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Bowmore 10 years old Dark & Intense, 40% ABV

Bowmore 10 years old Dark & Intense, 40% ABV

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Sherry casks and peat […]

I was going to to place this post in April, because the bottle of Bowmore 10 years old Dark & Intense, 40% ABV, I bought back then while a visit to Kyto, Japan. I came across it accidentally, in fact I accidentally came across a whisky store that was next to the sushi bar, which was the purpose of my visit to that part of the city. In the store, the choice was quite wide and decent, the prices did not seem excessive either. I think it was cheaper than in my country. After deeper exploration of the shelves, I decided to take Bowmore 10 years old Dark & Intense, bottled at 40% ABV. I have never tried this release before, which is a mixture of sherry and peat that I will not pass indifferently, hmm ..., as you could have expected, I have it on the shelf now. According to the label, whisky has to be Dark and Intense, which should owe its maturation in oak barrels after sherry. To the battle!!! C: very nice deep amber, except that its an E-150a, so you do not have to get too excited ;) N: indeed, sherry can be felt from the very beginning, but at once we fall into the arms of smoke and peat, which are not casted here as the first violin, in general, all these tones are complementary, with time everything gets more specific, except that somehow it is not very intense, I mean I have cherries, dried apricots, some dark chocolate and maybe raisins, then again traces of smoke and grilled seafood, everything is nicely connected and pleasant, but it does not overwhelm the senses; T: the taste is pleasantly meaty and oily, except that the rest is similar to the smell, elements of sherry are intertwined with peat, accompanied by sparks on the tongue, but the peat is more pronounced here, right after I get grilled oysters, shadow of smoked fish, later it is sweet with honey, the plum with a cherry and chocolate crumbs come it to play, with the time I get more dark chocolate and again red ripe fruit, then ginger begins to grow in strength; F: even long...

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(84 points)


  • Kilchoman Single Cask 2011/2016 PX Finish na Whisky & Friends M&P Festival

    Kilchoman Single Cask 2011/2016 PX Finish na Whisky & Friends M&P Festival

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (84 points)

    Young and ready

    It has been a while since last Kilchoman on the blog, then it was a version prepared for Whisky Live Tokyo 2013. Today I also have a festival version, the Whisky & Friends M&P Festival. This time it is also a single cask, no 254/2011, my bottle is 45 out of 258, distilled on 27th May 2011 and bottled on 11th April 2016, natural color, unchillfiltered, cask strength 58% ABV, finish in Pedro Ximenez casks. There is nothing to hide I like single casks the most. Lets get straight to the...

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  • Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017, 57.2% ABV

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017, 57.2% ABV

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (90 points)

    Thirsty malt

    Cairdeas, or friendship, thats how Laphroaig calls his annual editions for Feis Ile. Probably not to be called otherwise, since the purchase of this bottle this year was a real torment. First, I was looking for Cask Strength, but this quickly ended, then Laphroaigs website decided to prove that youre not strong enough to face it. Finally after two days I was able to reach the stage of entering credit card details. And then, no confirmation, email, contact, nothing. After a few days the...

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  • Caol Ila 13 years old, 2003/2016, cask 301264, Adelphi

    Caol Ila 13 years old, 2003/2016, cask 301264, Adelphi

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    (89 points)

    Independent Caol Ila

    Yesterday I was at Whisky Live Sopot 2017. This is the first edition of this event in Sopot. It was smaller (in terms of the number of exhibitors and visitors) than eg Whisky Live Warsaw 2016 or 2015, but for sure more intimate, which really suited me. I dont like crowds. You could talk freely to each other and easily get anywhere. Waiting and counting on next editions. One of the more interesting stands was Adelphi. There Caol Ila 13 years old felt into my hands. Distilled in 2003, bottled...

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  • Lagavulin 8 years old

    Lagavulin 8 years old

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (86 points)

    200 anniversary

    Recently, we have many round anniversaries on Islay, there was Laphroaig, Ardbeg and now 200 anniversary of Lagavulin. The distillery does not offer many official editions. We can choose from delicious 16 years old, more rare 12 years old and annual special editions. All gain consumer recognition. On the occasion of the 200th birtday, Lagavulin decided to present 8 years old whisky. At first glance, it sounds modest, for such a large and round anniversary. Of course, the distillery has added...

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  • Laphroaig 14 years old Douglas Laing’s Old Particular

    Laphroaig 14 years old Douglas Laing’s Old Particular

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (92 points)

    Laphroaig from Douglas Laing

    It’s been a long time since we had here Laphroaig ;), recently it appeared on the blog in August – it was 10 years old from 70s. Therefore, it is time for the next one. Today also quite unusual, because of independent bottler - Douglas Laing from a series of Old Particular. It was released to celebrate the Feis Ile 2015. Distillation in February 2001, bottling in February 2015. Single cask - refill butt - a total of 636 bottles with 48.4% ABV. Of course, natural color and no chill...

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  • Visit to the Bowmore Distillery

    Visit to the Bowmore Distillery

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    Travel

    Photo report

    After the last post about Bowmore Tempest 10 years old Batch VI it is worth, if only for a moment, to move to the place of its creation, which I visited during last years stay on Islay. I was there the second time, probably not the last ;) Without any further ado, I invite you to a photo report from a visit to the Bowmore Distillery. [caption id=attachment_6394 align=alignnone width=1602] Bowmore Distillery[/caption] [caption id=attachment_6391 align=alignnone width=1602]...

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  • Bowmore 10 years old Tempest Batch VI

    Bowmore 10 years old Tempest Batch VI

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    (89 points)

    My favourite Bowmore series

    It seems that the Bowmore 10 years old Tempest series has adopted well and we have another edition. There are Batch 3 and V already on the blog and today I have in my glass Batch VI. Both 3 and VI I bought during visits to the distillery. Tempest arouses my smile from the very first glance. Natural color, unchillfiltered, cask strength 54.9% ABV, first fill bourbon barrels. What more could you want? This is obviously a rhetorical question. And ... one more thing, of which today we should...

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  • Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (89 points)

    Madeira Cask

    I do not have to hide that I have a soft spot for Laphroaig. I can not pass by without noticing it. So when recently I received an email from the distillery with an information about the possibility to participate in the lottery to purchase a bottle of Cairdeas 2016 Madeira Cask, without much hesitation I signed up. After a few days it turned out that I acquired the right to buy this release. What times, you need to participate in the lottery to buy Scotch. What to do when demand exceeds...

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  • Bruichladdich Rocks

    Bruichladdich Rocks

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (78 points)

    46%, non chill-filtered, natural colour

    For some time I have on the shelf Bruichladdich Rocks. This is no age statement single malt (NAS), a pity ... but in return we get a 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and natural color. I bought this bottle in Malaysia, Langkawi, for a very attractive price approx. 20 Euro. This is duty-free island and probably it is a merit of that. There are already a several bottles of Bruichladdich on the blog (e.g. Laddie Classic Edition 1, Port Charlotte An Turas Mor, Port Charlotte CE 05 Valinch), lets see...

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