Whisky Wednesday: Bowmore Mariner 15 Year Old

Review Whisky

So, back to Islay and this time to Bowmore. I was lucky enough to stay right next door to the distillery the last time we were in Islay; there are few better places to be of an evening than looking across Loch Indaal with the Bowmore distillery behind you and Bruichladdich across the water. And, of course, with a whisky in your hand!

Bowmore Mariner

Today we have Mariner, a 15 year old expression that has very much become my ‘default’ whisky of late.

The nose is full of masses of peat, with a rich vanilla to it. A splash of water brings more of a burnt wood out too.

In the mouth it’s all about the big smoke, a rich warming burn all the way down but despite that incredibly smooth. The water brings out quite a sweet tone, but still with buckets and buckets of peat smoke.

I habitually add a little water to whisky – I find it often opens out flavours that can otherwise be missed – but actually the Mariner deserves to be drunk neat. It’s not a subtle dram by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a magnificent one.

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Sardev

Lovely whisky – have tried a few bowmores – but this is the best.

Best served neat with ice. No need to add water – but the melting ice mellows the flavour.

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petedrinks

The trouble with ice is that it cools down the whisky, which in turn can seriously reduce the flavour and more especially the aroma.

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