Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Black Bowmore

The third and last release. Only 827 Bottles, from this Olorosso Sherry Cask. Dark mahogany color with slow, thick legs. The nose offers classic Bowmore ozone and peat smoke with sherried sweetness behind it, quite complex. Thick, almost viscuous on the tongue, with carmamelized custard, peat smoke and a splash of sea salt to the flavors. It just slides down your throat, coating it with malt and sherry flavors.

John Hansell from Malt Advocate says...

In short, this is one of the most fascinating whiskies I have ever tasted! It’s better than the original Black Bowmore trio. ...What I think impresses me most is how the whisky evolves. On the nose and palate, this is a thick, viscous, whisky, with notes of sticky toffee, earthy oak, fig cake, roasted nuts, fallen fruit, pancake batter, black cherry, ripe peach, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, polished leather, tobacco, a hint of wild game and lingering, leafy damp kiln smoke. Flavors continue on the palate long after swallowing. This is what we all hope for (and dream of) in an older whisky! I have now tasted this whisky twice: last night before dinner with Iain McCallum, Bowmore’s whisky “nose”, and this morning, in my hotel room before posting this. My opinion is the same. My rating for this whisky, which will be published in the next issue of Malt Advocate magazine, is: 97. (That’s the highest rating I have ever given a whisky.)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Our Night at WhiskeyFest

We had an amazing time at the WhiskyFest event! Our table was very popular and we got to meet so many interesting people, and saw some familiar faces as well. The whiskeys that we had the honor of sampling were out of this world and unforgettable. So many stellar whiskeys with so little time, how can one choose a favorite it just would not be fair. Glenlivet's table poured several different vintages all fantastic and one super special 1959 Vintage bottling, the cost $4,000 a bottle and is not available for sale. Springbank's table was one I frequented because I'm such a big fan of the Longrow 14 and the Hazelburn. The guys from Pappy Van Winkle poured their whole line including the 23 Year Old Bourbon, what an outstanding whiskey! We're already looking forward to next year's event!