Absolutely magnificent, this version, from the first seconds of tasting, inevitably echoes the no less remarkable Bowmore 2001 from the Artist #7 and #8 ranges of La Maison du Whisky. Its additional years spent in barrels have in no way diminished the freshness, smoothness and firmness of expression that characterized its predecessors, quite the contrary. Evoking a peat that is oily, herbaceous or even medicinal, its aromatic palette is also resplendent with exoticism. As if driven by a sea wind, it docks at the end of the mouth on the eastern shore of Loch Indaal, on the island of Islay.

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Colour: Deep golden yellow.

Nose: Rich, heady. On the first nose, scents of rooty and empyreumatic peat (sleet, soot) rub shoulders with vanilla, lemony and medicinal notes (Velpeau band, poultice) of very pure expression. Allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette becomes increasingly mineral (schist, charcoal, basalt), saline and at the same time creamy (barley porridge, rice cake). Then, essential oils (savory, rosemary, sage) and spices (star anise, clove, nutmeg) intermingle with fresh fruit (Williams pear, Golden apple).

Palate: Clean, full of vitality. Finely liquoricey (stick) and oily (green olive), the attack on the palate develops into candied (lemon, pineapple, pear) and herbaceous (green barley, cut hay, alfalfa) flavors. On the mid-palate, notes of barley sugar and anise deeply permeate the taste buds. The finish is minty, very slightly earthy and rooty (gentian, genepi).

Finish: Long, dense. Anchored in a soil full of mineral salts, the start of the finish is supported by a remarkable chocolate and malty bitterness. In the aftertaste, the pungent flavors of a burning cigar float in an atmosphere increasingly saturated with intense smoke and eucalyptus notes. The retro-nasal olfaction is malty, peaty (dry peat), medicinal (balm), vanilla and lemony. The empty glass leads us right into the middle of a spray-swept peat field.

Slightly Peated

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Weight 1.170 kg


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