allright, i just opened it. having my first glass as i type, so this is just the first impression, i will retaste it next week, possibly after a light dram first (my perfect way to score a whisky is as second, the first one is to warm up)
well the nose is very good, by far the best nose on any bowmore, sherry is very obvious and strong, yet not sweet. wich promises a bitter-ish taste as is so common in bowmore (and caramel...) nice balance between oak and malt under the sherry. dont remember any bowmore with such a profound oak nose, i like that. if sniffed deeply the leafy notes emerge and again promise the bitter taste.nevertheless very good nose. (22)
although indeed the best bowmore so far, the nose promises much more then the taste gives. the sherry is alot thinner then you'd expect, and is indeed not as sweet as promised. but its still the dominant taste, the peat is only light to medium, mellow and soft taste over all, leafy notes are weak,the typical bowmore/mint/seaweed is there as usual but in the background and in good balance with the sherry for wich im very gratefull. (21)
The finish is long with now the typical bowmore finish and obvious hints of caramel. all by all the sherry is fighting the bitter leafy/minty/perfumy notes in opposite sides. it has decent balance but too bad the bitter stuff just had to come back. (20)
Overall is think the balance is good, better then everything i had from bowmore and it has good complexity without having to go to extremes (like voyage), too bad the sherry is litlle thin and not as sweet as i expected, i wonder what this would give on cask strength! (22)
overall rating for today : 85, wich is best bowmore so far. depending on how the sherry opens in the bottle might win or lose 1 or 2 points.
all by all thanks harry for the advice, i like it.