Bowmore SMWS 3.270 “Surf n turf in a camel’s saddle bag”

Thanks to /u/twiddleDD for this sample This is a continuation of my ongoing series that I’m calling “Scotch Malts, Wife’s Selection”, in which my wife goes through my backlog of SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society) samples that I haven’t reviewed yet, pours them blind, and then I review it blind. Islay? Sure. Bowmore? Well… I don’t know. Awhile ago Bowmore brought out Tempest, Laimrig, and Devil’s cask.… Continue reading Bowmore SMWS 3.270 “Surf n turf in a camel’s saddle bag”

Bowmore – Devil’s Casks 3

Bowmore – The Devil’s Casks Limited Release 3, 56.7% ABV, Acquired in Trade Marriage of first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Nose: Signature Bowmore peat, dank/musty/woody, rich sherry, raisins, black cherries, candied strawberries. Taste: Subtle peat, oak spice, chocolate orange, Licorice Allsorts, red plums, cinnamon and molasses. Finish:  Long and drying. Peat, chocolate, and oak spice linger. Thoughts: Its bold for sure, but … Continue reading Bowmore – Devil’s Casks 3

Three Douglas Laing Double Barrel Offerings

Thanks to /u/cake_my_day for two of these samples. There are blends, blended malts, and vattings. Today we’re going to look at blended malts. Douglas Laing has an entire division devoted to the idea of taking two different whiskies from different distilleries, blending them together, and making something new. But not just two different whiskies. Two different single casks. All done for, and I’m quoting here, “a bit… Continue reading Three Douglas Laing Double Barrel Offerings

Islay comparison

Five of the big players from Islay. You will notice Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, and Kilchoman (among a few others) are absent from this lineup. I wanted to review the entry-level (age statement) offerings from the main distilleries to see how each compare. They are affordable, available, and most of all, these are the ones I currently have. Bowmore 12, 40% ABV, $60 CAD Nose: Very light … Continue reading Islay comparison

Bowmore 14 A.D. Rattray Cask Collection

Thanks to /u/devoz for the sample. And a special call out to /u/criollo_and_barley. I hear this is your version of Viagra. I have oddly enough been on a A.D. Rattray kick, totally not of my own doing. I swapped for three, not even considering reviewing them together. Then my wife said I need to drink so she finds me pretty, and well, I’m pregnant, we’re here,… Continue reading Bowmore 14 A.D. Rattray Cask Collection