Bowmore 22yo Master’s Selection 51.5% ABV

Bowmore 22 Year Old Aston Martin Masters' Selection

The second bottling in the Master’s Selection range captures ‘synchronised creativity’, bringing together whiskies matured in American oak hogsheads and Sherry butts. Distilled in 1997 and 2000 respectively.

Appearance: Dark honey. A hairline jagged and beaded swirl mark with a corrugated film with many medium legs.

Nose: Charred pizza pineapple, sweet spices, oak and distant smoke. There’s a citrus edge too: lemon refresher bar and blackberry boiled sweets. Stewed forest fruit pie with a buttery pastry and brown sugar.

Palate: OOh, thick and full of sugar-coated blackberries. Honey, buttery pastry and a touch of those sweet spices again (cinnamon and nutmeg). There’s a lovely rich and comforting feel to the palate, it’s an end-of-evening treat. A slightly drying oak and salted chocolate.

Finish: Medium in length. The pastry, sweet spice and buttery notes linger for some time. That chocolate note also persists. Faint spearmint too.

Overall: Finally a Bowmore I can get on board with. The higher ABV works wonders on the pleasant and well-balanced elements of the dram. Amazing what can happen without diluting.

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