Bowmore 18-year-old

Category Single Malt from Islay, Scotland
Distillery
District Islay
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottled 2007
Age 18 years old
Strength 43.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 65.90$ 71.17£ 48.11
Colored Chillfiltered
The-Man-best-Friend Review note
less than a week ago
The-Man-best-Friend gave this whisky 83 points

Fast gleich mit DARKEST 15Yo, bisschen lieblicher vielleicht.

Weighted Rate
83
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
84
Price
82
Presentation
82
dirkmemphis Review note
about a week ago
dirkmemphis gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83
Nose
84
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
81
Price
86
Presentation
84
Master Quill Note
less than a month ago
Master Quill gave this whisky 83 points

I scored a 2010 batch 82 points and a 2014 batch 84.

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Cicero Tasting note
a couple of months ago
Color
Amontillad
Nose

wenig Rauch, rote Früchte, Beeren, maritim

Taste

Rauch, breitet sich langsam im gesamten Mund aus, süß, rote Beeren, Kirschen, Kaffee

Finish

ein eleganter und leicht rauchiger Whisky

Comments

Diese Eleganz ist gleichzeitig eine Stärke und Schwäche.
Wenn ich viel Sherry will, hat er zu wenig, wenn ich Rauch will, hat er zu wenig davon....eignet sich, wenn man keine Extreme möchte, aber es trotzdem nicht zu weichgespült sein soll

Paulski88 Review note
a couple of months ago
Paulski88 gave this whisky 69 points
Weighted Rate
69
Nose
80
Initial taste
65
Body
65
Finish
50
Price
90
Presentation
80
Helgo Review note
a couple of months ago
Helgo gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
87
Price
85
Presentation
86
Es ist noch Suppe da
FineSpirits_butler1 Tasting note
a couple of months ago
FineSpirits_butler1 gave this whisky 81 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Playmobil felt-tip pen (to color the tigers), salt, smoke, caraway bread, some red apple peel, spicy honey, moist wood, grapefruit peel, rose water, later maybe some violet oil, 'modern' Bowmore, maybe some hints of sulphur

Taste

spicy, hints of grapefruit peel, apples, smoke, tart wood, sweetness from fruits

Finish

medium long with 'Bowmore-smoke' which is getting sweeter with time, some plums and hints of chocolate, some raisins and little salty

Comments

I have to admit:

 Having tasted a 21 yo Bowmore from the 90s, nothing I tasted from Bowmore could ever come close ... If you go with the 12 yo or the 12 yo Enigma, you save some money for almost the same quality.
FineSpirits_butler1 Review note
a couple of months ago
FineSpirits_butler1 gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81
Nose
80
Initial taste
80
Body
81
Finish
83
Price
80
Presentation
77
Kantenmechaniker Tasting note
a couple of months ago
Kantenmechaniker gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Volle Sherryladung, leichter Rauch, süße Zitrusfrüchte, ein Hauch Toffee,

Taste

Der Rauch hält sich auch hier im Hintergrund, beginned fruchtig, vermehrt trockener werdend

Finish

Angenehm lange, die Fruchtnote geht immer meht in Richtung Traubenschale, der Rauch verzieht sich immer mehr

Comments

Reiht sich angenehm in die Reihe der probierten Standards von Bowmore ein.

zinaf Tasting note
less than a year ago
zinaf gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Sweet and fragrant, almost perfumed, on gentle flowers such as wild violets and fresh lavender. It is ever so gentle and pleasant. In the background I find gentle smoke and dash of brine. All this is reminiscent to smoked herring by the sea shore. I also find some light vanilla sweetness.

Taste

Honeyed arrival, followed by exploding spiciness in the middle and towards the back - cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg.
The body feels a bit thin, but at the same time has a creamy texture and clinging well to the palate.
The whole feels very complex with all the aromas and flavours well integrated without one being predominating.

Finish

long lingering, and perhaps the high point of this Bowmore. sweetness is followed by pepper onto nice cedar wood (like licking cigar humidor).

Comments

It is a demanding dram. develops with time and requires full attention to pin down the components in the palate. Far from disappointing, I would have liked the palate to be a bit more revealing.
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Overall rating All versions
234 member votes
83.99
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
83.23
Nose - Aroma
84.30
Initial taste
82.40
Body
82.80
Finish
81.90
Price
85.60
Presentation
83.90
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