Wemyss – Cacoa Geyser – Bowmore 1998
No Added Colouring
Distilled 1989 – bottled 2014
~£70.70 from Master of Malt
One of the latest outturn of Wemyss’ single cask releases. The complete list of single malts include cask strength Kirsch Gateau 1988 single cask from Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay; Cacoa Geyser 1998 single cask from Bowmore Distillery, Islay; Snuffed Candle 1999 single cask from Aberfeldy Distillery, Highlands; Dark Treacle Fondant 2002 single cask Craigellachie Distillery, Speyside; Honeysuckle Bower 1995 single cask from Linkwood Distillery, Speyside; and Carribean Crème 1988 single cask from Invergordon Distillery.
Oily and slightly lactic. Vegetal peat. Light medicinal smoke. Struck match. Some berries. Dried cranberries and raisins. Some dried orange. Touches of dusty cocoa powder. Some cinnamon. It’s a challenging nose, quite different from the usual sherried Bowmore’s of similar age.
Big and fruity. Not a lot of smoke evident. Spicy, tongue tingling arrival, moving into the development, with chilli and clove. Fruit comes back during the development, quite the blackcurrant purée, with some prunes, raisins and some dried fruits mixed in. Some dark chocolate is in the mix here. Almost Cadbury fruit and nut bar, but low on the nuts.
And there’s some smoke. The smoke is in the finish, along with the blackcurrants, and mixed dried fruits on the palate. Has some aggression on the throat, which I think will be calmed with a little water.
Adding a splash. The nose has touches of nuttiness now amongst the previous experience. The palate has more smoke in the development, some charred oak, oils, ash and even a little coal. Slightly less fruity now, some added barley sugar, but more of an Islay character overall. The finish is fruity and chocolatey, with whiffs of medicinal peat smoke and some maritime characteristics. I think this is one to add a drop of water to to give it some additional complexities.
A nice confectionary style big dram, lots of intense flavour. With water it turns into a more maritime and transitional Islay dram with a twist. It’s very different to many sherried bowmore whiskies and as such it is more challenging an experience.
Much thanks to Wemyss for providing me with a review sample.