hpulley wrote:Dawn is the claret finish, right? Only sample I've had was so awfully herbal that I could detect it from the hallway. Not to my liking, I'm afraid.
Bowmore Dawn is finished in Port whereas Dusk is the one finished in Bourdeaux Casks. The Bowmore Dawn is in my opinion one of their best offerings.
Here are my tasting notes:
Bowmore Dawn (finished in Port):
Nose: Smoky, sweet, toffee and some fruit. Very interesting.
Palate: Very smooth and silky. Sweet, peat and oak combined with some chocolate notes, more fudge.
Finish: Peaty, long, warm and robust. Mouthfilling and a gorgeous aftertaste. Long lasting.
Comment: I find this one of the Bowmore's best offerings. Wonderful, chewy, sweet, honeyish in a great combination with the peat and smoke. Opens with water and brings out even more flavours.
Bowmore Dusk (finished in Bourdeaux):
Nose: Fruit and smoke in the most bizarre combination. Honey and sugar. Perfumy.
Palate: Strange, more wine than whisky. Chewy, fruity bubblegum-like taste that sticks to the inside of your mouth.
Finish: Toffee, fruit and hints of smoke and peat. A long and somewhat salty finish.
Comment: In my opinion it just doesn't work together. The strangest wood finish I've ever tried (...and worst).
Bowmore Cask Strength:
Nose: Sea, salt, sugar and nuts. Burnt wood (bonfire), rubber.
Palate: Very smooth for it's strength, oily. Hints of orange peel and some fruit (plum, apricot), nectar underneath a layer of burnt wood.
Finish: Dry, burnt rubber, peat and some fruit.
Comment: A nice, decent cask strength offering. I would expect more peat and smoke from this one as its a vatting of mid-teens Bowmore.
Nose: Smoke and peat in a delicious combination. In my opinion one of the better Bowmore's.
Palate: Dry, malty with sweet and smoky notes.
Finish: Salt and licorice with smoke and peat. Add some water and you bring out some more of the smoke. Fruity, gentle and long. A truly fantastic finish. Makes you want more!!
Comment: As stated one of my favourites. A wonderful combination of smoke, peat with some oaky, vanilla notes.
Comment: One of my favourites from this giant.
Bowmore 15y. (Mariner):
Nose: Peat and smoke, a litte weak. Some fruit and vanilla.
Palate: Very smooth and rounded. Lingers in your mouth. First some sweet notes followed by salt and peat and then back to more sugar (demerara).
Finish: Sweet, a little fruity. Wonderfully rounded and long. Do not add water, it weakens the whole experience.
Comment: A great allrounder. Has it all, lacks nothing. Smooth and appetizing.
Nose: Peat, some smoke. Medicinal, slightly phenolic. Beautiful!!
Palate: Rounded but complex. Need some water to fully open up. Creamy with some honey notes under the peat.
Finish: Smoky yet with hints of vanilla and some fruit. Truly amazing. Long and warming.
Comments: One of the better ones. So smooth it lingers in your mouth. I like it for it's creaminess.