Bowmore and the French Perfume
Some numbers and figures may not match what you find in the Whiskystats 2.0 database.
In our recent Bowmore Portrait we dropped the hashtag #fwp as a reference to one of the many interesting stories that could be told from this distilleries history. To clarify things, we want to explain what is hidden behind fwp.
In the closing years of the previous millennium, different people noticed that some of the Bowmore bottlings shared an intensive and unpleasant trait. Some described it as a flowery soap or some kind of manufactured fragrance. Many of them associated it to the smell of lavender and due to this, its intensity and (we guess) the one or the other personal experience the link to some french whores perfume (fwp) was made. Other people say that the fwp issue is not an issue at all, just some poor expressions of Bowmore. No matter if it was a real issue or not, it served as a point of many discussions around the on- and offline whisky community. So maybe it affected the one or the other buying decision, which is what we tried to find out.
The Mysterious Bottlings
When we wrote our Bowmore Portrait, our initial intention was to check if this fwp rumors had any effects on the secondary market prices. It turned out that there exists nothing like an exhaustive list of which bottles are/could be affected by fwp (or at least we did not find one). Following the Maltmadness´ Bowmore page, it is some of the “Bowmore whiskies that were released between +/- 1995 and the early noughties” for which we are looking for. Interestingly, it seems like only original Bowmore bottlings are affected. Since we couldn’t narrow down which bottles this could be, we depraved the idea of analysing the french whore´s affect on the secondary whisky market (although it would have been one hack of a headline).
Since we didn’t stumbled uppon any more resources in the meantime, we neither can do this analysis today. But if there is someone who reads this lines and who can give us more information, we would be more than happy to do so. Any hints are highly appreciated and can be left below in the comments (sign up first).