What better way to celebrate Labor Day than with two new episode of Peaty Friday, am I right?
So, for today, I planned something rather special for you: two expressions from Bowmore, both bottled by the independent bottler Wemyss Malts, but very different one to another: Bowmore 1998 ‘Cacao Geyser’ and Bowmore 1995 ‘The Rockpool’.
I might be a bit late to the party with these reviews, as both bottlings are already sold out everywhere, but better late than never I guess.
|Name:||Bowmore 1998 ‘Cacao Geyser’|
|Age:||16 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Sherry Butt|
|Number of bottles:||737|
At first big, very aromatic tobacco leaves. Light smoke. And undoubtedly, freshly picked dark cacao beans, dusted with earth. As time passes by, the aroma gets lighter and a bit more fruitier with a whiff of dark berries. The tobacco from the beginning turns into cold cigar ash. Very slight traces of Sherry in the background.
Starts with light smoke and moves on with a big fruitiness that wasn’t to be expected from the nose. Blackberries, blackcurrants, elderberries. And of course a noticeable amount of very dark chocolate but the dark berries are really dominating here. Some light cigar smoke. Also a bit peppery now. Then the fruitiness returns, this time as crème de cassis.
Long. Dry smoke and Sherry. Then the black berries make a last foray.
Not the huge chocolate fountain as the name suggests, but therefore a tremendous fruitiness with piles of blackberries and delicate light smoke which makes it… I don’t know… ‘Smoked Cassis Geyser’ maybe? Anyways, this Bowmore is just absolutely lovely and pleasantly different.
Score: 89 / 100