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    Bowmore recommendation?

    I'd like to pick up a bottling that is sort of the classic Bowmore expression - should I pick up the 12 yo, 15 yo Darkest, the old 17 yo, or the new 18 yo?

    Locally, I can get the 12 yo for $43, Darkest 15 for $50, 18 yo for $80, and also the independently bottled Bowmore Prime Malt No. 4 1982 (21 yo) for $80. Not sure if any place still has the 17 on the shelves, but Binny's has it still...

    (I posted this as a reply in the what are you drinking thread, but thought it would be more appropriate here.)
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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    I'd get the 12 for the classic Bowmore palate, which has an interesting, fern-like top-note. It may come from the sandy peat in the area. In the Darkest, this is somewhat obscured by sherry notes, and the more aged expressions also sometimes de-emphasise that quality (although they can be very good whiskies). There was a version we used to get here, Mariner's, 15 years old (perhaps that is now the 17, not sure), that was more peated than the others but there too the classic Bowmore taste seemed a little altered. I'd go with the 12.

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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    Gary knows quality,go for the 12yo.
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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    Thanks Gary!
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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    I can tell you what NOT to get? The Bowmore Darkest is the most fake tasting paint thinner type SMSW I have ever had. I cant even get Islay drinkers to drink it.

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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    I've heard that the Darkest 15 is much better than the NAS Darkest...?
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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    Perhaps, I have the NAS Darkest.

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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    I've only had NAS Darkest, and felt it quite average and just not indicative really of the Bowmore signature. This other expression might be different, but to my taste Bowmore shouldn't be a sherried whiskey.. I'd start with the 12 if only to have a baseline to judge some of the others after.

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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    Tried the NAS Darkest, and the term "crap" comes to mind. The 17 was unbelievable.

    I've heard the new 15 is just a relabled NAS darkest. Perhaps the expression has improved, but I'd have to taste it first before I buy a bottle of it. The old 15 "Mariner" I liked a lot more than the 12 - the flavours were more focused, the 12 being like a picture out of focus (nice but fuzzy). Heard the 18 is more sherried than the old 17 which makes it something for the Abelour CS fans, but I would have concerns about its balance as the 17 had quite a lot of sherry in it.

    Hope any of this helps.

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    Re: Bowmore recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    I'd start with the 12 if only to have a baseline to judge some of the others after.
    Great suggestion.
    Bob O.

 

 

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