Bowmore 22, 1996, Cask 17078 (OMC 20th Anniv. Release)

On Monday I posted a review of one of two Bowmore 22, 1996s released by Hunter Laing to mark the 20th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask line. I really liked that one. Here now is my review of the second which I hope I will like at least as much. It is also from an ex-bourbon cask.

This is the last of my OMC 20th anniversary reviews—if anyone has any first-hand reports on any of the others released in the series, please write in below. I’m particularly interested in those that are still available: as you know I don’t approve of talk of whiskies that are not currently available. Thanks in advance.

Bowmore 22, 1996 (50%; OMC 20th Anniversary; cask 17078; from a bottle split)

Nose: Milder than the sibling cask with the floral notes, a bit of cream and a bit of smoke. With a few drops of water it’s a bit maltier and muskier but not very much more expressive. 

Palate: Sweeter arrival and then there’s quite a bit of lime making its way through the sweet notes (which are a little indistinct). Not a whole lot of smoke here either. Some bitter lime peel pops out as it sits but there’s not much change worth noting with time; let’s see if water brings out anything new. Well, there’s some of the malt that popped out on the nose as well but the bitterness takes a more vegetal turn.

Finish: Medium-long. More acidity here and a touch more smoke. As on the palate with water—some talcum powder’ish notes here at first before it settles down again.

Comments: Well, I didn’t like this one quite as much. It’s a solid whisky and very Bowmore but it suffered in close juxtaposition with the other cask. Still, I wouldn’t turn down a pour; though I wouldn’t add water next time.

Rating: 85 points.

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