Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Whisky Review : Bowmore 26 Year Single Cask

In most things, I do not profess to be an expert, yet I am happy to try, to learn, and to experiment.  A short time ago I came across a great little opportunity : whisky blogging!  I get a sample of whisky, I tell you all about it, and send you off to the Master of Malt shop for more information.  And, of course, to buy a bottle if you are so inclined.  And if you are so inclined, please click through from my blog!

The Bowmore 26
Monday morning this little beauty arrived for me.  Now, I couldn't really justify drinking the dram before lunch, or even after, so it was left aside for when I returned home from a night of JuJitsu. A lovely treat!

As I said, I am not an expert. To be honest, all of the tasting notes for whiskies tend to leave me a bit baffled.  But, I know what I like and that's a good enough place to start.

I opened up the lovely little bottle (yes, that's a real wax seal!) and decanted into my whisky glass.  At slightly over 53% abv, I was expecting a hit of alcohol,  but was pleasantly surprised with sweetness.  Most reviews say it's floral, and I am inclined to agree. A  lot of people say violets, but I don't have any on-hand for comparison.

We have sweet and floral, but what about the taste? Again, I was expecting more of an alcoholic hit, and again I didn't get one.  Instead there was a bit of an oily feel...in a good way, though. The flavor was sweet and smoky, and warming. It was totally delicious. Dangerously so, as the alcohol taste was hidden...probably in the 3rd dram! I gladly savored the taste, sipping my way to the bottom of the glass.

This whisky is a serious treat! A great birthday present for a whisky lover, or just for yourself.  ;)

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