Murray McDavid

1989, Mission Gold, Aged 26 Years

ABV 50.4%
REVIEWED Issue 141
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Brand: Bowmore, Murray McDavid
Expression: 1989, Mission Gold, Aged 26 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 26 years old
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 50.4%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Mark Newton
Nose: Sweet peat and bright jammy fruits. Strawberry jam, blackberries. The peat returns – ashier, with tobacco. Brilliant mustiness, cardboard or old cellars. Sandalwood.
Palate: Same intense strawberry or blackberry jam and peat trade-off. Dark fruits explode. Cigars with port or sherry. Thick and dry. A bruiser!
Finish: Tart, tannic, ashy, tobacco, yet with enticing winey sweetness. Lingering ash for an endless finale.
Comment: Outrageous, intensely flavoured, yet somehow well balanced.
Taster   Laura Foster
Nose: A true smell of Islay – the fruity, estery aromas from the still room, embers of a wood fire, seaweed and sea breeze, some TCP and a piece of clootie dumpling thrown in!
Palate: The initial impression is of dark, chewy charcoal, but the heart of this is actually very herbal and green – anise, sticky hops and eucalyptus specifically.
Finish: Those herbal green characters keep playing on amongst some sea grass and some dried chilli flakes.
Comment: Greener than I’d expected, but a solid dram from the Queen of the Hebrides.
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Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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