Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Vintner's Trilogy - Manzanilla Cask
Stated Age
18 years old
Manzanilla Cask
52.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 Sep 2017 4:16 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 504.43

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

85 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  Bowmore had really awful years during the eighties but it came back greatly after that (not to mention the fifties/sixties when Bowmore produced some of the greatest drams on earth).  So I am very curious about this new release...

    Another nice (modern style) Bowmore release that has one flaw only:  it is way too pricey (from my perspective 70-80 Euro are appropriate)!

    [April, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review. A nice dram to sip but it does not rock the modern whisky world.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the texture shows many small tears that sowly consolidate and stick to the top of the glass (a great oiliness). The nose offers an extremely winey driven but typical (modern) Bowmore profile with vanilla, maritime, peaty and fruity aromas. Not very impressive but interesting to explore. Some drops of water help to reduce the dominant wine aromas. I like it!
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is complex too, basically on the same flavours as is the nose. It is chewable and more balanced as the winey flavours are no longer dominant. Water releases more bitter flavours from the wine soaked woods what often happens with first fill wine cask maturations. I like the neat dram better.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives a little hot but nicely coating (remember the great oiliness?) on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds delicious milk chocolatey flavours to the mix without any bitter or astringent moments.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An 18-year-old Bowmore with over 50%, plus a maturation in Manzanilla barrels - there can hardly go wrong. The nose is just fantastic, even on the palate he can do a lot. The finish should have been a bit longer, but that's just a small thing. He's really fun.
    • Nose
      Sweet and mild smoke escapes from the glass, caresses the nose. The alcohol is wonderfully involved, because nothing bites or tickles. Red, ripe grapes and a compote of wild berries form the basis of the aromas, on which milk chocolate, toffee sweets, vanilla and honey gradually emerge. Over time, it becomes spicy (black pepper, nutmeg) and fine dry, but the fruit content does not disappear, but only retreats into the background.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly warming, fruity smoke lays on the tongue. Although the alcohol is also very well integrated on the tongue, it is anything but tame at the beginning. Immediately present are the grapes from the nose, now slightly fermented, on top of a mild smoky note, which has a refreshing menthol. Meadow herbs provide a pleasant spice, which is nicely complemented by pepper, salt and nutmeg again. You might even suspect a little violet water ... After some time, the 18 years in the barrel, it is woody, leathery, loamy; At the same time, however, a grape sweetness remains on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, slightly smoky, salty, grape must.

  3. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Pink grapefruit, red apples, strong whiffs of seabreeze, wet beach pebbles, green tea leaves, mint, cough medicine, and something that reminds me of a luxury handsoap. The peat is there, but it sings in the background. It sets the mood, so to speak. Taste: Dense arrival. Salty, bone dry and mineral. Develops into cough medicine and After Eight mint chocolate. More peaty than on the nose.  With a few drops of water, some floral and sweeter wine (riesling?) notes come out. The finish is quite long, with more peat and earthy notes. This is tasty stuff! Definetly no sherry monster but a great take on manzanilla maturation for sure. I like where Bowmore is going with this one. Totally different compared to the Devils Cask series. The nose is a bit closed at first, but after a few minutes this baby delivers well.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It is special but not with so much aha effect that you have to have it. A tightrope walk between enthusiasm and disillusionment. Very difficult number. It is clearly easier to judge with water.
    • Nose
      Earthy, ashy sweetness obscured by smoke. Delicate caramel note with orange vanilla. Very appealing. Wow.
    • Taste
      He starts warm and peppery in the smoke of the campfire. Salty minerals in chocolate berries with a powerful mouthfulness. This really is a top-of-the-range Bowmore! Good barrel craft. Respect.
    • Finish
      Medium to long but drying and very restrained. The smoke remains and the rest of the way goes quite quickly in advance.
      It's a shame that he didn't hold out.

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Strange part. Let me put it this way: The smell after dilution in three times as full and strong and juicy, in addition to the bright side of the taste with EVERY sip, maybe even more intense (fruit / mineral), slightly less spicy, a little more Bowmore smoke BEFORE leaving, and that could be the € 120 shredder claimed by the price tag. But it's more like a freak.
    • Nose
      Pure: very restrained (the 15 standard before, however, was the purest fruity Nasenfasching), sweet-woody, smoke almost not not recognizable, if I inhale too violently -> sharp-woody-bitter, could also be any third-series Speysider UA be in CS from the exhausted Hogshead; a few drops of water bring the smoke into the smelly area, along with cool citrus fruit, grapefruit, pomelo, weeds, wet clay, quite pleasant, but also more restrained, between juicy, watery and dry
    • Taste
      Strange - one sip is light, citrus-woody, white chocolate, mineral, grapefruit, the next dark - more towards raisins, milk chocolate, then cocoa, bitter-smoky, the next sip again bright, etc.
      I like the light side better (both are pretty spicy despite thinning), but I can not really hold on to them, it's like drinking two whiskys in turn.
    • Finish
      long, hot, spicy, depending on the phase grapefruit or cocoa; Here I am for the first time sure to have a Bowmore in the glass at all, the smoke is typical

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A typical Bowmore with an extremely great PLV, which was not killed by the maturation.
    • Nose
      Sweet and burnt raspberry shrimp, incredibly intertwined in the nose, there is actually no alcohol, raspberry-ahoi effervescent powder, candied strawberries, very mineral, oranges are always clear to the end
    • Taste
      Also here again lightly burnt earth and raspberry notes, the smoke is also restrained, saltiness
    • Finish
      Here, the smoke is immediately present and the dark fruits remain something, nice and warm, slightly dry

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Simply beautiful, great PLV, everything fits.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Starts very nutty, almonds, marzipan, creamy, vanilla, great integrated smoke, it contributes to the overall impression, but it does not determine, overall quite dry, some wood that brings with it, and behind it stands out a sourish fruit note, lemon mint, mint , Orangeat, Christstollen, also lighter fruit notes, a hint of iodine, dominant is this fresh and nutty marzipan, after the first sip of chocolate, whole milk, here is my Lumumba comparison again
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, creamy and oily, for chewing, raisins, plum essence, here surprisingly sweet by the dry fruit, nut, milk chocolate, nice intense, not at all spicy, a hint of cinnamon, and yes even a small violet looks over, the smoke you have to The other intense flavors really consciously show, but then he is there, dry and slightly ashy, great
    • Finish
      90 90
      what a creamy mouthfeel, above all is now a sweet raisin juice film, almost as if there were PX in the game, then also grape skin, little smoke, only slightly on the palate, but then but the longest lasting

  8. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Phil said: “...one of the Best!”


    Score:  9 out of 10

    +++++++++++Consider:   It needs water !+++++++++++++

    93 from Distillers 

    https://distiller.com/spirits/bowmore-18-year-double-matured-manzanillaTASTING NOTES

    "This is an intensely flavorful dram from Bowmore. It's rich and peaty, with just a little bit of treacle and hazelnut, and a very pleasing maritime saltiness. Have no fear that the sherry casks will overwhelm the whisky; it offers the peat smoke Bowmore's fans have come to expect, and at a satisfyingly high proof. Islay drinkers won't want to pass this it up."


  9. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      hm, restrained start, first soft smoke and honey. Somewhat slightly musty in the background like wet moss, zero alcohol, grapefruit, raspberries, like raspberry powder, slightly artificial, a perfume-like note towards lilac, milk chocolate, wild berries, orange oil, later some gum, some bacon, but all very discreet, needs it it's patience and hand warmth.
    • Taste
      Warming, stronger onset, it has already a few turns !, An interplay between sweet, slightly bitter and spicy, subtle camp fire smoke warming, spicy, with pepper, honey, smoke and nutmeg, slightly dry. black pepper, honey cocoa and again grapefruit, also lemons and oranges, salty, maritime, mineer in between are again forest berries, and again this perfume note.

  10. LDB scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    If you are looking for a somewhat "rough" Bowmore you will find it here. As much as I like Bowmore in general, and also Manzanilla finishes (a good example is the recent Tobermory 12yo), the number of flavours in this Bowmore is scarce, and I think it is unbalanced, the alcohol is not well integrated, and the price  too high. Sorry, but I cannot understand the high ratings here.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Subtle smoke, the 52.5% already tickle in the nose, there is a phenolic undertone (cleanser with apricot flavor?), a little burnt bacon from the charcoal grill.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Initially relatively rounded and even slightly fruity, BBQed oranges, then it quickly becomes dry and bitter.
      Tastes like Bowmore, but is harsher than other Bowmores due to the alcoholic nip.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Salty-astringent, without any really distinctive note.
      With water it loses even more coherence and dryness and bitterness increase.


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