Bowmore and Chocolate

Tonight The Whisky Boys are going to taste two Bowmore Single Malts and pair them with some luxurious dark chocolate.

Bowmore Distillery. (Morrison Bowmore Distilleries Ltd.)
Bowmore,
Islay,
Argyll,
PA34 7JS

telephone 01496 810441

website www.bowmore.com

The first dram up tonight is:-

Bowmore – Small Batch Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc/vol. 70 cl. No Age Statement

This malt has been matured in only first and second fill ex-bourbon casks.bowmore-small-batch

Colour…New sawn pine

 

Nose…Grassy and aromatic, new make spirit sweetness, vanilla, cinnamon oddfellows, very mild peat smoke.7
Taste…Citrus burst, burnt fudge, plenty of vanilla, Bounty bar, spray from Loch Indaal.
Finish…medium to long finish, vanilla and the light smoke are dancing together.

Score…3.5 Corks

Pairing Notes:

With the chocolate the cinnamon spice and aromatics are pushed to the front of the palate, a fudgy sweetness at the back.
Score with the chocolate…4 Corks.

Great Islay Malt, you only need a wasps wing of water. But, sitting back and enjoying some quality chocolate proves that this marriage is heavenly.

Up next is:-

 

Bowmore – Darkest, 15 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43% Alc/vol. 70 cl

This Malt is matured in a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks with is final three years sleeping in Oloroso Sherry casks.

Colour…Polished rich mahoganybowmore-darkest

 

Nose…Creamy cherry Christmas trifle, smoking incense stick, charred toffee, good hint of peat, rich dark chocolate.
Taste…Sugar coated roasted hazelnuts, Bowmore High Street chimney peat smoke, plain chocolate coated treacle toffee, sweet honey, freshly waxed wood, taking a bite out of a fishing boats wheel.
Finish…Long, rich and the sherry comes out with some honey lingering, some sweet leaf tea.

Score…4 Corks

Pairing Notes:

Sipping with elegant rich dark chocolate brings out the smoke laden with honey drizzled treacle scones.
Score with chocolate…4.5 Corks.

This was The Whisky Boys favourite, but only by a short head. We felt this was a winter dram sitting by the fire with some quality chocolate from your Christmas stocking.

A great couple of drams with the Small Batch selling for well under £40.00 and the Darkest with change back from £50.00 your bank will not be broken if you buy a bottle or two.

If you check some of the on-line Whisky shops can pick up one of these Bowmore’s together with a quality pairing chocolate.

You can experiment with different styles and flavours of chocolate to go with your favourite dram, it will be an experience you will surely enjoy.

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