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Bowmore Surf and Mariner

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed Mar 12, 2003 12:07 am

I'm currently on a bottle of Bowmore 17 yr old which tastes like biting into a big thick roast beef sandwich with a sprinkle of pepper. I also like Bowmore Darkest and Bowmore Legend but not 12 yr old.

Has anyone ever had Bowmore Surf or Bowmore 15 yr old Mariner?

WHat were they like as compared to the other ages and finishes?
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Postby Mattiasss » Tue Mar 18, 2003 6:56 pm

From my experience, the Surf is much more like the 12 than the other, that is a bit rough, I like the older &/ finished versions better, there is something about the "raw" Bowmore I don't really apreciate
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Sherry finished malt whisky

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Mar 20, 2003 3:44 pm

I do not profess to be a connoisseur on malt whisky. I enjoy a glass,and I only really came across this site whilst searching for some crystal whisky glasses.
For my own needs I have four bottles on tap.two blends and two malts.
Teachers, Jamisons,Glemarangie and Bowmore legand.
What confuses me is the double standards I am seeing. in one breath I am told " never mix anything with malt whisky, drink it neat. In the other breath people are drinking malt whisky tasting of sherry.
Would the wine drinker put whisky in his best claret.
Just a thought.
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Postby hpulley » Thu Mar 20, 2003 5:39 pm

There is no sherry in sherry finished malt whisky. It is aged for the last few years in a sherry butt instead of the usual whisky maturation in refill oak or bourbon casks. Some whiskies are finished entirely in sherry butts. There isn't any sherry in a sherry aged or finished whisky, there is just influence by the different type of wood used to mature sherry as compared to refill oak and bourbon casks.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Mar 20, 2003 6:19 pm

Its just that, I am sure I read, that some whisky was aged in "old" sherry barrels.
I took this to mean that they had contained sherry in the past.
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Postby hpulley » Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:41 pm

That is true but there is very little sherry left in the wood and this 'swish' as they call it has little effect if any. Even the bourbon casks are reused. Fresh casks are not common in the world of scotch whisky. Refill bourbon and sherry are most common.

See http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Louvre/5822/casks.html

Harry

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Postby hpulley » Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:53 pm

Some purists agree with you too that all these rum, port and now even things like islay finished speysiders are going too far but other say if it tastes good, drink it!

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