The Bowmore distillery is located on the rugged island of Islay and its whiskies benefit from a maturation in cellars beside the sea, influenced by powerful winds and wild waves. The small batch series Tempest pays homage to this unique climate. Each batch of Tempest falls somewhere on the Bowmore Beaufort Scale. Inspired by the measuring system for wind speed, this scale plots the complexity and smokiness of the whisky. Bowmore 10 Years Old Tempest Batch 1 is the first release in the series. It matured for 10 years in first-fill bourbon barrels, before being bottled in 2009 at a cask strength of 55.3%. The whisky is sweet and spicy, with notes of vanilla, citrus and orange, followed by peat smoke and a hint of sea salt. The finish is long, lingering and fresh.