Bowmore 1998 ‘Cacao Geyser’ (Wemyss Malts)

Peaty Friday Episode 7

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.


Bowmore Cacao Geyser

Bowmore 1998 ‘Cacao Geyser’ (Wemyss Malts)









Name: Bowmore 1998 ‘Cacao Geyser’
Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Vintage: 1998
Bottled: 2014
Age: 16 Years Old
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Bowmore
Cask Type: Sherry Butt
Number of bottles: 737
Strength: 46.0% Vol.
Colored: No
Chill Filtered: No


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


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