Nose: Very woody, with deep sherry, raisins, dark chocolate, nuts, leather, almonds, and cherry tobacco. Kind of a dry winey tang to this. Inviting.
Palate: Saltier and dryer than expected. There’s some heavy sherry here, but the sweetness is cancelled out by wood and salt. Loads of oak and tobacco, with leather, caramel, sherry, and salt toffee.
Finish: Big leather and tobacco, in keeping with the Bowmore style. Lots of oak, paprika, red berries, earth, roasted almonds, and vanilla. Smoky, dry, and a little bit musty. Medium in length.
Thoughts: The profile is very distinctive, and the dry oak flavours mingle nicely with the robust sherry notes. This almost tastes like a cigar, or a pipe loaded with cherry tobacco. It’s one of the most oak-forward Bowmores to be had. If you like the house style and you want to see the effects of big sherry and rich oak; I’d skip the Enigma and go straight to this one, or better yet the Laimrig.