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SMWS 3.171 – 20 year old Bowmore

January 29, 2012 Dinner No Comments

I finally got around to trying the whiskies that came with my SMWS membership pack. The first mini bottle I opened came from cask number 3.171, which is also referred to as Peasant honey and lime flowers. It’s been aged for 20 years and was bottled at 55.8% ABV.

Originating from Bowmore, the oldest distillery (est. 1779) on Islay, this independent bottling was quite a treat!

The Society’s tasting notes:

The nose is varied and generous; treacle toffee, incense, beeswax, heather twigs and cakes (syrup sponge, ginger cake, Battenburg). The palate is big, sweet and smoky; toffee apples, roasted peppers, leather, honey and chocolate limes.

 If I could add, chewing this whisky neat reminded me of  lychee, while the finish gave a hint of rubber, durian fruit, and xylitol gum. This dram definitely had a unique flavor profile, and since it is sold out, is one that I will miss greatly.

Cheers!

Links:
Bowmore
SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

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