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25 Year Old Bowmore in a Cracker of a Cask

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25 Year Old Bowmore in a Cracker of a Cask

Bowmore isn’t my favorite distillery by a long stretch, but any given single cask can be utterly beautiful. I was keen to taste this one because when the team at Douglas Laing, headed by Fred, choose casks to bottle in the XOP range, they really pick winners every time. XOP stands for Xtra Old Particular, and…

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Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition – The Cask Strength Peat Monster….

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Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition – The Cask Strength Peat Monster….

I visited Douglas Laing in Glasgow the other week. I will have a full report of the most enjoyable visit, but for today I wanted to review the Christmas edition of Big Peat, out every year for the holidays at Cask Strength. This year there were two important developments, both of which were mentioned on this blog,…

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Day Two Recap!

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Day Two Recap!

If you didn’t see the day one recap, you’ll find it here… On day two, the line went considerably faster, First Torben and I got on line earlier with our coffees taken with us, and secondly, this year all holders of two day passes got a special color coded waterproof bracelet on their wrists, making entry…

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Fèis Ìle Bowmore Open day – Tasting the Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2014

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Fèis Ìle Bowmore Open day – Tasting the Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2014

Bowmore open day is today, and we honor the self proclaimed oldest distillery on the island with a dram of the 2014 Fèis Ìle bottling. This was a particularly good selection of casks, which shine even through the relative youth of the whisky. The Bowmore Small Batch seems to be of a similar age, but doesn’t…

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A Two Faced Bowmore Single Cask – The Wemyss 1998 Cacao-Geyser

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A Two Faced Bowmore Single Cask – The Wemyss 1998 Cacao-Geyser

Bowmore definitely has its ardent fans. I’m not one of them though. I must admit that I struggle with this distillery, as something in the profile doesn’t rub me the right way. It’s not to say that I don’t recognize the quality of the whisky they produce, of course I do. Especially since Rachel Barrie…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 2 – Signatory’s Rare Bowmore

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 2 – Signatory’s Rare Bowmore

To the utter delight of the blogger sitting across from me at this tasting, I’m not a Bowmore fan…. But let me back up to the start of this story. The Jewish holidays come out consistently on the same weekend as The Whisky Show in London (yup, ’tis the season…), thus, I’m the only one…

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Bowmore 12 – A Decent Entry Point

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Bowmore 12 – A Decent Entry Point

Bowmore has its fans, but I can’t say I really drank the cool-aid…. Something in the Bowmore peat and tropical fruit combination doesn’t press the right buttons for me, and thus, most of what I tasted out of Bowmore didn’t impress me, although I must admit that there have been some gems (such as the…

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The Devil is Back….In the Casks: Bowmore Devil’s Casks II

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The Devil is Back….In the Casks: Bowmore Devil’s Casks II

After yesterday’s short break to taste the first Israeli single malt whisky, it’s back to drams I tasted at TWE’s London Whisky Show: I guess nobody at Bowmore read the endearing “I Capture the Castle” by Dodi Smith where she states that “The Devil’s out of fashion“, because at Bowmore, the devil is very much…

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