light peats, the air of a room with a man sucking cough sweets; sweet pipe smoke' soft, beautiful delivery of multi-layered peats; lots of effervescent spices and molassed sugars; spices abound; much drier with sharper berries and barley; the peat still rumbles onwards, but has no problems with the light, sawdusty oaks; this new bottling still proudly carries the Fisherman's friend cough sweet character, but the coastal, saline properties here are notch and three up: far more representative of Islay and the old distillery style. Easily by far the truest Bowmore I have tasted in a long while with myriad complexity. Even going back more than a quarter of a century, the malt at this age rarely showed such relaxed elegance. Most enjoyable.
- Jim Murray
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016
The World's Leading Whisky Guide