A few weeks ago, my father-in-law was nice enough to let me sample his newest scotch, the Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Limited. At 54.5%, she’s near to being a big girl. The scotch has that deep amber colour that comes from spending time in a sherry cask and – sure enough – the smell is sherry with a hint of sweetness.
The whisky isn’t heavy on your palate and I found it lightly coated my tongue. Its taste follows naturally from its smell – sherry with figs or raisins and a slightly smoky quality. The tasting notes speak to hints of chocolate but I couldn’t pick that up. Given its higher alcohol content, it needs a bit of water to open it up which made the long, warm finish that much more enjoyable. The Laimrig is a delicious whisky and you’ll notice in the picture that the bottling was capped at 15,000. Of those, only 8,000 made their way to North America and, at $85 a bottle, this is one I’d recommend picking up. That is, unless you know someone who already has one and is willing to share.