Bowmore Tempest 10yo Single Malt Bottled 2009 Batch 1 First Fill Bourbon 55.3%
Lemon vanilla sauce coating a layer cake of lightly peated malted barley, caramel then a picture emerges of a sunny spring day on Loch Indaal and a soft breeze of fresh lemon and salty air with a passing reek of peat smoke.
Mild in texture, the vanilla is only noticeable for a second before the powerful mid-palate of tarry seaweed takes over, then the bottom of the salt shaker fell out, with a lemon pepper finish. 87
Bowmore Tempest 10yo Single Malt Bottled 2010 Batch 2 First Fill Bourbon 56%
A little murky at first, then surprisingly a hint of Bowmore's trademark horse sweat emerges mingling with the peated barley and a touch of citrus. The smoke more evident on this batch.
With time the dram clears and fresh tobacco dominates with a soft orange caramel in the background.
The palate is velvety vanilla, then a punch of tar and chilli pepper with the peat and and salted seaweed lingering through the finish as more salt is released. 86