Bowmore Gold Reef

Bowmore Gold Reef is a travel retail expression, launched alongside Bowmore Black Rock and White Sands. It’s a No Age Statement whisky that was matured predominantly in first fill ex-bourbon casks.

Bowmore Gold ReefBowmore Gold Reef

(43%, OB 2014, travel retail)

Nose: quite a coastal expression, with dried seaweed and a sea breeze. Salted butter. Peat and a hint of antiseptic. A fresh and fruity base, mainly lemon and oranges, even peaches if you dig a little deeper. Mouth: smoky and oily, with some pretty sharp peat and a gingery heat. Chalky and zesty notes. A little salt. There’s also a more rounded, vanilla-infused side but I’m only getting a small glimpse of the tropical fruits the distillery is promising. Finish: medium long, thanks to the peat and spiced honey.

Bowmore Gold Reef is quite okay, but it’s around € 85 in the UK, which I find pretty heavy for a 43% NAS whisky that’s not very special. Mind that you can find it as low as € 50 in other countries (1 litre bottle).

Score: 80/100


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