Frechio & Frasa Import. Bottled April 1972 for the 20th anniversary of Edorardo Giaccone's Whiskyteen at Salo. Distilled and Botttled at Morrison's Bowmore Distillery. Ltd.
Bowmore, that was bottled for the most iconic whisky collector and retailer ever, the much moustachioed Eduardo 'Baffo' Giaccone, who sadly passed away fifteen years ago. What's more, it'll be a very young Bowmore, not even 10 years old, that spent 4/5 of its life in its bottle. Indeed, like many other whisky lovers, I still believe whisky keeps changing once bottled, albeit at a much slower pace of course. Because mind you, whisky just cannot be a dead product! (Whiskyfun)
Bowmore 1969 - Cask #6635 for Edoardo Giaccone
Only 9 years old, or maybe even 8, but, as I said… More than 40 years in glass. Colour: straw. Nose: oh, this is different! Imagine a good dose of diesel oil, ‘new car’ (well, new plastic or this ‘magic spritz’ that second-hand car dealers use to trick the customer), something very grassy or even cactussy, and then the most complex phenolic/mineral combo that anyone may ever find in any whisky. Grease, damp clay, graphite oil, lead, old engine… What’s striking is that there’s no single fruity note here, while older Bowmores from the same vintages are usually quite fruity. With water: big whiffs of bicycle inner tubes, then even more garage stuff (motor oil, grease, petrol…)
Mouth (neat): utter magnificence. Hard to describe. Or when whisky is both ‘focused’ and even ‘compact’ yet immensely complex. No modern youngish whisky can beat this. Some kind of secret elixir made by mermaids (ouch, and now I sound like those weird Bowmore ads from fifteen years ago…) Anyway, an astounding peat beast. With water: it was about time you called the anti-maltoporn brigade! Finish: very long, with this lemony and salty peatiness that’s so Bowmore – and so lovable. Comments: see, even young whiskies need time. What’s sure is that this is an utter glory that was most probably quite rough when bottled (so sad Signor Giaconne has left us, he could tell!) and that time in glass polished to perfection. A wonderful 7500th dram, in any case. SGP:257 - 95 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottling Date||April 1978|
|ABV/ Volume||58.0%/ 75cl|