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Bowmore Tempest Batch 4

5th April 2013

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 has arrived. Another cracking gentle coastal dram!

A little later than we have been expecting but it is finally here. Bowmore have announced the release of the Bowmore Tempest Batch 4. So was it worth the wait? Having just tasted it for the first time I can say a big YES! Another cracking gentle coastal dram from Bowmore.

Those of you who have had the pleasure of the first three Bowmore Tempest batches will already know each batch has subtle differences and this time I would say it is a gentler more delicate expression but still very much a quality expression of Bowmore. In fact I would swear there must be some Bowmore in the the mix way beyond the 10 year age statement on the bottle to give it such a gentle smoothness but there is still enough 10 year old in there to give batch 4 it's zesty spiciness.

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 like the first 3 batches was bottled at 10 years old at a cask strength of 55.1% ABV and with less than 2,000 cases released worldwide this is a limited edition priced with an RRP of 49.99.

Morrison Bowmore Master Blender Rachel Barrie describes the dram as "Effervescent waves of citrus and ocean spice, tempered by warm ripples of smooth vanilla and wispy smoke."

"It's like being out on a boat in the ocean waves, with bracing sea air, ocean spices and salty drizzle sharpening the senses and clearing the mind," said Barrie. "As you get closer to shore, the bright sun breaks through the clouds bringing a satisfying warmth, rewarding you with sun-drenched fruit and vanilla sweetness."

Completing the experience, Rachel suggests a unique food pairing that fuses sweet and savoury. Vanilla ice cream, olive oil drizzle and a sprinkle of sea-salt served with mandarin and pistachio meringue.

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 will be available from whisky specialist shops from May 2013.

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Some oak spice, vanilla, coconut, lemon citrus and orange and just a delicate whiff of sweet peaty tangy smoke,

Taste: Delicious, gentle Bowmore peat smoke and waves of toasted oak spice. Sweet vanilla, lemon zest, the peat smoke becomes more peppery.

Finish: A lovely long finish for such a gentle dram. Delicious light smoke and sweet vanilla lightly coated in lemon pepper linger on the palate.

Comment: Loved it! A gentler more delicate expression of Bowmore Tempest and still very much a quality expression. Great balance between the delicate peat smoke, citrus and vanilla. Another cracking gentle coastal dram from Bowmore.
SMW Score 91/100

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