Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Summer on Islay
Stated Age
18 years old
2nd Fill Toasted Ex-Hogshead
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 feb 2018 10:54 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.00

5 × in wishlist

20 × member ratings

27 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1999 SMWS 3.306

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The weather forecast is minus 5 degrees for tonight. Excellent timing for an Islay dram.
    • Nose
      89 89
      After adding more than a few drops of water, an explosion of flavors. Campfire some, maritime notes, burned bacon. But in addition fresh notes as well.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The initial flavors are too much for me. This can handle quite some water to get tamed. Very strong and warm arrival. Peat, bacon, sweetness and surprising fresh minty flavors.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish. Peat, bacon and tobacco. Minty notes remain longest. Great finish!

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  3. herby.usa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Soft smoke on the nose (distant campfires, scented candles), orange fudge and hints of mango and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thin and not sticky. The body is marked by sultanas, burnt heather and tobacco. In the finish the smoke is more intense than expected - campfire and sultanas.

    With water, a thin head of foam appears, which quickly turns into a short mottling. The nose gains in mango and honeycomb - I wonder how that would taste with Maltesers? The body gains in mango, orange fudge and more sultanas - but that big, dry campfire smoke is still the dominant flavor. (And not in a bad way!) The finish is more smoky, with mango joining the sultanas.

    What an unexpected dram. A strange combination of flavors but absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended. A whisky for every occasion, provided you like to share it with friends...

    Original: https://www.philipstory.net/review/3306-summer-islay
    • Nose
      Toffee, Honey Sweetness/ Muscovado Sugar, Citrus, Sea Breeze
    • Taste
      Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Leather (old), Orange
      Saltiness alternating with sweetness (honey, brown sugar)
      orange, citrus
      Smokiness with coffee grounds
    • Finish
      salty notes mixed with smoke and oak.

  4. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  6. theograph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nice malt of Islay with a special barrel / finish! PLV: 8/10
    • Nose
      Salt, vegetable soup, coriander, bread spices, vanilla, wood smoke, maritime; later with a nice subtle smoky note;
    • Taste
      Spicy and strong, very strong, maritime and salty alike, oak, smoke in the background, very sweet, brown sugar (muscovado?), Lemon;
      Extremely creamy with water, vanilla and sweet, smoky, herbs and finally dry;
    • Finish
      Powerful, spicy, salty / maritime, sweet, long!

  7. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For me one of the best SMWS Bowmores of recent times. In the nose very (!!) restrained he then unfolds on the palate a true fireworks of typical Islay flavors. Much warm smoke, savory-salty and roasted herbs to caramelized salt liquorice. Endless finish! Great malt! No wonder it was sold out so quickly ...
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    CASK No. 3.306
    Summer on Islay
    Price  £91.20 A well-rounded nose of incense smoke and heather moor-burn softened by vanilla, tutti-frutti and orange fondant creams – with almost imperceptible hints of spearmint, leather and tobacco. The palate begins with a whack of intense muscovado and Danish pastry sweetness, before finding earthy notes of staves, roast parsnips, burnt heather and a lick of salt. The reduced nose gets sea water and ash (tide-flooded beach bonfire), honeycomb candy, heather honey and ice-cream – quite an experience! The palate becomes tasty and rewarding – Mon Cheri chocolates, lebkuchen, mango coulis and euthymol tooth powder. Transferred to a toasted hogshead after 17 years in ex-bourbon wood.


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