Bowmore Tempest Batch 5

"I had high hopes, and it certainly is a good whisky, but... I was slightly disappointed and had some issues with the complexity"

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The last years Bowmore has released several versions of the Tempest series, for which this is the 5th edition. Coming entirely from first fill Bourbon casks, the series represents according to their site a stormy and more tropical site of the distillery. It has been high on my list for some time, and I have read many enthusiastic reviews on this. Time for the experience itself!

Nose

Clean and fresh. Orange peel, citrussy, before the typical Islay smoke kicks in. Mixes quite well with the fruitiness. Not too sweet, definitely orange peel though… Salty, briny notes come through.

Taste

Gentle smoke that goes smoothly into oranges. Earthy, citrus and lime, salty, seas side wind (oh yes). Not very complex. On a second tasting, I found more acidic notes with orange and lime juice, which work against the sweet fruitiness. Stringent notes  of blackberries come on much stronger (almost seems like somebody accidentally put a Port cask in the mix?!).

Overall

I had high hopes, and it certainly is a good whisky. But… I was slightly disappointed. Some issues with the complexity, and off-putting acidic and stringent notes. Just not really a tempest (according to the dictionary: “a violent windstorm“), I guess more a light subtropical breeze.

What others say

Whiskybase: 85.89 (243 votes) * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 83/100 * @Whiskynotes: 86/100 * @MaltActivist: 92/100 * @WhiskyIsrael: 90/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
60%
Peat/smoke
30%
  • Orange peel
  • Salty
  • Sweet
Nose 84%
Taste 83%
Balance 85%
Depth 83.5%
Finish 84%
Score