Bowmore distillery is located on the island of Islay, and it was founded in 1779, which makes it one of the oldest in Scotland. It utilizes mostly Islay barley, with a small percentage imported from the main land to accommodate the volume of production. Islay whiskys are well known for their peaty, smoky character, but Bowmore malts are usually medium peated and very well balanced.
Bowmore 15 Year Darkest single malt whisky is a replacement for the old Darkest, that many may remember, that did not carry an age statement on the label. It is matured in American bourbon casks for 12 years, and in hand selected Oloroso casks for the final 3 years.
Wine Enthusiast – 94 points.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge – 91 points.
NOSE: Creamy, sherry notes, spice, raisins, sweet dates.
PALATE: Rich, creamy toffee, malt, smoke, wood.
FINISH: Spicy, toffee, sherry, barley.