All smoke on the nose. The palate evinces strong smoke with a subtle floral background. The strong smoky notes make it much closer in character to a south shore Islay but for the brief floral notes. A bold Bowmore.
N: Confectionery, just confectionery. The sweetest tastiest peat imaginable. P: This is just all sugar, probably the sweetest Bowmore I've ever had, and it balances the peat and smoke perfectly. F: Sugar fades to light fruit. Extremely enjoyable, so great to see such a great cask at this age.
Might have been the winner of the night for classic Islay malts but I think the Sea Dragon beat this out by a smidge. This is classic bacon grease peat with burnt brown sugar and a heavy warmth that says welcome home on a cold afternoon. Great stuff.