BOWMORE 26YO THE VINTNER'S TRILOGY 48.7% 700ML
The Vintner's Trilogy from Bowmore showcases the impact of lengthy wine-cask-finishes on the terrific Islay single malt. The 26-year-old expression began its maturation in ex-bourbon barrels for 13 years, before being moved over to French oak barriques (that previously held wine) for the remaining 13 years.
Nose: Bonfires on the beach (with some grilled pineapple) leading into earthy smoke. Fruity coffee, too.
Palate: Chewy raisins and smoked oak, with a whiff of brandied cherry. A coastal tang develops.
Finish: Salted chocolate and quince jam.