Carn Mor Bowmore Tasting Notes

Posted: May 3, 2013 in Bowmore, Scotch Whisky A-G

Carn Mor Bowmore 2001 (11 year old) 46%

549 Bottles from 2 casks, finished in ex-Pedro Ximinez/ Dist: 2001 Btl: 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A very astringent, cardboardy, peat and salty nose. It has all the grace and poise of Ledaig! There are hints of lemon, fish, burnt wood and ashy peat, but also a sulphur blemish as well. The PX finish tries to cover it with a light crystalised treacle note but fails, maybe they should have left in the finishing cask for a lot longer to try and cover what can only be described as rather poor spirit.

The palate is watery and vague. Flat and cardboary with hints of lemon, violets, peat and coal dust. Very astringent, alcoholic (which is a surprise given its abv) and bitter. Good grief the oak has it by the whatsits! It’s so bitter and drying. Then to add insult it finishes with a cloying PX sweetness. To say its unbalanced is an understatement. Dreadful!


Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Bowmore 1991 (24 year old) 54.9%

Bourbon Hogshead 616/ Dist: Mar 1991 Btl: Jan 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2016

Now, that’s a lovely nose! Resplendent with lovely mature fruit, dusty oak, violets, dusty spice and some gorgeously subtle peat smoke. That’s a great, old Bowmore nose!

The palate is lightly honeyed and barley’d. Just like the nose it opens with the sweet-ish fruit, violets and dusty spice before the gentle coastal notes emerge on the middle. Beautifully mature and very long with the gentle peat joining the party on the finish.


Carn Mor Black Gold Bowmore 1991 (25 year old) 55.5%

Sherry Butt 1916/ Dist: July 1991 Btl: Sept 2016/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Wonderfully fresh, citric and salty. Apparently this cask has been maturing at Bruichladdich, which would account for the lovely coastal character which keeps the smoky, treacly sherry in check. Hints of prune, dates, raisins, orange peel, walnuts and pecans follow. The sherry is slightly gritty at the edges (definitely old skool!) with late tar, violets, peat soot and manure.

The palate is slightly treacly and tarry but again the tannins give it a slight grittiness. Like the nose it’s wonderfully fresh, salty and citric with dusty peat and violets. Stunning length with lingering sweetly smoked dried fruit, coffee, salt, drier peat smoke and those gritty tannins. A lovely old Bowmore. Classy stuff!


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