Wemyss Malts The Rockpool 1995 vintage (distilled at Bowmore), 57.2%

Price: $180 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

A very solid and sound Bowmore with saline notes, some dried hot pepper, and masses of menthol, which give a buzzy, nose-cleaning effect. The smoke gently glides along throughout. The palate is quite thick and shows sweetness and a slow release of soft fruit, with a tingle of salt. The smoke slowly increases until it concentrates on the back palate, giving an effect like burning pine logs on the beach. Becomes nicely funky in time. Recommended.