Bowmore Whisky – A Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a Single Cask

Bowmore Whisky – A Scotch Malt Whisky Society ( SMWS ) Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a Single Cask, 56.4 Alc/vol Numbered 3.149

This is the second tasting of this evening (Wednesday June 23rd) and all five of us are really looking forward to opening this bottle.

This bottle of Bowmore from the SMWS also has a subtitle ” Asian food delivered by Angel biker ” and for those who do not know the code that 3.149 relates to. The 3 is the code number for Bowmore Distillery on Islay, 149 is the number of single casks from Bowmore that the SMWS has purchased for there own bottlings.scottish-malt-whisky-society3

Born out of a love of whisky, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983.  Now, more than 25 years on, the Society is internationally recognised as one of the most reliable sources of the finest and most exclusive single cask, single malt whiskies.

Some of the most scrupulous noses in the business, in the form of the Society’s respected Tasting Panel, only allow the very best single cask single malt whiskies make the cut.  Bottling more than 200 single casks every year from a range of 125 distilleries, the Society has made a huge contribution to the appreciation of single malt whisky in the last 25 years.  So lets move on to the tasting:bowmore-scotch-malt-whisky-society-single-cask1

Colour…Chardonnay spritzer

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…A hospital corridor with a peaty wind blowing through the window.
Taste…Tongue bursting and smoke, add a gesture of water and it smoothes out this splendid Islay Single Malt.
Finish…Mouth tinglingly long, Islay together with the SMWS can do no wrong, well done.

Score…4 corks
Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Insulin, hospital, no excuse for not knowing this distillery.bowmore-scotch-malt-whisky-society-bottling1
Taste…Tongue numbing, reassuringly smooth and peatful.
Finish…Numbing to the end, long and beautiful.

Score…3 corks

Dougie’s Tasting

Nose…Initial peat smoke with a floral undertone, a touch of water brings out a fruity sweetness.
Taste…Robust, well rounded, rich thick peat smoke, yet still mature Christmas pudding, fruity sweetness, more , more , more.
Finish…Long and lightly spiced, smoke and everlasting liquorice,

Score…4 corksphilip-giles-and-whisky-boy-dougie

Philip’s Tasting

Nose…Germaline is almost overtaken by the peat/smoke.
Taste…Very many warming tingles everywhere, a gem.
Finish…Long and smokey with a touch of sweetness lingering.

Score…4 corks

Reg’s Tastingreg-aulds-and-whiskyboy-jim2

Nose… Emergency Ward 10 with an overload of peat.
Taste…Very heavy when drunk straight, but add a little H2O and you have the grandest of drams.
Finish…Long and it is like a still loch.

Score…3.5 corks

Overall score…4 corks

What a combination, Bowmore and the SMWS.  The Whisky Boys are in favour of these combinations/unions like other independent bottles, Douglas Laing, Gordon & MacPhail to name but two.  They seem to take the best a distillery can distill and bottle it just at the right time, well done all you guys.

Back to this tasting, the second of the evening and it was a belter, the flavours, the complexity and the joy we all had was terrific.  The tasting panel at SMWS did well, or should we say the did brilliantly what a choice of a single cask bottling.

The Boys cannot wait until we open another single cask bottling, but we ask you all to check out SMWS on their website we would even recommend that you join so that you can receive all the benefits this society can offer you, and as usual tell them the Whisky Boys sent you.

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