A Quick Dram: Bowmore 15 Laimrig

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This bottle was kindly given to us at the blog birthday way back in February, by the fantastic Rachel Barrie (Bowmore Master Blender). That evening, we had a bit of Bowmore ice cream at Michael Neave’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar. Will this dram be as good as whisky ice cream? Is anything as good as whisky ice cream? Let’s find out…

 

Bowmore 15 Laimrig
Finished in Ex Sherry Casks
18,000 bottles worldwide
Cask-strength official bottling
53.7% ABV

Nose: Chocolate, hazelnuts, beach smoke, peat and earthy notes. It’s a lovely nose, but it’s a bit prickly. I think a wee bit of water is needed.

With water: Raisins, plums and pears come through.

Palate: Oakiness, slightly over done chocolate muffins. After the oak and sweet notes, there is a seaweed quality, like seaweed crisps (these are real, I tried them the other day).

With water: More chocolatey, more spicy, more meaty and more raisins. It’s awesome with water.

Finish: A bit of earthiness, a slightly strange menthol note. Probably brings it down from awesome to pretty good.

Overall: A very tasty Bowmore. It’s an interesting distillery, from bourbon casked Tempest, through to 1980′s perfume bottlings, some sherry casks, and a lot of different styles of whisky in between. This is the kind of Bowmore I can get on board with. Rich, chocolatey, sherried and smoky.

I struggled to find a bottle for sale, so if you spot one, grab it. Sadly not better than whisky ice cream though. Nothing is. Now just gotta find me some ice cream.

Chris Hoban

PS. Thanks Rachel!

 

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