This is a 15 year Bowmore from Feis Ile 2012 that was finished in sherry casks and bottled at 55.4% ABV.
Nose: Peat balanced beautifully with a heavy sherry influence, strong ash notes with guava, mint, smoky barbecue and smoked trout.
Palate: Rich sherry with perfectly balanced peat again, smoked meats and mulling spices.
Finish: Peat lingers with rich sherry and smoldering wood chips.
Rating: 93/100 – I’ve become more and more a big fan of sherry/wine finishes on strong peated whiskies, and this hits all those notes perfectly.
Value for the money: I think this originally retailed for £170 or so, but I’m sure it sold out in minutes and who knows what it went for after, but I’d be comfortable paying up to around $300 for a bottle of this if it were available on shelves still.