Bowmore 1984 Cadenhead's
Added on Friday, Oct 17, 2008 at 01:12 AM
  Bottler: Cadenhead's
  Age: 16 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1984 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 59.40 % Region: Islay
  Price: $110 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled July 2001       Sherry Hogshead       210 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Cough syrup, camp fire with peat and sherry?  Ah, after a moment defiantly getting a little Bowmore 17 lurking in there.
P: That's some seriously medicinal stuff, hardcore. It's like when Jokerman in Full Metal jacket...well, nevermind...
F: It leaves me feeling free of germs.
As heavy as this is, I still quite like it.  It's just crazy sherried Bowmore on steroids.

On retaste (not knowing I had tasted it before), I gave this a B.  There was something a little off in the finish. 
Nose of smoke, honey, solvent, tea, and medicinal notes.  Palate is peaty, smokey, with minty and leafy aspects.  Salty and medicinal, with ocean notes.  This is interesting, sort of a grassy type of smoke, and mildly sweet.  Some spice.  Medium-to-full bodied.  Lengthy finish where the spice kicks in more, along with -- what is that -- menthol?  Maybe a tinge of soap, too.  While I don't know exactly how much of this I'd want to drink, it's very interesting whiskey and worth trying -- especially if you're into the funky stuff.  Weird, but a good weird. 
Nose was fresh air on laundry.  The taste and finish were consistantly lavender-pine soap.  The soapiness was not so pronounced as other soapy scotches which saves this malt.  The strength of the spice cranks up after a few seconds... as if someone holds the last note of a power ballad and turns the volume up to 11 briefly.  The lavender pine isn't offensive, but is different enough that you have to consider whether you like where it's taking you. 

Typical sherry nose, buttered apple taste initially which then disperses and doesn't leave much. Has a warm, mid-length, sweet finish.

The nose on this is very light with some sherry and smoke coming in later.  The palate is heavy on the fragrant, floral perfume notes.  It starts out quite sweet but turns bitter toward the end.  Smoke dominates the finish.  This one just doesn't come together well and there's that undesirable Bowmore perfume on the palate. 
Too intense?  Maybe.  Unfortuantly this was sherry and peat that didn't marry - they stayed together for so many years and fought.  You end up with an angry couple living in the same house (bottle). 
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