in Oloroso sherry casks but very likely there are standard white American oak casks in the mix too. The label features ‘Limited Release’ statement but the word is out that it is going to be a permanent addition to the core range.
Nose: fruity and slightly floral with a whiffs of smoke and sea breeze, oranges, raisins, toffee, milk chocolate, dash of pepper and touch of wax.
Palate: dark fruits wrapped in peat smoke, raisins, prunes, salted caramel, black pepper, hints of tobacco and charcoal.
Finish: medium long, smoky and salty with hints of tobacco and dried fruits.