Bowmore 18 Year Old Manzanilla Cask Aged Single Malt is one of a trio of released from Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay, and is an exceptional example of showing how wine-cask finishes interact with their smoky, coastal single malt. For the 18 year old expression, the distillery began with maturing the whisky in ex-bourbon barrels for 13 years, and then followed that by transferung the whisky over to casks that previously held Manzanilla Sherry for the remaining 5 years. The whiskey is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength (52.5%).
The whisky is a triumph of masterful distillation. Its perfectly balanced bursts of peat smoke and bitter Seville oranges give way to a deliciously dry, long lasting finish.
Aroma: Treacle, spiced Seville oranges, ripe black ants, salted caramel and subtle menthol and chamomile,with the addition of water, soft stone fruits (greengage), vanilla fudge and fresh peat smoke.
Taste: Burst of peat smoke and bitter Seville oranges.
Finish: Dry and long lasting.