Bowmore 15 Darkest

bowmore 15 darkest

Having sherry and peat together in a dram is like having chocolate with peanut butter, or having a beer while you grill. They just go well together. Bowmore OBs tend to get some hate around here, but I still wanted to try this out and see for myself. 12 Years in the bourbon casks and then off to the final 3 in Oroloso.

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

43% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 12 years in ex-bourbon, finished 3 years in Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes



Color: Chestnut, and you can tell they liberally helped this one along

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Smokey, raisin, toffee, vanilla, apple, and very gentle peat.

Taste: Watery, but a bit too sweet. Oranges, very slight smoke, walnuts, and almonds.

Finish: Medium in length and intensity, with fruitiness and sherry, as well as some vanilla oak.

Thoughts: A good nose and finish, that are let down by a mediocre palate. I had a chance to dry the Devil’s Cask Batch 2 recently which address my issues with the 15 Darkest, but the jump in price is insane.

Score: 81 out of 100

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