There is no finer place to drink whisky than when sitting on the sea wall at the waterside Bowmore distillery. The sea wall is part of the town’s sea defences, but also forms the outer wall of warehouse one, the legendary warehouse that has stored some of the distillery’s finest malts. Part of the warehouse is below sea level, but while the angry seas vent their frustration against the wall in winter, the casks rest in blissful tranquility on the other side. You can smell the salt in the air and see it encrusted on the walls. Bowmore lies halfway up the island on a sea loch and faces Bruichladdich, which is about three miles away on the other side of the loch. This is the fifth version of the cask-strength Tempest, matured, as always, in first-fill bourbon casks.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Nose-searing salt and tropical fruit and a touch of tar. Sugared smoked almonds.
Palate: Soft at first, then a faceful of tar, salt and blueberries, strawberries and mango. A peaty, sugary and fruity finish.
Retails for around £55