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Bowmore 3.187 (1997, SMWS, 57,2%)

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS for friends) is a real institution in the world of conscious alcoholism: without wasting time in formulating words that someone has undoubtedly already written about its history, we will focus on an aspect that we whisky nerds have fallen in love with: none of the bottles has the distillery declared on the label, nor the aging, nor the type of cask: a slap in the face to the transparency, perhaps? No way!, because this information is all available on the website: on the label there is a numerical code (in this case: 3.187), in which the first number corresponds to the distillery and the second to the specific bottling. What’s more, each bottling is characterized by an aphorism that alludes to the aromatic characteristics of whisky: in this case, we are dealing with the evocative definition of “Russian camphor and caramel”. We have to thank Davide Romano of Valinch & Mallet, who found the decisive illumination right in front of this bottle. Now, what is it? A 14-year-old Bowmore, aged in a single ex-sherry refill barrel, distilled on September 25, 1997.

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N: scandalously juicy, as only certain Bowmores in sherry can be… The nectar is based on red and black fruits notes (blackberry stands out), and on that mixed tropical fruit we love so much (if we had to say one, facing a firing squad, we would say “mango”. And we would probably die…). The smokiness is very light, but on the other hand the peat is heavily earthy, mineral: it gives body to a whisky that already has personality to sell. About the title, we cannot deny the presence of caramel, to which we would add notes of toasted peanuts. It is also rather marine, with clear notes of salt. The water opens up every descriptor and adds an almost floral dimension…

P: in the mouth it literally explodes, overwhelming everything and everyone with flames of devastating intensity. It’s so powerful and compact, compressed, almost contracted if you like: still a lot of mango and caramel, still waves of sea and even powerful peat for the style of Bowmore (tar). With water, it becomes tamer and absolutely pleasant, but it also shows a citrus side, just of sweet and ripe blood orange. Salted caramel (like a very happy combination of Islay and sherry).

F: long and persistent, a thread of smoke comes out. Ash, extinguished fireplace. Bitter chocolate, still a sweetness that from the tropical fruit becomes just caramel. Salt.

A whisky that is simply good, overwhelming, magnificent, fantastic: an excellent debut on our pages for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society: all the credit goes to Davide, whom we can only thank, full of joy. 92/100. But is SMWS active in Italy? Well, this is another story…

Recommended soundtrack: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Rings of Saturn.

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