Review: Bowmore 15 Years Old “Darkest” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Less common than the ubiquitous 12 Year Old Bowmore, this 15 Year Old single malt from Islay is darker than many whiskys twice its age (in fact it notes “darkest” right on the label).

This whisky has a wonderful balance of all the elements that make good single malts great. The nose is lightly smoky but on the boozy side, giving only a few hints about what’s going on inside the spirit itself. Take a sip and the ride begins: Burnt brown sugar and caramel interplay with moderate peat and smokiness, with a finish that reminds you of apples and citrus fruit. It’s like the 12 Year but with a much bigger and bolder body, with a nicely warming finish that offers a nod to the sherry casks in which this malt was finished.

Probably my favorite Balmore expression to date.

A- / $70 / bowmore.co.uk

bowmore 15 years old islay Review: Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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