v1p wrote:I heard Bowmore has some very unique, exotic flavours in it - passion fruit, etc. What do you think about?
I've been quite impressed with the latest 15YO Darkest, which I find to be considerably improved over later issues of the older (no age statement) Darkest... A nice, seamless transition from the Sherry cask influence to the salt and peat notes, with good integration of the Jerez and Islay characteristics. In comparison, the older Darkest could sometimes appear a little schizophrenic
on the palate.
Many might find the new 18YO slightly problematic when compared to the 17YO it has replaced in the lineup. Here, the Sherry thrust has increased, and now offers a surface sheen that overlies, both on nose and palate, the intrinsic traits of the distillate. I sense a top-layer mixture of dried papaya, honey and herbs. Despite this, the dynamics are pretty lively. I'm still wrestling with the 18YO, trying to come to terms with its undeniable complexities.
The 1990 cask strength Sherry Matured and 1991 cask strength Port Matured are very rich and individualistic whiskies that will not be to everyone's taste. I happen to like them both, giving a slight advantage to the Port version. If you don't mind a hefty dose of initial sweetness on the palate, either of these might just be worth investigating.