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Tasting notes for Bowmore 16 year old 1984 Sherry, James MacArthur

James MacArthur
60% a.b.v.

Like other mid-eighties sherry casked Bowmores in their mid teens, this is a complete charmer. Sweet lavender, syrupy sherry, and a whiff of coal fill the nose, which is a bit prickly due to the high proof. In the glass this is unctuous and leggy like you would not believe.

Lavender dominates the palate again, moving to clear raspberry and morello cherry, then moving to dried bing cherry, coal-y peat, and lavender pastilles. A bit warm, but comfortingly so, and not needing any dilution. In the finish, peat, sherry sweetness, and more lavender. The finish avoids becoming bitter, and lasts quite a while. I am quite sad to be down near the bottom of my bottle, but I have been able to share it with quite a few enthusastic friends.

Suggested for:
After dinner

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