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Review: White Bowmore

July 29th, 2008

So, here’s the scoop. I tasted it last night. The Morrison Bowmore Distillers representatives who brought the whisky (see my previous blog for names & titles) said it was the first public tasting of White Bowmore anywhere.  My review follows.

White Bowmore, 1964 vintage, 43 year old, 42.8%, $6,000
I like this Bowmore better than all the previous bourbon oak-aged, ultra-mature Bowmore whiskies that have been released over the past fifteen years. (There have been several.) The oak is always present, but not dominant. And the whisky really evolves on the palate, just like the Black Bowmore releases. This emphasis here is on fruit, bright fruit: peach, tangerine, mango, ripe melon, and pineapple. There’s a soft, gentle side to the whisky too, enhanced by sweeter notes of pancake syrup, orange creamsickle and white chocolate. Heavy oak notes emerge, along with teasing, earthy smoke, to give the whisky depth and bottom notes. The smoke and oak linger long on the finish.  Very contemplative. In short, an outstanding whisky, but not quite reaching the excellence of Black Bowmore. 

(Allocation information: 732 bottles available worldwide; 40 bottles are being allocated for the U.S., half of the quantity of Black Bowmore which was released earlier this year. Projected release date–September, 2008.)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94

3 Responses to “Review: White Bowmore”

  1. sam k says:

    Thanks for the review, John. One question: is the name of this whisky significant to its appearance? Black Bowmore, it seems, is a pretty dark spirit. Is this one lighter, or did they just want to play off of the buzz from the Black?

  2. John Hansell says:

    Sam, yes this one is lighter in color (although certainly not “white”), so it is partly a play off of (and tie into) the legendary Black Bowmores. It is from the same genre, but matured in bourbon casks rather than sherry.

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