I believe Admiral is one of the forum members whom has had quite a few Bowmore drinks and never discovered any FWP. I wonder if he did mention in an earlier thread that noone in Australia claimed to have found any FWP whatsoever?
You have a good memory Christian! To give you the details, I've probably had about 25 or 30 different OB bottles of Bowmore in the last 5 years, and I've sampled from about 10 independent bottlings. 12yo, 17yo, Legend, Darkest, Dawn, Claret, Mariner, as well four or five private independent bottlings (each older than 20yo), and then four or five SMWS bottlings. And no, I've never experienced FWP in any of them. In fact, they've all been stellar drams, with the exception of my last bottle of Darkest, which was disappointing. And yes, we here in Australia are very much aware of FWP being complained of in other countries, and all my local whisky colleagues are on the look out for it. So far, none of us have struck a tainted bottle.
Tom and I are currently undertaking an international experiment. He's sent me a sample bottle of some Darkest he purchased in Belgium, which he believes could be FWP-tainted. I have been "researching" this sample bottle with some drams over the last few weeks, and I'm getting some whisky colleagues to come around next week and sample it also. I'll report back to you all shortly!
Admiral will disagree strongly,
But for the record, I think Mr T is on the right track, and this is certainly the hypothesis that Tom and I are investigating. Bowmore is, and always has been, a fragrant malt. That's what makes it so enjoyable - the nose is always so complex. It offers the salt and peat of a great Islay whisky, but there's also some beautiful floral fragrant notes that a great Speysider would be proud of!!
Some people obviously try Bowmore, discover this fragrant quality, and then suddenly shout "FWP" simply because they've heard about it! I don't doubt FWP exists, but I do believe some innocent bottles have been falsely accused!
But in any event, Harry is right....the OB Bowmores are not what they used to be, but I still find them to be very enjoyable whiskies. I had some 17yo last night in fact, and it was bordering on wonderful!
Mr T....if you are able to do so, try getting hold of an SMWS Bowmore with about 20 years or so under its belt. Maybe liaise with Lawrence to assist you in obtaining it. I wholly believe your opinion of Bowmore will change for the better.
P.S. Bjorn.....buy the 12yo!!!