The BRIGHT golden glow of a fine small batch Islay Single Malt Whisky aged in first fill Bourbon casks made of American Oak for 10 Years – Bowmore Tempest No. 3 Non chill-filtered 55.6% alco./vol.
My favourite Bowmore of the range with lovely citrus and smoke. Established in 1779, Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery and among the oldest in all of Scotland.
Côte d’Or Barriques – 43% abv 1L Duty Free
I remember Glenmorangie being among some of the first Single Malt Whiskies I tried. It was a big brand name and widely available whether it be in bars or friends’ homes. It was a very “accessible” whisky for a newbie like me.
This bottle was purchased at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on the way home after a visit to Paso Robles wine country. We had some time before our flight home to Vancouver so we hit the Duty Free shop. Usually it’s a window shopping exercise but I remember specifically that my bosses at the time saying, “Get in there [to the whisk(e)y section] and get something!” I can’t remember the exact selection available but likely an offering of Glenmorangie with their various wood finishes – likely Port and Sherry. I had tried other whiskies with these finishes before so that is likely why I chose the Burgundy finish as it was the first non-fortified “wine” cask finish I had seen. Combine that with the Duty Free price and a 1 L format? SOLD!
I don’t have any tasting notes from the time I first opened the bottle, but it is one that has been enjoyed often.
Since this was purchased, the distillery no longer produces this expression and has repackaged their line up. It was actually a tweet from a friend @MaliaYoskia that showcased a taster pack with 4 expressions that spurred me to look for this bottle to post some tasting notes.
C: old burnished gold
N: light floral, almonds, clover honey, vanilla sugar cookie
P: up front bourbon sweetness with a slight tingle (from abv?) ; medium, plush, creamy, fruit from the wine cask comes through and sweetness continues with a touch of subtle spice
Auchentoshan is near and dear to my heart since I cut my “whisky” teeth on Irish Whiskey. It is the only Scottish distillery that triple distils every single drop as Irish whiskeys generally are , while other Scotches are double distilled. I had forgotten that I was given this dram, (which came with a 50 mL of 12 Years Old and Three Wood) until chatting with a friend about our TGIF libation.
Colour: Deep gold from 18 years ageing in ex bourbon barrels
Nose: green tea, citrus, marzipan, ginger
Palate: bourbon sweetness up front, smooth but lively, toasted almonds, dark chocolate cake on the back palate,
Finish: lovely lingering finish with sweetness and citrus and toasty vanilla.
A few drops of water really opens it up both aromas and flavours: more floral and ginger comes through; vanilla creaminess on the palate.
A lovely dram and will be looking to add a full bottle to the collection!