Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Calculated age
16 years old
4 Sherry Butts
53.2 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2017 5:19 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 133.60

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bw7 ElD

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.68 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    an intense dram for me with a very nice peat-sherry combination:
    a nectar this nose with symbiosis peat salty, sherry on red and black fruits (raisin, morello cherry, cooked apricot, orange and its zest), caramel too and strong enough wood that stands out.
    the impression raised by the pronounced spices, the wood, a little leather too, encaustic and macerated fruits that come back intense, salt at the end.
    final a little too short compared to the nose, on the same scents.

    2nd return with this well sherry-peat combination well salty and fruity well amplified by spices.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    A full-on sherried Bowmore edition, matured in 4 sherry butts from 2001. Dark forest fruits, chocolate and citrus all fight for attention in this Bw7 release.

    Cask details;
    2001 vintage matured in 4 sherry butts.

    Tasting Notes;

    An initial hit of guava and kiwi fruit is joined by Arbroath smokies. Dried mango follows, with sultanas and raisins intertwined with lightly aromatic smoke.

    Dense and creamy with background notes of seaside rock pools and beach bonfires. Toffee and salted caramel sit on top of layers of mango and blood orange.

    Long and juicy with soft hints of woodsmoke and citrus.

  3. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Elements of Islay BW7 is a tasty sherry-forward whisky. The peating is fairly light on this one – certainly lighter than some of the other BW releases I’ve tasted in the past. The sherry however is the quite the opposite, and sweetness is pronounced throughout the experience. This is by no means a bad thing – especially if your mainstay style is sweet meets peat. However, I find it a bit of a blunt instrument in places - the saccharine starting to mask some of the more nuances aspects of the Bowmore spirit.Long, sherry and the sea – chocolate and raisins, citrus and salt. Sweetness returns through the finish – as if everything has been sugar-dipped.

    • Nose
      Opening with some obvious sherry influence – raisin, chocolate and toffee – this then expresses both the sea and the land. Smoked fish, salty minerality, rock pools and very light dusty/cloudy peat smoke are joined by wet soils, water-logged tree stumps and walnuts. Running throughout are some pronounced tropical fruit aromas – mango, and papaya. The addition of water brings out some underlying breadiness, with doughs and buns, as well as adding a hearty sprinkle of caster sugar across the top of everything.
    • Taste
      Quite syrupy with some really good weight. Again, we start with the sherry-led flavours – Toffee, chocolate, reduced berry fruit, oranges and tobacco. Then comes the peat – much more concentrated then on the nose – somewhat inland with a burning logfire, then coastal with tinges of brine and surface cleaner. Minerality remains high – licks of salinity, rock pools, beach pebbles and wet slate. Water (of which only a few drops are required – this drowns fairly easily) helps express malts and nuts as well as transforming the smoke from wispy vapour clouds into dusty crystalline chalk – this presents a slight texture change also.
    • Finish
      Long, sherry and the sea – chocolate and raisins, citrus and salt. Sweetness returns through the finish – as if everything has been sugar-dipped.

  4. diamond2000 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: delicate, smoked dried fruits, prunes, currant jam, peeled walnuts, distinctly old oak (oak furniture), fresh salty-sea and menthol notes. Further, less intense hints of ash, minerals, pickled apple, drying plaster appear; the main theme here is sherry and berry motifs with a slight phenolity.

    Taste: rich and at the same time smooth, a lot of spices, cinnamon, cloves, zest, dark raisins, burnt berry jam, caramel, dark chocolate, sugarless espresso, light smoked products, minerals, pleasant tannic oak, needles.

    Finish: medium length, not very intense, continues to taste - prunes, raisins, dark berries and astringent peel from them, oak, all this is well smoked; engine oil appears as a hint, smoked meat and smoke are more palpable than in taste.

    Rating: 91

    Bottom line: a very successful release came out, sherry barrels complement well the light phenol of Boumo. Comprehensive, tasty, powerful berry-oak dessert with a smoke!

  5. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A bowmore very good and well done. Recommended
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nose well oily, fat, reminiscent of smoked salmon, motor oil, iodine. The sherry is present (hazelnut, praline, a little Paris Brest). Very interesting.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouth quite oily, not too sweet, with fish oil, ashes, caramel, hazelnut and mocha. Some medicinal plants. Well done.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Final on ashes, herbs, peat, and a little green hazelnut. A bit below the rest.

  6. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I can't believe I used to dislike Bowmore...
    • Nose
      Deep and rich. Red fruit (cherries, ripe strawberry) blends with subtle smoke, dark honey, a touch of toasty oak, and vegetal peat.
    • Taste
      Sweet, dry, fruity, and smoky. Rich on the palate, with subtle smoke, dark honey, and nice balancing spice.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, fruity, moderately sweet, with a nice undertone of subtle smoke.

  7. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Dark amber color, apparently dense and oily. A great whisky, a meditation malt, to be sipped slowly on a cold winter night in front of the crackling fireplace. Excellent both straight and with water. If we really want to find a fault, perhaps there is too much coherence between the olfactory and gustatory sensations, I like it when the whisky, passing from nose to mouth, surprises you with some changes and in this case this surprise is missing.
    • Nose
      The nose perceives a light mineral peat, sherry, red fruit, dried figs, raisins, tobacco, cocoa powder, zero alcohol. With two drops of water it softens, the peat is softened and the whisky becomes sweeter and creamier, trifle, an imperceptible note of powdered sugar and a balsamic suggestion (field mint), a little wood also emerges.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the body is dry and slightly tannic, now the alcohol is felt all right, the taste is very consistent with the smell: mineral peat, red fruit, cocoa, tobacco. With water, alcohol is more bearable and the taste less tannic, compared to the nose a little more peat and a light balsamic note, still tobacco and cocoa emerge.
    • Finish
      Medium-lasting finish, consistent with the nose and palate (tobacco, cocoa, red fruit, etc.).

  10. coldsun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant, consistent and bright whisky. This drink is strong and complex at the same time. Probably its price is the only disadvantage :) but it is not related to tasting notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nose mixes phenolic viny notes (something like madera vine), spices and Bowmore-like notes of paint, acetone, pencils and new wood, bold caramel and plum.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In tasting notes of sherry vine, roasted barley, sweet barley malt, elegant peaty smoke, new wood and toffee advance.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very smooth and stable. Continues notes of taste (sherry notes in particular) adding hints of sweet spices and warming pepper cut.


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