Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.59/100
votes
406
Whiskybase ID
WB100739
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Vintner's Trilogy - Manzanilla Cask
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Manzanilla Cask
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010496004708
Added on
11 sep 2017 4:16 pm by maltaholic
Uncolored

Average value

€ 751.28

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

75 users have left 87 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.59 points.

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Peppery and dry, sweet and tart, not my jam, yet still tasty.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and clean peat greet the nostrils ,orange and chocolate, a savory note of herbs and mushrooms
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dry, the peat saps the moisture, salinity, then again a unctuousness, the sweetness is matched with tart (rhubarb), a warm spice
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peppery, sweet and dry

  2. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Yquem79 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Great aroma ... unexpected but damn good.

  7. Islay1815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      bonfire, peat, laurel, Ricola herbal pastille, liquorice, anice, ripe apples, citrus, meaty, maritime.
    • Taste
      89 89
      peat, medicinal, spicy, intense, oily, mineral, choclate
    • Finish
      87 87
      oily, wood driven, black fruits and coffee

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I actually like this Bowmore quite well and reminds me a lot of the "new" 18 year old "deep & complex", which is however much cheaper. A nice, balanced mix of wine barrel notes and smoke.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intensive dark fruits paired with increasing campfire smoke right from the start. Vanilla and roasted aromas appear. Suddenly a clearly grassy note with malt and later peach.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet smoke begins, then there are bright fruits and later spices. Alcohol well integrated. Bitterness is slowly emerging.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lots of espresso and oak, plus vanilla and smoke in the rather long finish.

  11. Furosin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      fruity, pepper, caramel, mango, vanilla, raspberry, banana, citrus, smoke, honey, spicy with some slightly acidic notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      fruity, pepper, caramel, mango, vanilla, raspberry, banana, citrus, smoke, honey, spicy with some slightly acidic notes.
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length, chocolate, smoke, nut, slightly bitter

  12. AnnEm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: pastries, light fruity, aromatic and juicy, smoked bacon.

    Mouth: intense onset, voluminous, peaty-earthy, apple-like, salty-iodine, sea notes.

    Finish: great velvety mouthfeel, the whole mouth is filled, on this creamy-malty basis I can enjoy the Manzanilla notes very much (I didn't like the sour-salty character of the Manzanilla by itself, I almost couldn't drink it, but here I am these notes beautifully carried by the malt).

    Conclusion: creamy-aromatic tongue flatterer, I like it very much.

  13. valery77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Delicate, even somewhat slender, which is surprising for such a fortress. Light haze and peat, damp earth, red apple, light sea notes, smoked meats, gouache, raw wood. 22
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately sweet. Black pepper and other spices, fresh fruits, ash, cream caramel, fruit candies, wood tannins, cigar smoke. 22
    • Finish
      Long, smoothly fading, slightly astringent, phenolic motifs and wood tannins are present, a note of menthol is added at the end. 22
      Smooth, tasty, calm isle of whisky. Balance 23
      Total 89

  14. malthead-1984 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice but special
    • Nose
      A full and harmonious first impression. Earthy smoke, lots of herbal notes, heather and tart oak
    • Taste
      Quite a delicate start, but then builds up nicely. Some pepper, strong herbs again, a light honey sweetness, maybe acacia. The smoke hovers dry over everything and the strong wood aromas are the end. No bitter substances
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish carried by earthy smoke. Wood and very dry.

  15. Copshop68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very full, very nicely balanced bowmore, super tasty.
    • Nose
      Cold campfire, parma ham, lavender, herb honey, thyme, rye bread
    • Taste
      Nice chocolate, around 65% cocoa, a hint of iodine, pumpernickel, red grapefruit, grapes, currants, incense sticks, walnut, ash, dark malt, cereals, bitter orange
    • Finish
      Bitter orange, grapefruit peel and malt, some salt and ash, long

  24. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Phenolisch, sweet with sour, vinous notes, very soft smoke, little wood influence.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Bitter - sweet, salty, peppery, very delicate smoky. Light, hard-to-control fruit. Very mature.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Bitter - sweet. Minimal smokiness. Salty, delicate wood notes.

  28. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Bowmore with good balance, always alternating between sweet-sour-fine bitter - yummy
    • Nose
      89 89
      soft sweet smoke, lemon, grapefruit, raspberries, blackberries, red grapes, nutmeg, ginger, mint, thyme, stinging nettles, mineral - after a while dark cocoa, the raspberries become more intense, walnut, dark caramel - no alcohol felt
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, soft Bowmore smoke, lots of dark chocolate, grapefruit, walnut oil, green shell of walnuts, ginger, nutmeg, mint, thyme, dull dried nettles, in the background again the raspberry-red-grape mix, beautiful balance, the dark Chocolate and walnut oil are increasingly coming to the fore, vanilla, caramel
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium; dark chocolate, soft smoke, walnut oil, grapefruit, mint, mineral, hints of violets and thyme, sweetish, grape seeds ...

  30. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nicole Ehlen, Marketing Director Western Europe at Beam Suntory Germany, comments:

    "For Bowmore, the whiskys of the Vintner's Trilogy embody the philosophy of" Bowmore's hidden treasures ": 1 Vaults are similar to a treasure chest. We are proud to launch such a series of premium collectable whiskys with ages. Each of these single malts is unique. What unites them is the meaning and versatility of their maturation process. They reaffirm that Bowmore is one of the world's leading and highest quality single malts. "

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Palomino

    The Bowmore Vinter’s Trilogy is – as the name suggest – a trilogy of Bowmore with a link to wine. The three releases are the Bowmore 18 Manzanilla cask (sitting in front of me right now), the Bowmore 26 French Oak Barrique (wine cask) and the Bowmore 27 Port Cask. This 18 years old spent its first 13 years in former bourbon barrels and then was finished for another 5 years on manzanilla sherry casks. Manzanilla is the ‘lady of sherry’, a dry white wine from the Palomino grape and matured under the so-called flor.

    The nose is round and grand, very aromatic. There is a lot going on here. It begins with vanilla and oranges (including candied peel with sugar on the edge), followed by baby breath (you know, the kids burps in your face right after his fruit porridge) and toffee apples. At the same time I get a ham on the barbecue with a layer of honey. Light brown sugar and nutmeg. This is very, very inviting.

    The taste starts bittersweet with lots of spices. Think nutmeg, but also white pepper and even some caramelized ginger. Then the fruit hits you. All kinds of berries, nuts and apricots. Mango and a hint of almond paste. Towards the end there is also a salty note, which does not come as a surprise, but it pleasant indeed. From the second sip forward, it becomes a tad drying.

    The finish is awesome: medium long and drying with both sweet and salty at the death.

    Lovely Bowmore, but unfortunately hard to come by and quite expensive for an 18 years old.

  32. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. Rom scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose of dry white wine unmistakable, with peat and spray in the background.
    The texture is quite thick with a rather sweet attack and mid-palate on the caramel.
    Long finish on blackcurrant bud with slight bitterness. Salt takes over and ends up being well pronounced.
    At the same time dry and greedy!

  34. Rom scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose of dry white wine unmistakable, with peat and spray in the background.
    The texture is quite thick with a rather sweet attack and mid-palate on the caramel.
    Long finish on blackcurrant bud with slight bitterness. Salt takes over and ends up being well pronounced.
    At the same time dry and greedy!

  35. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good malt but I expected more to be honest. It’s quite complex on the nose, pleasant on its palate but something crucial is missing to admit it to be more than simply “good”. Quite hard to find now - seems like it’s becoming a collector’s bottling.
    • Nose
      Rather dry with light smoke, dark fruits (plums, figs), brown sugar, dark berries, orange peel, vanilla, maritime notes (kelp). Water opens up creamy and honey notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet, rather smoky, quite spicy (white pepper and ginger), ashes, light oaky bitterness, lemon zest, salty sea notes (oysters?), nuts
    • Finish
      Rather long, getting dry fast, quite oaky, a bit sweet. Dried herbs, light minerality.

  36. 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. But please!? ... why is it so expensive!?
    • Nose
      Earthy ashy sweetness obscured with 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.

  37. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A top malt that is slightly ahead in comparison to the regular 18-year-old;
    • Nose
      spicy oak, woody notes, light smoke, fruit, orange zest, slightly bitter, caramel;
    • Taste
      powerful enormously powerful start, voluminous, oak, pepper, ginger, dry sherry, cocoa, gentle smoke, mouth-filling, complex;
    • Finish
      long finish; crackling spicy finish;

  38. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Ashes, pepper, syrup and subtle peat.
    • Taste
      Pepper, smoke, vanilla, some (bbq) meaty notes, blackberries and exotic fruits.
    • Finish
      Ashes, coals fire and orange.

  39. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. 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

  42. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      First sauerkraut. Cranberry, peat, malt.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cranberry, peat, pepper, wine gum and cookie.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cranberry, peat, mashmallow, wine gum and vanilla cookie. Typical Bowmore in the finish.

  45. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    beautiful barrel aging!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
      86
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    At a tasting.

  48. SilvanoS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This is a nice cask driven Bowmore.
    • Nose
      The nose is very fresh and maritime. In fact like a good phenolic manzanilla. I get fresh white fruits, maybe some ananas, elegant peat, cardboard and something mentholated.
    • Taste
      The taste is coherent to the nose but somehow sweeter. It changes between sweet and dry notes.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, fresh with some peat smoke and sweetnes from grapes.

  49. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  50. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  52. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like the nose on this, there is the peaty side but also more depth, almost dirty, more like some Laphy to be honest.
    The palate is really tasty, quite sweet with fruit gums and peat with hints of dark honey.
    The finish is long and lingering with hints of kipper juice.

    This one really surprised me, usually I think Bowmore OB are Mundane but this is really good stuff,

  53. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Together with Peter.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  54. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, salt, smoke, fruits on spices and peach!
    On the palate, salt, dry leather, a little wet wood, moist earth and soggy smoke, then a pastry return, with caramel and chocolate, fine spices, fruits of course citrus and peach (white).
    In the final, shower smoked salt, fruity scent on citrus fruits a little candied.
    A dram that has me bluffed, seduced, where alcohol does not bother at all!

  55. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good mellow, the aroma is somewhat empty and linear, but the taste / finish is so juicy and thick that you do not notice it any more - it's pinched, velvety, very harmonious and smooth, it's even hard to say something about the barrel, there are no bright features, everything merged into one.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, peat, light and delicate smoke, sweet raisin notes, roasted nuts, new leather goods.
    • Taste
      Thick, soft, syrupy sweetness and smoke-peaty notes, dry herbs, mixture shades, ash, a little pepper.
    • Finish
      Soft, smoke-peat, lemon confiture, nuts, cappuccino, light sulfuric-metallic shades, smoked products, citrus notes appear in the development.

  56. asmazda scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I think LDB's tasting notes and comments are spot on, but I give it a higher score.  Maybe I'm too forgiving because I really like the Bowmore profile.

  57. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  59. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Phil said: “...one of the Best!”

    https://youtu.be/Lk32kJxgAlk

    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."

    REVIEWED BY JACOB GRIER

  60. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/bowmore/bowmore-vintners-trilogy-18-years-manzanilla/

    Nose: berry sweetness and caramelized red apples. Candied orange peel. Blood oranges. Vanilla. Then some honey glazed roasted ham and embering smoke, as well as some mossy notes. Rock candy sugar. Nutmeg too. A lot of different aromas but it works nicely and is quite rounded. Mouth: quite sweet at first, with medium smoke. Pepper and ginger. Blackberries, smoked almonds. Great mango notes in the middle. Herbal, very light salty notes toward the end. Finish: medium long, with hints of milk chocolate.

    Is this the best example of a Manzanilla finish? Not at all, I find little of the bone-dry, mineral and savoury character here. This is sweet and winey in a dessert wine style, the exact opposite of Manzanilla. However as a whisky on its own, I think this is rather excellent. Sweet and smoky, fairly complex and nicely balanced: recommended.

  61. 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.

  62. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy 18 year old is a fascinating whisky. It manages to maintain high sweetness, whilst delivering some excellent mineral, umami and vegetal notes from its 5 year manzanilla finish. There’s high complexity here, but also balance too – despite the broad aroma and flavour palette, everything feels rounded, well composed and in-step. A modern-style Bowmore and one that’s easy to recommend.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bowmore/bowmore-vintners-trilogy-18-year-old/
    • Nose
      Bright juicy berries – raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blackcurrants – all sugar-dusted and rather sweet. Fruitiness gives way to bold coastal aromas – smouldering ashy peat and sharp minerality – granite, salty rock pools and sea shells. Underlying there is a wealth of additional fragrance – meatiness from reduced ham stock – vanilla pods and vegetation – mosses and lichen. A few drops of water heightens the fruit levels further with oranges, apples and apricots. Quite complex, but everything fits together rather nicely.
    • Taste
      A slightly oily mouthfeel that is coating and initially delivers high-impact sweetness – candied fruits and gummi-sweets (berries, apples and oranges). Smokiness is fairly pronounced and takes several forms - charred meats, chalky ash and embers, licks of iodine and a slightly chemical-tinged char. Vegetation and spicing follows next – moss, nettles, shredded lettuce all heavily seasoned with black pepper. The addition of water is quite the revelation, taking an already excellent whisky and adding syrupy peaches and apricots, as well as even further reinforcement of both minerality and salinity.
    • Finish
      Quite long, quite drying and delivering ash-dusted cocoa beans.

  63. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  64. 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

  65. 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.

  66. malthead-sven scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I like his nose very well and really shows many facets, the departure you have to like because of bitter notes, I like it. The double maturation is really successful here.
    • Nose
      first the typical Bowmore lavender, minty and then sweet, smoked peaches, jaffa cake, honeydew melon and ham rolls, a musty note, linoleum, artificial leather, light marzipan chunks, stinging nettles, later some car tires, diluted orange Bowls and summer fruits
    • Taste
      feels a bit prickly in the mouth, again peach, smoky, salty and mineral, toothpaste
    • Finish
      a single herb garden, thyme, some tar, subtly sweet, dry, and medium-long with delicate camp fire smoke

  67. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  68. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/bowmore/bowmore-vintners-trilogy-18-years-manzanilla/

    Nose: berry sweetness and caramelized red apples. Candied orange peel. Blood oranges. Vanilla. Then some honey glazed roasted ham and embering smoke, as well as some mossy notes. Rock candy sugar. Nutmeg too. A lot of different aromas but it works nicely and is quite rounded. 

    Mouth: quite sweet at first, with medium smoke. Pepper and ginger. Blackberries, smoked almonds. Great mango notes in the middle. Herbal, very light salty notes toward the end. 

    Finish: medium long, with hints of milk chocolate.Is this the best example of a Manzanilla finish? Not at all, I find little of the bone-dry, mineral and savoury character here. This is sweet and winey in a dessert wine style, the exact opposite of Manzanilla. However as a whisky on its own, I think this is rather excellent. Sweet and smoky, fairly complex and very nicely balanced: recommended. 

  69. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The bottle is well below 50% now and i have to say it improved. At first, the peat and the winey influence seemed to be at war with each other but it got more harmonius after a few months. Maybe this should be kept closed for a few years before opening?

    Also i don't find it too expensive considering today's market, this is cheaper than most indie bottlings of Bowmore at this age.
    • Nose
      Quite an intense olive oil note at first. Then strong notes of various candied fruit. Some lemon mixed with a mineralic smell. Slightly herbal, slightly mossy. Very talkative nose. Hints of white wine/grape juice and some salt.
    • Taste
      Herbal arrival with more candied fruit notes. I always add some water to reduce the very present winey notes. Now some may like it, but for me the winey stuff makes this Whisky a little unharmonious. Moving on: Gets very salty in the development with a good hint of moss. Very intense Whisky with more peat than i would have expected at this age.
    • Finish
      Reasonably long. More winey sweetness mixed with some salt and something pleasantly chemical. Drying, mineralic after taste.

  70. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another really good, well made Bowmore. However nothing extraordinary (again). I´m still waiting for that one (modern) Bowmore to blow my mind. This was not it.
    • Nose
      Honey glazed ham roasted next to bonfire at the sea. Salty and sweat at the same time. Raspberry jelly. Ripe blood oranges spiked with cloves. Underlined by a slightly peppery touch. 
    • Taste
      Spicy, burned oak. Gummi bears. Mushed grapes. Salty, a little sulphury, sour. Then the alcohol cathing up. Could use some drops of water. 

      However a little shallow. I´m missing some character, some more deepness here.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, mature finish. The bonfire slowly coming to an end.  Slightly bitter.

  71. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    beautiful multi-layered Bowmore that needs 3 drops of water to show its quality
    • Nose
      Baked apple, medium-strong smoke, bitter orange, salted peanuts, a little fleshiness, lots of sweetness, a strong sniff in a candy jar
    • Taste
      sweet, grape seeds, wet moss and slightly phenolic - very mouth-filling, prickles on the tongue
    • Finish
      long, smoky, earthy, sweet

  72. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  73. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  74. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  75. 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.

  76. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nose: aromatic smoke and "dirty" sweetness, greasy, slightly alcoholic and some menthol, dates, salt-almonds, caramel, some oak flavor (so towards nutmeg) and subtle old wood. The smoke screams Bowmore but the rest is more reminiscent of a sherry-fas-stored Bunna. Taste: huih warm and tingling, camp fire smoke, mouth-filling sweetness (wild berries), a pinch of salt, earthy. The finish is dominated by the smoke and a now quite dry sweetness of the wine. The oak is quite discreet (young or just finish or both?) Conclusion: delicious drops in which I do me hard if I should love him now or he is just good. Certainly not a bad buy but not a must-have.
    Notes from a blind tasting!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  77. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Finally another great Bowmore at an affordable price, with little different flavors.
    • Nose
      Grapefruit, creamy vanilla, waxy aplle peel, peach, salt, mint and peat.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Salted minerals. Peat, blood orange, cocoa, pepper, mint and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, ashy.

  78. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    great nose, the palate can not quite keep up. The wine barrel is present through saltiness and dry fruit, but never displaces the Bowmore. Well done! Better leave out water.
    • Nose
      Pure: immediately sweet, caramel, buttery and slightly salty. The smoke is very nice restrained involved. Pickled apricot and blood orange. pretty complex and very fruity. With water: go more in the direction of bourbon barrel, vanilla, honey, then later again the fully ripe fruit. Pur better.
    • Taste
      Pure: orange syrup at the beginning, slightly bitter jam, salty pepper note, still has quite a vapor for his age. Then kräutriger, soups spices, the sweetness but stops. With water: a bit tart and dry, less fruit, even better.
    • Finish
      long and slightly smoky, dry and salty.

  79. Numwierum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore is back! For a long time again a very successful OA-bottling at a still reasonable price.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  80. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    the nose was extremley promising but the first sip was kind of a disappointment. salty and bitter was my first impression. the sweetness and fruits I expected were not really there, if so just hints of it. This one should be tasted again
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  81. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I like it. Somehow almost everything fits together. Beautiful and varied game of flavors, the Bowmore is not completely superimposed despite the Nachreifung. Priced it could be good for my taste and like to cost 20-30 euros less, but the price is currently quite fair considering the market situation. Independently of that, there are some good bowmores (not the excellent ones), which are quite payable and break out of the standard barrel series.
    • Nose
      Sweetish smoke, very fruity and pleasing. No smoke monster, it is more likely to go in the direction of a funfair, where sweetened and chocolate-coated fruits are offered. Vanilla, honey and oranges, plus a few tropical fruits and grapes. Interesting interplay of flavors through the ages. The smoke retreats, the sweetish aromas become stronger. Something spicy and bitter oak joins, which remains pleasant in the background. Overall, a really nice nose, which offers many facets. No mistakes.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly strong onset, immediately the fruity-sweet smoke from the nose is present and absorbs the entire oral cavity. Here, too, beautiful fruit notes of sweet grapes, the bourbon barrels are still represented by honey and toffee notes. Interesting associates are opening up, from burnt fruit to sugared almonds. Very balanced and pleasant, almost tasty.
    • Finish
      Medium long, pleasantly warm without being too strong. Slightly dry, spicy, smoky and slightly earthy. The sweet notes at the end only to guess, but now a slightly salty note.

  82. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  83. 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.

  84. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Gentle smoke, bitter citrus fruits, yes, from me oranges. Reformed kumquats. Also cowshed notes.

    Mouth: Quite round and pleasing, but no distinguishing feature that strikes me. The 18y one notices, he is gentle.

    Finish: Almost like bad almonds. Again fermented oranges. Medium. Better than in the mouth. No typical Bowmore, little Maritimes. The price-performance ratio is unfortunately not even, even if he has an AS of 18y. Since I almost tasted the No1 Vault Edition even better. In the mouth he is weak.

    85/100

  85. 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

  86. 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.

  87. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bowmore 18 Year Old Manzanilla Cask has been aged in ex-Bourbon barrels for 13 years before finished in ex-manzanilla Sherry casks for a further five years.

    The release, which is bottled at 52.5% abv, is said to contain notes of blackcurrants, fudge and Seville oranges with a ‘burst of peat smoke’.

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