#498 • SMWS 3.270 Bowmore 18 years old

55.8% alc./vol.
Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland

'Surf' n 'turf in a camel's saddlebag'

A superb Bowmore of 18 years, distilled 25 september 1997 since ex-sherry casks for a final stock of 594 bottles, thank you SMWS...

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La Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, or SMWS, is the largest whiskey club in the world, with more 26 000 members spread across 16 countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whiskey casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

As the German general said so well Gustav Adolf Joachim Rüdiger Graf von der Goltz (1865-1946) said so well:

He who must be hanged at Easter finds Lent very short.

Nose:
Light peat, roasted caramel, sea salt, sweet barley. BBQ and dusty sherry spare ribs. Dry and camphorated vapors.

Taste:
Caramel, pipe tobacco, astringent sherry, peat and lozenges for the throat. Leather and smoke.

Finish:
Warm and long on notes of leather, wood and smoke.

Balance:
A big, big, big peated sherry cask.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#443 • SMWS 3.219 Bowmore 13 years old

54.3% alc./vol.
Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland

"Never Far From the Sea".

A cornerstone of Islay, a Bowmore 13 years bottled cask strength for SMWSwe are already salivating.

Distilled 28 March 2000 and aged in first filling bourbon barrels, the final harvest reaches 234 bottles.

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society , or SMWS , is the largest whisky club in the world, with more XNUMX XNUMX members spread across XNUMX countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whisky casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

As the Swiss competition shooter said so well Louis-Marcel Richardet (1864-1923) said so well:

A calm sea has never made a good sailor.

Golden yellow of a midday sun on the eponymous village. Nose: Mouth: Final: Balance:

Nose:
Sweet cereal and washed stone take the forefront on a shy salt peat. Looks young and sweet compared to official traffic jams.

Taste:
Vanilla, lemon and peat. The real character of the distillery comes out at this point. Mineral slightly unpleasant.

Finish:
Always the stone washed on a rather ambiguous amalgam of sweet and salty.

Balance:
A classic Bowmore with a damn alcohol level. A little more self-confidence would have farted this malt above the bar 90.

Note: ★★★★★