A subtle Bw bottling, with exceptionally clean maritime notes, enhanced by fresh fruit. Ex-bourbon hogsheads from two 1990s’ vintages were used to mature Bw4.
Core FlavourSea spray and fresh fruit
Cask detailsFour refill hogsheads, two from 1995 and two from 1996.
NoseChocolate and sea breezes. With time there is lots of sweet tropical fruit, like the tropical-fruit drink Um Bongo or Chewits fruity sweets. Kaffir lime leaves set off nicely against more of the cocoa and a big citrus note of blood orange.
PalateThe peat smoke is soft and mulchy, as if it were freshly cut. The savoury elements are all there such as salt and freshly cracked pepper and a hint of olive brine, but they fade with time, allowing more fruit and spice. There are notes of Conference pears and citrus along with rich, spicy notes of cardamom and star anise.
FinishAt first it seems to get darker with notes of baked pears but then there is some residual sugar beet and old-chocolate lime sweets.
- Black pepper
- Star anise
Immaculate young Bowmore.
Delicious, bracing salinity followed by appealing nuttiness, sweet custard-tart notes, a hint of nutmeg and a whiff of smoke.
Bw4 reminds me of the older-style bottlings from that distillery.