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2013 Bowmore 5 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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We already know the greatness that can be young Islay. It's always a surprise the depth of flavor that can come from a punchy 5 or 6 year Caol Ila, Staoisha or Octomore. But we have never been offered such a youthful example of this famous old distillery. For me, Bowmore is truly one of the greats. Hand malting more than 25% of the production and responsible for some of true legends. The modern distillery bottlings tend to keep things VERY safe. But the Bowmore we come across on the independent market these days is almost always exceptional. I'm convinced it's the act of cutting and filtering that leaves the conventional bottlings feeling somewhat neutered. Each cask is imbued with the spirit of Lochindaal whose waves lap the distillery walls constantly. This young buck is an absolute monster. Coming from a second fill bourbon barrel, the oak isn't completely silent. Tense and salty, this big bold phenolic malt also shows hints of those coveted tropical fruit flavors that make Bowmore so special. Of course, this one needs some water to relax, but don't cut it too much. After a few dollops of fresh spring water, the purity of smoke, zingy saltiness and undeniable fruit is second to none. An absolutely confounding example of why whisky just doesn't have to be old (or expensive) to be delicious.


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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2020 | Send Email
Gargantuan comes to mind at the first nosing. It is a big whisky with a lot going on. Tropical and salty, ripe and smoky are the first things to come at you on the nose and palate. With a little patience you can break these things down into pineapple and melon, stone fruits, salt water taffy, caramel turtles, cured meats, BBQ, salt pork, and so much more. A bit of water added and it's like you've been washed over by a tsunami. Ocean spray laps the sides of the glass, salted fish climb aboard, and you start a fire to stay warm. The sweet fruits don't disappear and you end up with a glass that just seems to fill itself over and over again. True to form - cask strength, unfiltered Bowmore never disappoints, even at the surprisingly young age of 5 years old. For those willing to enjoy whisky for its own sake and not for love of a big number, this bottle will bring joy to your soul and your pocketbook.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2019 | Send Email
Our little experiment with young Islay malts continues. I was a little concerned when we saw young Bowmore because we tend to think of the very heavy peaters as working better at these ages and Bowmore is a bit more restrained on the phenols than some others. My worries were totally unfounded and we've already got some real complexity in the spirit without the newmake-y feeling that a none peater has at five years. Instead expect and classic nose of tropical fruit, salted fish, diesel engine, salt meadows and grass. On the palate the peat really turns up offering powerful smoke, numbing bitter herbs, subtle citrus and tropical fruits and salt. With a big splash of water we're into a much more delicate range with the salty fish turning to salty fruit, more citrus and more peaches. On the palate the big rich oily peat still dominates with lemon preserves and bright mineral qualities sharing the stage. An absolutely incredible value considering how delicious this is. You'll probably end up cutting it significantly at 61% so it's like buying a bottle and a half of blue chip peated malt for $45! What an absolute shock.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2019 | Send Email
I usually like young single malts from Islay because they are so lively and expressive. This cask of Bowmore continues this tradition. I think that this selection tastes best with a little water. The nose has smoke and malt aromas but the smoke is subtle and not overpowering. In the mouth it is sweet and soft with notes of smoke. This Bowmore cask is a complex and a delicious treat.

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