Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.52/100
votes
53
Whiskybase ID
WB109446
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Darkest
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon + Oloroso Sherry Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L162186
Barcode
5010496020821
Added on
22 mar 2018 6:14 pm by bigballou62
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.63

6 × in wishlist

53 × member ratings

166 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.52 points.

  1. bankimate scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. hzs275 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bowmore is an illustrious distillery on the island of islay. Praised for, especially, the older sherried whiskies. The modern day stuff somehow is not on my radar. But thanks to a range share offered through Het whisky forum, gave me a chance to zoom in todays bottles! It keeps me wondering why they so heavily use artificial coloring. As I can remember during a distillery visit I got both the 15 and the 18 year old. I preferred the 15yo back then. Now I have 2 different versions of the 15yo so I’ll compare them a bit. The ‘normal’ 15yo was a bit inferior to the 10yo dark & intense in my opinion. So I’m very curious to what this 15yo ‘Darkest’ has to offer.
    • Nose
      Clearly a sherry finish. Loads of bourbon cask influences are there immediately. Vanilla, licorice, honey, tropical fruits, it’s all there. But it’s being complimented by clear sherry cask influences. Beautiful hints of leather and polished old colonial furniture. I would love to try this on cask strength! Without a doubt this gives a way better nose then the ‘normal’ 15yo. More complex and sophisticated. Hand warmth works like crazy here. The whole gets more intense. After a while the red fruitiness really takes over giving cherries and strawberries.
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet and fruity. Lovely balance! Strawberries, cherry candy, brown sugar, vanilla and milk chocolate. A whiff of hazelnuts and leather as well. A gentleman’s palate!
    • Finish
      Long and rich. Leather and polished oak. Loads of sweetness again here. More of the bourbon cask influences take their place giving some of the usual suspects but in the second half again the sherried flavors take over giving coffee beans, mocha, dried cherries and mild spices.

      Absolutely a deserving dram! More complexity, richness and depth into this one compared to the standard 15yo. Compared to the 10yo this is a different ballgame. Where the 10yo offers me a nice daily dram with loads of flavor and less complexity, this one offers me a more challenging dram that I’d like to sit back and relax with. Absolutely a buy recommendation.

  4. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Bourbon, sherry casks, peat, and a qualified 15years old have all the elements that make whisky great and complex, and it tastes every taste, but I always feel that something is missing...
    There seems to be performance in every category, but none of them is very specialized, a very average player, and lacks the characteristics that can distinguish it strongly from other whiskies.
    But still a good whisky with everything, at a reasonable price, and I'll try it on winter nights. Enjoy it!
    The total taste is 86 points, and the price does not affect the score.

  5. Jimbeau scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. MaroFF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another Bowmore on the shopping list. Sweet, pleasant with the aftertaste of dark chocolate and ripe grapefruit, which leaves a pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. All this is steeped in peat smoke and sea salt. There is also lemongrass, which complements the whole with a breath of freshness. Pride!
    • Nose
      86 86
      peat, lignin, gum, citrus, honey, sea salt
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, honey, peat, smoked meat, grapefruit, delicate oak bitterness, charcoal, ripe cherries, vanilla, lemongrass
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, sweet, smoked plums, sea salt, warming tip with a hint of dark chocolate and peat

  7. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Interesting but still basic everyday smoky scotch
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet fruity jam smoke with some seaweed and campfire smoky tones
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet herby brown sugar and wet coal ash smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long but blank, ashy charcoal and bitter oak

  8. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Herby's description fits very well.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. herby.usa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Dark raisins, perfume notes, sweet, meadow and hay, light maritime notes, sherry sweetness, subtle smoke, fine cinnamon spice.
    Taste: Peppery start, a hint of ash, vanilla, strong spiciness and a sweet aftertaste. Pleasantly mild on the palate.
    Finish: Short, pleasantly mild and still spicy.

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    1471) Bowmore, 15YO, Darkest

    A discontinued batch of 15YO Bowmore that tasted years ago (79pt). Pleasantly surprise when found this last bottle standing quietly at the back of one of the cabinet.
    • Nose
      N- Rubber tube with distant bonfire smokes, nutmeg syrup with brine-y rocks and minerals. Gushes of maritime smokes before some floral, chocolate and brown sugar developed. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- It has this sort of feather light 'neutral' texture, but well filled with nutmeg, spices and dried fruits. Sourish lime peels with smokes at retro-hale. Sweet, bitter and naturally dry with some astringency. (85/19)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, does improve at subsequent sips with tart berries, dried fruit, green tea white chocolate and gentle brine smokes emerged. (86/20)

      B/B- 86/20

      Weighted Rate- 79pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  11. LittlePeat scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    By far the best bowmore I've ever had in a glass. Stunningly beautiful on the nose with the perfectly balanced combination of smoke, old-fashioned sherry and spices, complemented by a warehouse feeling. A little too little ABV on the palate, but at least 43% and not 40. In the finish, a nice mouthfeel of dried fruit and oak, also slightly mineral. In cask strength that would be a high-end whisky.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Pogue Mahone scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, Bowmore 15 is both chill-filtered and caramel colored. I have a hard time letting caramel coloring pass when a whisky is NAMED for its color. For shame, Bowmore! OK, now I can focus on the flavor.

    Peat or gently sweet, fruity sherry. This is the opposite of both of those aspects. The sherry is resinous and funky, the peat muddy and vegetative. The combination is alchemical, though, with an otherworldly fungalness… fungitude… fungality… funkiness that brings together the most edgy, concentrated, and dark flavors of both peat and sherry and becomes something greater than the parts. While not really an education in peat, or in sherry, it is an education in Darkest.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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