Finally! Time to dive into my first three small bottles of whiskies from the Swedish independent bottler Auld Rare, the first independent bottler in Sweden actually. I bought this three-pack of whiskies from Islay in October 2015, but did not find the time to open them until this Summer. After tasting them a couple of times, I am finally ready to write down some tasting notes.
First out is a Bowmore distilled 21 September 1989 and bottled in 2011 at 51,7 ABV. It has spent 22 years in bourbon barrel #22557. They bottled only 60 bottles, each 10 cl. I do not know where the rest of the barrel has gone.
Spoiler alert: This was a strange and funny whisky. Quite sharp and alcoholic on the nose. Washing powder, synthetic candy and fruity in a metallic way. Quite sharp on the palate as well, and cold. Ammonia, eucalyptus and mint. There is a metallic taste to it which is not very attractive. The peat appears mostly on the finish. Still there is ammonia, mint and a metallic taste. A cold and peaty finish. I really do remember this one to be better when I taste it this Summer and Autumn. Could something have happened to the whisky? It will be interesting to taste the other two.
My score: noes 21 / taste 19 / finish 18 / balance 119 = 79