Rich, sherried old-style Bowmore character and lots of it. Sherry dominates, with smoke aspects as a quick second. And there's a minty-like, shiso-leaf aspect as well. This is beaten by the 1971 distillery bottling, and while some days it tastes like a pure A, it's often kind of on the cusp so I have to give it a high A-. Wish it were cheaper!
I'll be honest in saying that reviewing this 3 months after tasting it and having 40 malts on the same night causes the details to escape me. However, on a night full of all-stars, this powered itself to the top eschelon.
Ripe fruit, molasses, perfect sherry, audio / video equipment, Paris Hilton, Denny's, 4 am...excellent.
Retaste: This didn't hold up against some of the older fruity Bowmore's, which I just love so much. I got less fruit and more traditional sherry this time, molasses still present. Downgraded to an A-. I guess its logical, I've tried a hell of a lot of great stuff in the 2+ years since I tried this first, and the bar for a straight A is a tad higher these days.
Remarkably one of my more highly rated Signatory bottles. Tis was all sherry until the peat came through. The oak really didn't take over considering how old this is. The power was great and very sharp in contrasting complexity. Hard to fnd fault in words here but it doesn't hold up top some of the deeper bottles that I would give an A to.