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)
ABV: 53.5% ABV
Age: 16 Years
Distilled | Bottled: 1992 | 2008
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!