Bowmore 10 year old Dark & Intense

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Bowmore 10 year old Dark & Intense

Bowmore 10 year old Dark & Intense
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Quick review of Bowmore 10 year old Dark & Intense, which was originally released for travel retail market. A mixture of classic Islay coastal notes and sweet sherry cask influence.

This 10YO Bowmore single malt has been matured in a combination of Spanish oak Sherry casks and hogsheads. Bottled in 1 liter size because of the travel retail market.

What’s amazing is the fact that it is age stated. Usually travel retail versions are below 10 years old.

Tax Free goodness

This Bowmore was surprisingly okay, considering it to be a low alcohol per volume product trying to target general public at airports and other tax free shops.

But then again, it’s just okay. Just what to expect from travel retail or other special editions with low ABV level (which are usually non-age statement whiskies).

Easy to approach, mixture of Bowmore character and sweet sherried notes.

Matured in:
Marriage of Ex-Sherry casks and hogsheads
ABV: 40%
Colour: Dark reddish amber
Nose: Burnt sugar mixed with hints of salty sea air. Nice combo of crispy berries and smooth fruity notes, along with light peat smoke. Berry notes come up with drops of water.
Taste: Orange peel, sherry and oak. Raisins and plums. Thick red fruits and some crispy citrus notes. Drops of water makes things very smooth, bringing sweet sherry notes upfront.
Finish: Sherried and malty, little bit peaty. Quite short and dry, hints of salty and medicinal notes. Addition of water makes the aftertaste more crispy and bit more smooth yet dry.
Balance: Has potential but doesn’t quite deliver. Easy to drink and above average for sure. Nice sherried and peated malt from Bowmore.

Scoring

82
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
21
21
19
21
Distillery: Bowmore Region: Islay

Bowmore 10 year old Dark & Intense review

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Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

1 Comment

  1. Even I drink peated whisky 80% of the time, I have to admitt this one is really good. It just do the job perfectly and there is no way you do not like it. A very complex and mature whisky, with incredible sweetness as well. It will suit everyone on Xmas, no doubt.

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