After a Laphroaig duo, we test ourselves with a Bowmore couple, different in age, style and maturation – but exactly here lies the fun, in finding common characteristics while tasting products of the same distillery, until we’re able to reveal the secret, to touch the unicity, to steal the magic…. well… to get drunk. We start with the official 8 years, the youngest in the core range, created ad hoc for the Italian market, with the criminal reduced 40% vol.
N: a straightforward nose, frankly simple, but there’s nothing out of order, the Bowmore style is clearly highlighted, starting from the peat smoke very gentle and delicate. To stay on Islay, it shows a very clear marine side, counterbalanced with an evolving citrusy side, from lime to orange peel. Orange-Lemon-Carrot juice? Yes, there is some carrot in there… Finally emerges a strong tropical note, let’s say passion fruit. The result, for who knows what we’re talking about, is typically Bowmore. Leather, fish.
P: as we highlighted, the only defect is in the low abv, 40% isn’t exactly exciting. Besides that, the coherence with the nose creates a very balanced atmosphere; the starring is a marine soul (like gulping sea water) and a bit more intensive sweetness, with notes of honey added to the passion fruit (it’s like the sweetness from tropical fruit juice). On top there is a caramel sugary-ness, and a feeling of burnt wood (bonfire) in crescendo.
F: a light burn sensation surrounded by citrus fruits, tropicality (yes, I know it’s not a real word) and salty water.
For the product it is, an introductory whisky to the world of peat, it’s perfect. The palate is a bit weak, for sure, and suffers from the criminal low ABV, as we stated before; but this weakness lays only in the body, not in the intensity of the flavors, which proceeds in bursts. All the Bowmore soul is there, condensed in a very low price: what do you want more? 87/100, we actually do prefer this bottle compared with many peated colleagues of the same league more famous and hyped…
Recommended soundtrack: Is Tropical – Dancing anymore