Bowmore 30 Year Sea Dragon Review

This is a 30 year Bowmore that was bottled in the mid 90s putting it in mid 60s distillate. The 1960s Bowmore bottlings are very highly regarded as some of the best Bowmore has produced. They tend to have a tropical fruit profile which was lost in the Bowmore profile starting in the 70s unfortunately. This was bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Subtle peat with very strong peach notes alongside tangerines, subtle oak, and lemon juice.

Palate: Again peat is fairly minimal here with the peach note really taking the forefront. Citrus, mango, apples, pineapple, and cinnamon round it out. Delicate overall but complex.

Finish: Oak dries out with peat lingering on with green apples, peaches, and vanilla.

Rating: 96/100 – One of the best malts I’ve ever had – I’d love to try more of these 60s Bowmores. It’s a shame there aren’t any distilleries out there making these stonefruit heavy malts anymore.

Value for the money: These go for $1200+ on the secondary which is a relative bargain compared to many of the other 60s Bowmore bottlings. If you’re looking for something from that era that is relatively affordable, this would be a great one to start with.

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