Hello Dram-Teamers, and welcome to the second entry in our tasting notes blog.
Our next entry is the fourth dram in our inaugural "Scotchy scotch scotch" Scottish Whisky Regions box, the stormy "Darkest", a 15 year old Islay from Bowmore.
Here's our take on this smoky beauty:
"Scent of an old library; leather bound books and rich mahogany. Burnt raisins on the palate. Fantastic introductory Islay with the smoke subtly complementing the robust dried fruit flavours."
The "Quotable Quaffer" for the Bowmore was a hard fought battle, with honourable mention going to Colin Hampden-White (Whisky Quarterly editor, photographer-extraordinaire and Keeper of the Quaich) for this evocative but ever-so-slightly-out-there gem:
Dram4 Like a pair of work mans leather boots left 4 yrs on dunnage warehouse floor. Without socks! With salted kipper sandwich #thedramteam— Colin Hampden-White (@champdenwhite) 7 June 2016
Bowmore Darkest: I've been restrained in a tobacco straight jacket & force fed caramelised chocolate kippers #TheDramTeam— Dave Alcock (@whiskyrepublic) 7 June 2016
Congratulations Dave - you are this dram's Quotable Quaffer!
These quotes considered, you'd be forgiven for thinking this tasted very odd, but don't be fooled - this is a delicious dram. Smoky with a tonne of sherry and gorgeous fruity-chocolatey flavours. Beautiful on it's own, and fantastic paired with dark chocolate (as you'll see below, a fact not lost on some of our Tweet Tasters!).
if you're not convinced, then check out our launch Tweet Tasting highlights below, and try not to drool...yum. Besides, how can Ron Burgundy be wrong?
Until the next time!
Warmest whisky wishes,
Chris, Greg and James
Tasting Note Highlights: Bowmore "Darkest" 15 Year Old
#TheDramTeam worst timing ever to take a new bed delivery. I'm now too hot & missed GlenScotia! Good thing Bowmore 15 is an old love— Edinburgh Whisky (@EdinburghWhisky) 7 June 2016
Bowmore N: Smoke of course, but damp smoke. Apple pie and cream as it opens up #TheDramTeam— James Palmer (@jdpjamesp) 7 June 2016
#TheDramTeam Bowmore 15 on the nose is tamed peat, you're talking middle of the road peat, not in your face. Sweet, winter fruits. Nom.— Steve Prentice | SWB (@steveprentice) 7 June 2016
A cellar that's not been opened in years. Secrets and old wine bottles. #thedramteam— Amy Seton (@TheWhiskyMiss) 7 June 2016
Bowmore palate’s full of juicy bursting berries for me, then milky chocolate, and finally floral peat <3 #TheDramTeam— Sean H (@dramming_uk) 7 June 2016
#TheDramTeam Bowmore Dark Him: Taste - cigarette smoke, red licorice, blackberries, Rainbow Sherbet, anise, lemon cake with icing.— AdventuresWhiskyland (@AdvInWhiskyland) 7 June 2016