Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 48%
Score: 95 points

The light copper color reveals the influence of first and second-fill ex-bourbon casks along with Oloroso sherry casks, and the nose has minimal peat (like most older Bowmores, which tend to lose their peat and develop tropical fruit flavors). The nose is brown sugar, raisins, blackberries, and Christmas cake, with a slight hint of orange peel. The taste starts off smooth, then builds to a black pepper kick that fades to reveal figs and raisins, with molasses on the tip of the tongue and spicy on the sides and back of the mouth. The finish is raisins with a slight red wine-like tartness.