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Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner


Bowmore 15 Year Mariner Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol
Price – $100 for 1 Liter
Color – Mid amber
Nose – Peat and apples
Palate – Balancing tastes that typically seem to be in opposition with each other is no easy task. But contradiction plays in the favor of this polite Islay sipper. Light and sweet, but still has the full backbone of rich ashy peat smoke. Some dry oak and must at the finish. Apple peels brighten up the mid-palate and counteract the briny sea-side quality. As this one opens, it brings in more raw honey sweetness and a touch more woody oak.

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner Tastes Like:

  1. Ardbeg 10 Year Old (89%)
  2. Old Ballantruan – The Peated Malt (89%)
  3. Yoichi 12 Year Old (88%)

 


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Bowmore 23 Year – AD Rattray


Bowmore 23 Year - AD Rattray Taste ProfileStats – 53.1% alcohol, Sherry hogshead cask finished, distilled 1989, Islay
Price – $150
Color – Pale blonde
Nose – Warm and spicy
Palate – From private bottler A.D. Rattray, this whisky is not your typical release from Islay powerhouse Bowmore. Lighter on the peat smoke and sea-air iodine qualities that you may come to expect, this has a good botanical and ginger spice to it. Mint, pine, and fresh cracked black pepper linger at the midpalate, but it’s also a touch fruity. Not as much rich as it is astringent like grapefruit and lemon pith. This also dries it out some, but pleasantly which carries into sweet, long finish. This is worth seeking out to taste a new dimension to a standby distillery. If you’re fast, you might be able to pick up a bottle at Caskers.

Alternatives:

  1. Penderyn – Aur Cymru (87%)
  2. Russel’s Reserve – Single Barrel (83%)
  3. Dry Fly – Bourbon 101 (81%)

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Bowmore 18 Year


Bowmore 18 Year Taste Profile
Stats – 43% alcohol, owned by Suntory, Islay
Price – $110
Color – Dark amber
Nose – Very faint nose, maybe a little honey
Palate – Smooth and very subtle.  Some fruit on the back of the palate, like peaches.  A little spice.  This may get overpowered easily, but has some nuance to it.  It takes a bit to build, but has some cereal sweetness up front.  Let it breathe and this one sweetens up in the glass.  Spice and some astringency at the finish.

Alternatives:

  1. Monkey Shoulder (84%)
  2. Lagavulin 16 Year (82%)
  3. Scapa 16 Year (76%)

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