Review #795 – Bowmore 1992 16yr Wine Cask

Review #795 | /r/Scotch Review #269 – Bowmore 1992 Wine Cask

The Schtick: This was a blind sample that was sent to me. I reviewed it live on the Whiskey Network Discord server, then got the reveal in order to fill in relevant details here.

This is a Bowmore that was released in 2008 after maturing for 16 years in bourbon, Limousin and Bordeaux casks. It is bottled at cask strength.

 


Distiller: Bowmore (Islay)

Bottler: Bowmore

ABV: 53.5% ABV

Age: 16 Years

Distilled | Bottled: 1992 | 2008

Source: Sample


Nose: Sweet honey, leather, tobacco, earthy. Faint peat. Apple pie, earthy spice. Cocoa.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, mild heat. Sweet cream, toffee, vanilla. Stewed fruits, sticky caramel and pastries. Peat and smoke – earthy, mineral smoke. Faint ashiness. Not super vegetal and no iodine.

Finish: Long, ashy, earthy. Minerality is high and there is some woody smoke there also. Sweet fudge, oak, cocoa.

Overall + Guess: Really nice, complex and a good blend of peat and sweet. Guessing 8-12 years, 46%-51% ABV, sherried or wine finished, full mat. Guessing Benriach or Caol Ila, or a distillery I’ve not yet tried any spirit from.

Reveal: Bowmore 1992 Wine Cask (Bordeaux) – damn! This was wild and although I missed almost every stat (other than “wasn’t bourbon!!) it was super cool to try and a blast to review blind. I really enjoyed the combo of peat and the wine, and it drank well below its proof.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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