The KOTQ has enjoyed 8 tastings from the Bowmore distillery

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Distillery Region Open Blends
Bowmore Islay 1779 – Today Black Bottle
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active Suntory Laggan River 2,000,000 liters/year
       
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BOWMORE yo The Devils Casks 14Q1 – BOWMORE 10 yo The Devils Casks [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
red!
uncut–super heavy sherry; cut–sweet california olives
full and fat
full head-on sherry; not too much else to discern
warm and pleasant.
maybe unpalatable due to the heavy sherry influence; not all that complex. I shouldn’t be disappointed, but maybe the Devils Cask seems a little gimmicky to me. Is cask strength; cutting is necessary.
14Q1-Bop
March 8th, 2014
Brass
dark, almost red
aggresive. sweet and smoky
spicy.
cut, it stays powerful on the palate but finishes smooth and smoky. sherry notes throughout, but generally overpowered by the spice/pepper notes. decent uncut. good when cut.
14Q1-Bop
March 8th, 2014

BOWMORE yo 00Q3 – BOWMORE 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Honey brown
Slight peat
Aggressive, explosive
Punctual – salty
Like a great offensive line getting off the ball and running the ball.
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Centennial
Silky bronze
Tinny
Thicker
Tangy
Interesting
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Cyclone
Consistent cinnamon
Seaweed & salt & cherry & peat
Thicken beady sweat
Strong coverage of the tongue
Light, happy, seaside lingering
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Irving
Ripe peach
Light peat
Medium viscosity
Medicinal, all-over-the place smoke
Chaotic
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Lakeview
Honey
Sweet syrup, smoky apricot
Explosion
Interesting
I’m not ready to consume on a regular basis.
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Tao
Lighter somewhat grey
Some iodine
Clean – no bitter
Smooth classic Islay
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000

BOWMORE Laimrig 16Q4 – BOWMORE 15 Laimrig [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
KC BBQ sauce
Strawberries marinaded in red wine binegar
16Q4-Stretch
January 21st, 2017

BOWMORE Mariner 04Q4 – BOWMORE 15 Mariner [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Caramel, light iodine, mossy
Marisa Tomei
Sweet honey
Long, comforting finish
Ranks as one of my favorite Bowmore expressions to date.
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Bop
Burnt forest
Viscous
Hot, a little bitter actually
A little sour over a long note.
Indigestion sets in after a while
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Centennial
Maltman, deep chocolate
Full, voluptuous
Malt, savvy, sassy
Tenderly, fine great
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Irving
Burnt rubber
Rich, heavy alcohol
Smoky, soapy, nutty
Lightly sweet, hot
Nose is the deal breaker
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Lakeview
Toffee, light peat
Smoky and peppery but not as peppery as Talisker
Sweet apple
Good, but still not in same league as Bowmore 17
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Tao
Slightly more peat than Bowmore Legend
Strong
Slightly alcohol
Tails gently
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004

BOWMORE Limited edition vintage 1989 08Q2 – BOWMORE 16 Limited edition vintage 1989 [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Smoke house
Syrupy, viscous
Heavy, ashy, lacking in sweetness, kind of soapy
Syrupy and coating; definitely warming
08Q2-Bluff
May 31st, 2008
Bop
Nice when cut
A little sour.
A cask strength with dangerously varied responses to cut percentages. Cut it too much (> 25%) and you will throw away your dram as undrinkable. At 15% or so you lose the cutting edge of the cask strength and have a very enjoyable scotch.
08Q2-Bluff
May 31st, 2008

BOWMORE yo 00Q3 – BOWMORE 17 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Clearly oaky, charred, tempered like Balvenie Cask
Comfortable companion
Strong but sensitive
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Centennial
Amber, soft
Cherry too
Cardboard, paper
Fine
Similar to The Glenlivet 12 – French Oak
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Cyclone
Light oaken
Peatier than Bowmore 12, less sea influence
Layered paint on walls by Brother Bop
Spicier – Mardi Gras
Boom! Bang! Party Time! Gone…
Amazing departure from the sea that Bowmore 12 had.
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Irving
Medium amber
Full
Medium viscosity
Spicy wood
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Lakeview
Brown
Smoke Halle
Smoky/syrupy
Not as explosive or lingering as Bowmore 12
Better than Bowmore 12, New Plateau
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000
Tao
Nearly absent
Very enjoyable – best balance of the evening.
00Q3-Irving
September 9th, 2000

BOWMORE Legend 04Q4 – BOWMORE nas Legend [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Iodine, fishy towards the end
Bold, but thin–Courtney Cox
Hot, slightly sweet, honey
Surprisingly short
Generally unsatisfying, perhaps even disappointing given the name
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Bop
A bit faint, boggish
A little skunky.
Sour
Doesn’t really remind me of any Bowmores I’ve had (12 & 17)
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Centennial
Sweet, bullock
Light and sassy, flowery
Washy wishy
Fades like a .. ?
Enjoyable
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Irving
Iodine
Salty, medium smoke
Soapy
Bitter
Mediocre
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Lakeview
Iodine, sulphur
Peppery, salty
Short and not so sweet
Young and not ready for prime time
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Tao
Light almond
Jenna Jameson; nasty but fun
F. smooth
U. little bite
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004

BOWMORE yo 03Q1 – BOWMORE nas yo [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]