Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

Peated Single Malt

Bowmore // Islay, Scotland


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4 out of 5 stars
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This is the first-ever official Islay single malt Scotch to be finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks. Only 2,000 bottles of this east-meet-west collaboration were produced, since precious few Mizunara oak casks are built, and allotted exclusively for Japanese malts. The whisky in the bottle was selected from casks containing Bowmore Scotch aged 12 - 18 years, finished in the new Mizunara barrels for a few months. It is bottled at cask-strength.

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  • Peated Single Malt
    100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
  • Cask Type
    ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, new Mizunara oak

Tasting Notes

"Though the time in Mizunara oak was relatively short, it had a profound and unique impact on the whisky. Bowmore tends to be dark, nutty, rich and smoky, however this expression tastes like Islay was invaded by a Carmen Miranda-style-tropical-fruit-dance-routine! Then wild mushroom, earthy walnut and flavors akin to miso soup give it an almost brothy quality on the midpalate. Spices abound with ginger, cardamom, clove and cinnamon. The characteristic peat smoke is merely a backup singer here, adding to dark chocolate notes as all these flavor nuances ride off into an elegant aftertaste that reminds of the sort of rancio one encounters in a fine Cognac. All of this to say this is a highly distinctive and unusual Scotch that's a true pleasure to taste. "

Score 98

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