2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $76)

SKU #1141457

We love us some Bowmore here at K&L. When Bowmore is on, it's unstoppable, mainly because no other Islay distillery has the same richness of fruit and oily texture in conjunction with all the peaty campfire smoke. This young barrel of Bowmore we found outside of Glasgow represents everything we love about the distillery's special style: light in color, smoked plums on the nose, fresh fruit and vanilla on the palate, swimming with the perfect amount of saline seawater and peat. The first thing David and I said to each other was: "this tastes like a younger version of the 17 year old!" Alas, the wonderful, magical, ethereal 17 year old is no longer in production at the distillery and we'd both finished our last bottles. The chance to perhaps replicate that gentle flavor profile at full proof was just too good to pass up. For the price, this is a no-brainer. There's not one Islay fan out there who wouldn't go ga-ga for this whisky. Supple, fruity, smoky, salty, luscious, nutty, complex, and tasty. Now we just have to hope there's enough to go around for everyone. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/8/2013  | Send Email
When David gets this excited about a Whisky, I usually sit up a little straighter when I finally get a chance to taste it for myself. This barrel lives up to the billing, tons of the dark and brooding smoke you expect from Bowmore, not sooty smoke, rich full smoke that is round and delicious. There is tons of fruit and that great Islay saltiness that makes this a very complex and complete dram. What struck me was the depth and layers of flavor that kept unfolding in such a young Whisky; it is rounded and full, without any harsh edges. For you peat lovers out there, a must try.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/7/2013  | Send Email
The 11 year old Bowmore has sublte smokiness that needs a splash of water to open up. The flavors of malt, seaweed, and a hint of iodine are more subtle than many Islay sing malts, which helps make this bottle unique and easy to enjoy.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/2/2013  | Send Email
Bowmore has long been a favorite of mine. It is unique among the Islay whiskies, in my experience. Although it has the peaty quality for which these are known, it marries it with a sweeter, slightly oilier mouthfeel. For me, this removes some of the edginess and makes for a more pleasurable drink. The combinatoin of smoke, peat and a gentler sweeter malt is morst intriguing here.

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 56.8