Bowmore 16 year old 1989 vintage, 51.8%

Price: $90 Issue: Spring 2006 Reviewer: John Hansell

No frills here, just pure, unadulterated Bowmore. This Islay whisky speaks of its location in a very pure and natural way. I find invigorating brine, seaweed, green olive, and fishnets, along with the classic Bowmore peat smoke. All these flavors are softened by gentle vanilla and honeyed malt, while background tropical fruit add complexity.