This is a limited release from Bowmore that is a 10 year expression that was matured in first fill sherry butts and bottled at 56.9% ABV.
Nose: Smoky bbq with distinct malt coming through. Musty oak with heavy sherry notes.
Palate: Burnt meats and smoky charcoal – still rather malt forward but with burnt oak and sherry taking on a hint of sulphur.
Finish: Bit of sulphured sherry here too with seaweed drenched in heavy smoke
Rating: 84/100 – Interesting, sherry is somewhat minimal for a sherry matured malt even for a 10 year malt. Smoke was pretty dominant in this dram which was an interesting counter to the sweeter sherry notes.
Value for the money: These go for around $250 since they have been out of production for sometime. I’d value this around $70 personally and would be happy to pay that.