Nose: Peat, milk chocolate, smoked bacon, crème brulée, banana, citrus, and a pinch of salt. Light, coastal, smoky, and ever so slightly fruity. Pleasant.
Palate: Medium bodied with gentle peat. More oak on the palate. Tobacco, leather, nuts, sea salt, bacon, and light honey. The smokiness is more intense here than it was on the nose.
Finish: Smooth, with a lingering salty, dry oak note that seems to go on and on. Medium long and satisfying.
Thoughts: I enjoy the fact that this whisky is both sturdy and unassuming. It’s perhaps a bit too understated for some. But it’s not meant to be huge and it’s not meant to be compared to Ardbeg or Laphroaig. This fills the niche that Bowmore’s meant to fill. That being said, I don’t reach for it often. 40%? Yeah, it’s a little light.