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Morrison Bowmore's new whiskies: Auchentoshan, Glen Garioch and Bowmore

By Miguel in Tasting , Bowmore , Glen Garioch , Auchentoshan

It is almost a month since Halloween, where I got the scariest of the surprises… my parcel with Bowmore Devil’s Cask sample got lost and I never got it… don’t cry yet! This is a happy end story :)

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So almost a month later a replacement appeared on my door and here I am, ready to taste three fantastic whiskies from Morrison Bowmore Distillers: An lowlander, a Highlander and an Islay beauty.

So let’s taste them and let’s discover if all the hype about Devil’s Cask is based on anything…

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Bowmore 12 years old Review #whiskyadvent

By Miguel in Tasting , Bowmore

Day 5 of Maverick Drinks’ Whisky Advent Calendar. An old time favorite: the Bowmore 12 years old. This is one of the first whiskies that I tasted and I am really kind of its peatiness… until I tasted an Ardbeg. Most connoisseurs rule out this dram because… not sure… maybe because it is affordable and decent? I would really give it a try if you like peated whiskies.

“Nice dram ( and consistent ) but it miss that crazy little bit that turns good whisky into fantastic drams. If you want subtle peat punch, then this Bowmore is your dram”

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Bowmore 12 year
Established in 1779, Bowmore Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and nestles on the shores of Loch Indaal on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Islay.

Bowmore is universally regarded as the best balanced of all the Islay malts, as characterised by its wonderfully rich and complex flavors.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. peat, honey, citrus, salt, vanilla, spices, earth.

Palate (89): powerful, oily. honey, peat, citrus, salt, wood, vanilla, earth.

Finish (89): longer than average. honey, peat, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bowmore 12 year with 89 points over 100.

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Bowmore Whiskies and Montezuma's Chocolates: Perfect Match

By Miguel in Tasting , Bowmore

Is there anything more exciting than getting whisky or chocolate on your mail? Yes! You are right, getting whisky AND chocolate on your mail?

Today I review two Bowmore, the new Small Batch aged in bourbon casks and the 15 years old Darkest and I will pair them too with two new Chocolates from British Chocolatier Montezuma’s: Bowmore Small Batch and Darkest.

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So, what are we waiting…

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Piece Of Islay: The new Bowmore Duty-Free Single Malts

By Miguel in Bowmore

Yesterday Bowmore did a twitter tasting introducing their new (to me) Duty Free bottles: Black Rock, White Sands and Gold Reef.

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Ally Dickinson manned the twitter tasting with many fellow bloggers. One really interesting experience of this tasting was that it was paired with chocolate: little cocoa with crushed coffee beans and toffee filled chocolates.

Well, let’s taste them.

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Douglas Laing's Old Particular Single Casks Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bowmore , Glen Garioch , Auchroisk

Barely three months ago, Douglas Laing & Co owners, Stewart and Fred Laing went their separate ways in commercial terms yesterday after running the company they inherited from their father more than 40 years ago.But a few days ago, Douglas Laing announced Old Particular Single Casks, which they claim to be their best ever single malt range, and if you trust me, I think it really is!.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Single Malt Single Cask Whiskies

So this new range launched in September, 2013, the Old Particular is a set of bottles each selected from a single cask and bottled according to Douglas Laing’s philosophy: bottlings from only one casks, without added coloring and without chill filtration. No nonsenses as they used to say.
Malts featured in this first batch of bottles include whiskies from Bowmore, Caperdonich and Port Ellen ( definitively I want to taste this one! ).

It is a interesting fact that the whiskies has three different bottling strenghts. Whiskies up to 18 years old are bottled at 48.4%, over 18 years old at 51.5% and some rarities ( jewels I would say ) are bottled at cask strength ( like the Bowmore I am going to taste right now ).

So let me introduce you the whiskies of today tasting.

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Feis Ile 2013: Mammoths, Pink whisky and Peat

By Miguel in Laphroaig , Caol Ila , Lagavulin , Ardbeg , Bowmore

Argh! Isn’t Spain lovely? Sun, beach, siesta and 35ŗC every day of the summer. I am so desperate I will even drink a Johnnie Walker on the rocks. Man! I need a break. So there I was at my favorite summer spot, on the shadows, under a huge ceiling fan when the whisky fairy ringed the door…

Feis Ile 2013 Ardbog Laphroaig Bowmore Caol Ila

My bottle of Laphroaig Cairdeas arrived home and well, as I happen to have several samples of this year Feis Ile 2013 thanks to the chaps of Master of Malt ( thanks to them and to £50 I spent on the samples ) I decided it was time for a proper healthy peat tasting to combat this awful heat wave.

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In case you don’t know, Feis Ile is Islay’s annual festival of Malt and Music. Islay has a long and ancient history of Gaelic music and the last week in May was a time when both island musicians and indeed Gaelic folk musicians from the mainland would gather on the island to play and sing at Ceilidh’s, the Gaelic word for Gatherings. But not all it music, all of the eight Islay Whisky Distilleries join the celebration in what is probably the most famous whisky event in the World calendar.

So let’s see some of the whiskies I have taste. Let’s stay from the south and move up.

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Would you pay £150 for a Glendronach 15 years old?

By Miguel in Arran , Bowmore , Benriach , Glendronach , Dalmore , Glenturret

What the hell! July already?! Well, I was supposed to write about this WTS 2013-03 session almost two months ago, but as the poet says there is no harm on delaying if the whisky is good.

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As usual, Whisky Tasting Sessions is a set of six whiskies that Jean Marie Putz chooses himself and tasted blindly by us. Just a number on each sample so you can identify it and most of the times they are not sorted in any proper way. But as always, it is a pleasure to test my senses against them.

This session has a great dram that I really love and it has been really fun to discover what it was. Usually between strange independent bottlings of bizarre distilleries there is a jewel or two, like a 38 years old Bunnahabhain that really surprise you. Such is the case…

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Whisky Tasting Session 2012-08

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Caol Ila , Bunnahabhain , Bowmore , Tomatin , Glen Keith , Longmorn

This Whisky Tasting Session was the last event of the 2012.

In case you missed previous tasting sessions, WTS are a blind tasting of six whiskies chosen by Jean Marie of Whisky-distilleries.info. Our task consists on tasting them, rating and find the right price range of the bottle.

I have been a bit stressed so I decided to do the tasting in a short break that I had and send Jean Marie the results as soon as possible. I have learn two things:
a) Don’t taste on a rush.
b) Don’t trust my skills to guess age of a dram.

Jean Marie placed on this tasting some awesome and incredible bottles some of them over 30 years old. So now that I know what I was tasting I will take a bit of time to retaste them and check if the score or the tasting note departs for the previous blind tasting.
It would be a huge dissapointment if they do, as I do my best not to score the distillery, the color, the price or the bottle but the whisky for itself. I will keep you updated.

The tasting was interesting but nothing close to sensational, but after filling the tasting notes I realized that I have tasted some very special whiskies: a 38 years old Bunnahabhain, a 35 years old Bunnahabhain and a more than 30 years old Caol Ila.

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That Boutique-y new bottles: Invergordon, Springbank and Bowmore

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Master of Malt , Bowmore , Springbank , Invergordon

Whisky fairy knocked a few days ago at home with a huge amount of samples from Master of Malt new bottlings, three new That Boutique-y whiskies and almost a dozen of their latest Single Cask releases.

I will taste today the three That Boutique-y whiskies: Invergordon, Springbank and Bowmore. They are a range of bottles crafted in small batches of which I reviewed seven of them just a few months ago ( many of them sold out by now unfortunately for you ).

One of the things I love about these bottling are the awesome labels… well and the fact that the whiskies inside the bottle are great. Let’s taste them…

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Impressive Bowmore Tempest 10 years old: Maritime peat punch

By Miguel in Tasting , Bowmore

“Very nice Bowmore. Slightly dry with an adorable peat punch. Love this stuff”

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Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest Batch 3
The third release of the stunningly good Bowmore Tempest.
A cask-strength 10 year old single malt from this Islay distillery crafted in small batches.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. peat, honey, citrus, salt, floral.

Palate (89): dry, powerful. peat, citrus, salt, pepper.

Finish (89): longer than average. peat, earth.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest Batch 3 with 89 points over 100.