Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 Port Matured Review

This is a 23 year Bowmore matured in a Port cask and released in 2013 as a limited edition. It’s bottled at 50.8% ABV.

Nose: Loads of peat/sweet notes up front, I like where this is going – the peat is much stronger than I expected for a malt of this age – some white pepper and a slight milk/dairy note in the background.

Palate: Peat again is quite strong – quite raisiny/sweet with a bit of honey. Slightly ashy with a dash of pepper.

Finish: Peat lingers for quite a long time along with a grape juice note.

Rating: 91/100 – I’m a huge sucker for peat + wine finishes, so this one is right up my alley.

Value for the money: Looks like the price ranges a lot on this one as it’s not widely available anymore, but you can get it between $450-550 it looks like. I’d pass at that price as you can get good peat/wine combos for much cheaper e.g. Longrow Red series.