Hunter Laing Bowmore Tasting Notes

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Bowmore, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bowmore 2001 (12 year old) 50%

Code: OMC2427/ Dist: Dec 2001 Btl: Oct 2014/ Tasted: Nov 2014

A slightly soapy nose opens with a touch of peat smoke and boiled sweets. Lightly herbal with developing astringent peat. With time the oils begin to encroach upon the aromatics.

The palate is a little gritty with toffee and light peat. Quite herbal with some sweet barley, salt and iodine. Good briny finish with a mouth-watering finale and dusty peat after-taste. If only the nose was as good as the palate.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bowmore 2001 (13 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2448/ Dist: Dec 2001 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

A nose of creamy toffee and astringent brine. Lightly herbal, almost rye-like and lightly sooty with hints of seaweed. The intense briny notes give it a pleasant freshness.

The palate opens with sooty peat and coal dust. Fresh but quite full with burnt toffee and herbal fruit. Lightly coastal with a developing pulped fruit character and a light nuttiness. A little hot on the finish but mouth-watering with a smoky after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1999 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2327/ Dist: Sept 1999 Btl: Nov 2013/ Tasted: Dec 2013

Quite oily and herbal on the nose with menthol, bog myrtle and iodine. Fresh lemon notes mingle with creosote, medicinal-peat and parma violet notes. A classic Bowmore nose!

The palate is relatively oily with tar laden coffee-malt. Thick and chewier than the nose would suggest. Heavily laden with tar, parma violets and more earthy-peat. Lovely intensity and softness with a very herbal, bog myrtle and lightly medicinal finish. Finally exiting with some beautifully dusty cocoa tannins.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bowmore 2002 (14 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2604/ HL12765

Dist: Sept 2002 Btl: Oct 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

An interesting nose. Very petroly, like it’s been finished in an ex-Riesling cask! Hints of oily barley, unsweetened toffee, coffee, manure and subtly smoky peat briquettes. Chunky and bold with unassuming, supportive oak.

The palate is quite winey with the petrol overlaying the thick, oily peat. Hints of barley and oak come through on the middle but the petrol note is quite dominating. Lovely intense, slightly citric and salty finish with hints of parma violets, dusty, sooty, dry peat and tar.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2628/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Quite a phenolic nose with dusty peat, oat biscuits, tar, fish and mature oak. Lightly coastal with hints of seaweed, fresh brine and subtly sweet barley.

The palate is lightly oiled and malty with oat biscuits and subtler peat. A good, fishy, herbal and briny middle with a touch of tar and light smoke. The saltiness continues to build but some sweet barley balances. Long and salty with lingering malt and tar. Finally there is a fleeting parma violet moment before the gritty but soft tannins and barley rounds things off.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2629/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is oiler and less peated than OMC2628 with milky and sawduty oak. The peat is also quite dusty and a touch of burnt wood emerges. Robust and malty with subtle barley and fishy notes, although the fishy notes increase in intensity with time.

The palate is considerably more malty and dark with baked, mature fruit and balancing salt and citrus notes. Subtly creamy oak and barley comes through and the finish is long, with the oak and barley becomes fairly fragrant and lightening the dark, maltiness of the palate.

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