Monday 3 October 2022

Bowmore 1997 23yo Club Qing Fairytale Series [Tasted #586]

Continuing with the theme of "whiskies from distilleries & bottlers I love, but don't post enough on the blog", is this 23yo Bowmore from 1997, bottled by Club Qing as part of their "Fairy Tale" series.

It wasn't that long ago that I used to buy almost every Club Qing release (including this beauty, which I cracked open to celebrate the birth of my son), but as whisky's become more popular in HK, they've become harder to get at retail, and I've just come to accept that when it comes to whisky, you're never going to be able to buy every bottle you want.

Luckily, this is Hong Kong, which means if you miss out on a bottle, there's a very good chance you know someone who didn't, and they're either happy to share it at the next gathering, or they're offering samples...


Bowmore 1997-2021 (Club Qing Fairy Tale Release #5) (43.7% ABV, 23yo, 1 of 198 bottles, Islay, Scotland, no longer available)
Colour: Amber gold

Nose: Fruit-smoked peat. Peach, pear, candied apple. Pears, honey, and an underlying maritime smoke.

Palate: Follows the nose, with some caramelised mango, pineapple, and a big chewy peach pie with a flamed crust.

Finish: Long, salt-smoked mango and peach.

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 92/100. A Bowmore with tropical notes? Yes please and thanks! 


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