Just having my third try on the Bowmore 'Darkest', and I must say it really came to life this time.
I had some chocolate right before, so picked this one to see how this combination would work out.
The first few times I tried it there was a hard to find aroma somewhere, that I couldn't describe but sulphury was the closest I could get to it. This time I figured it out: Raisins! Could not find any reference in other tastings to this, but I really can smell raisins here. Might be the combination with chocolate, because I also found the palate to be much more enjoyable. Instead of the saltiness, the chocolate really came out, which is a great combination. Saltiness only came at the end, but the first dram reminded me of those chocolate bars with fruit and nuts in them.
The only comment I have is that it really lacks a real punch in the mouthfeel or in the finish. It is not that strong ABV, but I do like my dram to kick in on sipping or on swallowing. But the richness of flavors, well balanced, and the finish bringing them all back once more really make up for it.
Bowmore fooled me again, disappointing on the first try, absolutely fantastic after taking some time to get used to it. Just like the 1989 vintage, 16yo.
I poured this dram from a 20cl bottle of the 'Cask Collection', but I definitely got to get myself a bottle of this stuff. Great Bowmore, great combination of Islay saltiness and a little bit smoke
with really rich and powerfull sherry.