While our recent Bowmore 2001 had only a hint of PX, this older expression goes the whole way thanks to a longer period of finishing. It’s obvious from the nose: rhubarb and quina liqueur, cola nut, dried raisins, sweet tea dominate at first… and only after a while organic notes of leather and moderate peat start to emerge. At the palate it shows loads of sugarcane, coffee and once again cola. Then it gradually becomes more balsamic, with restrained medicinal notes of peat and camphor. Its sweetness is huge but never cloying, thanks to a fresh and piquant character. The sweet and spicy character lingers persistently in the mouth, and the finale is reminiscent of aged juicy Demerara rum.