Bowmore Tempest VI 10 year old single malt is the 6th batch of the famous Tempest series by one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Bowmore was founded in 1779 and it is the oldest distillery in Islay region. Bowmore is one of only 6 distilleries who still produce malted barley in its own malting floors, where the barley is turned regularly by hand to control the temperature and rate of germination.
Bowmore Tempest VI 10YO – Batch 6 review
So far, they’ve released 6 small batches of Bowmore Tempest. All of them have been matured in first-fill Ex-Bourbon casks. Some of them are peatier than others, I think. I have only experienced this 6th batch but apparently, they’ve all been good. Bowmore Tempest 10YO is an annual release presented at cask strength and since fans of peated whisky have really noticed this series, Tempests are usually sold out fast.
Matured in: First fill Ex-Bourbon casks
Nose: Starts with peat and pepper. Salty air breeze in a mellow way. Salty, toasted banana and barley. Like someone had put out a bonfire using fresh lemon juice.
Taste: Peat is present but fades away quite fast. Buttery with coconut and barley. Bananas taken from the oven.
Finish: Mix of peppers and tropical fruits. The peppery side takes over much more, Fisherman’s Friend is written all over the aftertaste. Bit oily, with a bitter touch. Salty tangerine rises in the aftertaste.
Balance: Quite thick body with a lighter taste, yet strong Islay characteristics in the mix. Very versatile dram – unusual combo.