Bowmore Laimrig
Added on Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 01:12 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.30 % Region: Islay
  Price: $77 Availability: Overseas Specialty
4500 bottles for Sweden only.  10 years in bourbon casks, then 5 years in Oloroso.
Price 559 SEK
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Nose of smoke, cherries, and rubbery notes, with a tinge of bacon. Palate: see nose. Thick and rather sherried Bowmore, fills the mouth with lots of dried fruits decently balanced against the peat. Finish leaves mainly lingering smoke. It's tasty and not without complexity, yet not unusual or particularly memorable for me. As I drink it, it keeps improving, growing to a medium-sweetness level with the rubberyness mostly fading.  Good stuff that I do enjoy drinking.
Andy
 

Nose: A magnificent cherries and brine.  Reminds me of Lag 21.

 

Palate: Sharp and chewy, smoldering firewood and aggresivley spicy sherry.  Lags the Lagavulin 21 in smoothness and finish, but still a great dram.  Ohhh so close to an A-.

Dave
 

The double maturing really seems to have done something completely different with this one.  I don't recall anything so sherried and salty at the same time.  The sherry overpowers the peat but the salt really shines through.  It was much more fruity after a few drops of water (probably to dilute the salt).

 

The smoke is there but so far in the background that you have to look for it to notice it.  Not always a bad thing.....  I can't speak to the finish as the air was filled with peat and BBQ smoke and telling the difference was difficult.

 

Still, I take this over the 15 yr. Darkest any day.

Sku
 
Nose:  Big Sherry, slight smoke.
Palate:  It starts off a bit acidic, then equal measures of sherry and peat, a bit of rubber (which I associate with being over sherried).
Finish:  Smoky finish.

Water really does wonders for this one.  Neat, I found it a bit off balance with the acid notes.  With a few drops of water, it opens nicely, comes back into balance and gets into solid B+ territory.
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