2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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As many of you might have realized, we're obsessed with young Bowmore. It's not only because we've had some of our most poignant and even spiritual moments in Scotland at this special distillery, but in fact because they keep cranking out the most incredible product. Bowmore is different from many of the other distilleries on Islay for a number of reasons. Firstly, they do not purchase barley from Port Ellen Maltings--where all on the island save Bruichladdich acquire their main input. In fact, Bowmore is hand malting as much as 25% of their own barley using time honored techniques that most distilleries have given up due to the incredible efficiencies gained through industrial malting. Anyway, the point is that all these things come together to create one of the highest quality and most exciting malts in Scotland. The new 12 year from Hepburn is Bowmore for all. From a second fill hogshead, we really see the underlying beauty of the spirit here. The nose shows only subtle ashy smoky, revolving around gorgeous and exotic ripe fruit. Mango skin, apricot pit, creamy fondant and the swelling ocean behind it all. That perceived sweetness on the nose, becomes a reality on the palate. Sweet candied citrus envelope the palate and only hint and the peaty finish. This is ABSOLUTELY the perfect whisky to give someone who says they don't like peat. It's got all the great things about smoky whisky with none of the hard ones. No question this will get sucked down quick.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2015 | Send Email
I'm totally in love with Bowmore, as I regularly mention, and some might argue that we focus too much on this special distillery. The truth is when we find casks from Bowmore, which is rare, they're generally so good, that it's nearly impossible to say no. Recently, prices have been increasing and I'm fearing the young affordable Bowmore of years past might be increasingly difficult to find in the current market. Therefore, we will continue to buy every great Bowmore we can find. This is the second 12 year old Bowmore in stock and a wonderful educational contrast to the style of the Signatory. Coming out of a traditional refill hogshead, we get a very old school style peater. Dark smoke, with hints of motor oil and old wooden rafters. In the back a subtle dark cocoa peaks through. The palate is full force on that slightly earthy veggie peat. All this is wrapped around some salted pickled fruit and the mid-palate really turns up that wonderful balancing sweetness. In the back the salt and brine kick up a bit. The stuff of legend I tell you.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
I cannot get enough Bowmore 12 year. This is like the fifth cask of 12 year old Bowmore we've bought in the last few years and it might be the best one yet. It's the most complete with equal levels of peat, vanilla, and supple weight on the palate.

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Alcohol Content (%): 58.4