Another young trio!

Let’s try those three young sherry whiskies today, yes it’s very young but we still could find some hidden gems in there, aren’t we?

Bimber 3yo 2016-2020 (58.5%, OB for LMDW, American oak virgin cask, cask #93, 257 bottles)

Colour: Deep gold with copper hues.
Nose: Alcohol is present, it’s fresh and mainly on the sherry markers. Solvents, wood, acacia honey, cloves, cinnamon and the typical Bimber old school bubblegum notes!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is not bad and the texture is slightly thick. A lot of green wood, acacia honey, pastry notes, bread, black pepper, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon stick, bubblegum notes, peach jam and fresh coconut notes. It’s kind of grainy to be honest!
Finish: Mid-Long. Vanilla, creamy notes, the same spices, fresh coconut and green wood.

That’s clearly a good starter/daily dram. The problem is always the same in those kind of young Bimber, the price!

Score: 87

Bowmore Springtide “2016 edition” (54.9%, OB, 1st & 2nd fill spanish oloroso sherry casks, 4000 bottles)

Colour: Deep copper with clearer hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence. Here it seems to be more of a dark sherry profile with a lot of forest fruits, blueberries, red berries, blackcurrants, costal smoke full of sea salt, dusty cigar box, old leather, tobacco leaves, salted butter caramel and bitter cocoa. I already like that coastal sherry combo!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. What a burst of flavour, it’s very powerful! Dark and concentrated sherry notes again with, noble wood, red berries, blackcurrants, blueberries, old dusty leather, sea salt, iodine, salted butter caramel, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and some cold ash and delicate smoke at the end of the mouth.
Finish: Long. It starts with a delicate veil of wood smoke, hints of sea salt, sherry markers and then appears some gentle wood smoke that will lingers for a long time.

That’s honestly a very impressive dram with some complexity, balance and a lot of power!


Score: 89

Smögen 6yo 2020 “100 Proof – Batch 1” (57.1%, OB, Sherry Quarter Casks)


Colour: Deep gold with copper hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence. it’s creamy, buttery, candied raisins, panettone, nutmeg, dark and bitter chocolate, tobacco, yeast and some kind of matured cheese notes.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is quite oily and thick. Fudge, milk chocolate, tar, old dusty leather, cigar box, heather honey, nutmeg, iodine, sea salt, smoked salmon, smoked meat, anise star, pinewood freshness, acidic yeast and liquorice stick.
Finish: Long. Sea salt, iodine, wood dryness, white pepper, cigar box, cold ashes, dark chocolate, liquorice and delicate notes of honey.

It’s the first Smögen I ever taste and I have to admit that it’s very good! It lacks a bit of complexity to go higher score-wise but it’s a very good daily dram.

Score: 90

I have to say that both of those drams were good and enjoyable as daily drams and that’s very cool indeed but don’t forget to also factor the price tag as a buyer. Some of them are really pricey for the years involved!

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