Color: Light copper brown, hopefully from the wood and not from a coloring agent
Nose: Modest amounts of peat complemented by a significant brine and fruity, sherry sweetness. Some sulfuric and woody bitterness. Matchsticks.
Taste: Balanced peat and wood. Iodine and seaweed. A nice mouthfeel that complements the 15 year age statement. Oloroso sherry is mostly covered by the light, bowmore house style peat, but there is some sweetness that breaks out. The bottling proof is nice, not overpowering. The taste is good but it quickly yields to the finish.
Finish: Sulfur, burnt paper, acrid wood, orange zest. It’s long and bitter, and not my style.
Balance: This would be a middle of the road expression before the finish. The early taste is relatively clean, but the finish is muddling and weird. There are some things I respect about this Islay -- an age statement, clearly expressed wood finish, no stupid gaelic name.
Stupid letter grade: C
Would I buy again: No