May 2011 Archives
Although this doesn't really come as a surprise, two British gentlemen have put to the test whether a new make spirit, fresh from distillation has enough energy to actually power a car. They use a Bruichladdich x4 distilled spirit to power a high-performance race car. Their results are demonstrated in this YouTube video
We were fortunate enough to have these two Bowmore expressions on hand, both acquired in separate duty-free transactions abroad. It was a foregone conclusion to taste them against each other. Note that you can currently find the 18 yo at the LCBO, but not the 17.
The spirits look about the same colour in both bottles, but of course, Bowmore isn't shy about using caramel to give their whiskies an almost reddish hue.
So, putting 18 in the glass...
Nose: Subtle with smoke and sherry notes. Ripe fruit, baking spices and a touch of cocoa.
Palate: Just a flash of peat, a medium mouthfeel, deep limey citrus and salt.
Finish: Black pepper, butterscotch and wet, musty earth.
Nose: Remarkably light alcohol vapours from this ten-year-old cask strength (60%abv), sweet sherried fruit, molasses, apples and pears, light coffee and white chocolate with a bit of oak.
Palate: Cloves, lots of cherry, more oak sensations and a rich mouthfeel without excessive heat.
Finish: Spicy with sherry nuttiness, dry and oaky with mild warmth.
Overall: A well rounded, smooth, and easily drinkable cask strength whisky. Water reduces the bottle's warmth and amplifies its spice. Neat is my preference. $79.95 at the LCBO.