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Aged in first-fill bourbon barrels, the fifth release from Bowmore Tempest showcases one of best qualities of this emblematic single malt: its generosity. The rich and intense peat – the backbone to this whisky – pervades throughout and enhances the many other elements in the aromatic and gustatory palate. Only the very best single malts can be so altruistic whilst also demonstrating so much presence.
Profile: voluptuous, powerful. Peat is at the centre of the aromatic palate, fine, mineral and liquoricey. Chocolate and vanilla notes. Spices are also present here (curry, star anise and chilli) and dark fruit.
Bowmore, founded in 1779 in the town of the same name on the Loch Indaal coast, is the oldest distillery on the Isle of Islay. The No.1 Vaults has played a major role in building its renown, not simply because of the quality of the casks it holds, but also because of its exceptional location. It is actually located below sea level, with the seawall acting as the one of the walls of the vault. The distillery is also famous for its medium-peated bottlings and the special cask finishes that have won it huge acclaim. Still operating according to traditional methods, its barley is partially malted on site. Find out more
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