A life in drinks: From wine to whisky

Bowmore 1985 2012 release

Bowmore 1985 52.3%

Launching iminantly is this Bowmore 1985 coming from a mixture of Bourbon and Sherry casks.

  Bowmore 1985 © Colin Hampden-White

Bowmore 1985 © Colin Hampden-White


Deep golden with dark amber and caramel


Sweet at first, then very clean with herbal and floral notes over a layer of iodine. Touches of lime marmalade and boiled sweets. Light notes of Vanilla and when left a little a little smoke and fruit comes out.


Very dry at the start and still quite herbal with that typical salty iodine Bowmore backbone, but well balanced and never too much. heather and floral notes are then followed by the sweeter fruit and caramel.


Long and dry with smoke and a little sweetness which disappears leaving herbals and a touch of sea salt.

This was not as rich and fruity as I was expecting, however the whisky, although not as rich, still entices and has remarkable flavour and depth. I only had a small sample and would have liked more so I could have left it to open up and come back to it again. At £300 this is certainly a good whisky and I look forward to tasting it again in the future.

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