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Bw4

Islay single malt scotch whisky

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 Flavour

    Sea spray and fresh fruit
  • Cask details

    Four refill hogsheads, two from 1995 and two from 1996.
  • Strength

    51.6%
  • Distillery status

    OPEN
  • Approved by

Tasting notes

  • Nose

    Chocolate 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.
  • Palate

    The 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.
  • Finish

    At first it seems to get darker with notes of baked pears but then there is some residual sugar beet and old-chocolate lime sweets.

Flavour

  • Black pepper
  • Pear
  • Star anise
  • Lime
  • Smoke

Bw4 Reviews

  • Immaculate young Bowmore.

    Serge Valentin

  • Delicious, bracing salinity followed by appealing nuttiness, sweet custard-tart notes, a hint of nutmeg and a whiff of smoke.

    Stuart Peskett

  • Bw4 reminds me of the older-style bottlings from that distillery.

    Konstantin Grigoriadis

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