Bowmore Tempest

Overall rating
86.60/100
votes
359
Whiskybase ID
WB11172
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release No. 1
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
55.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010496002322
Added on
14 oct 2009 7:23 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 163.36

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Tempest

42 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.60 points.

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not so much smoke, iodine, pineapple, yellow fruits, vanilla, very decent

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5453, a very good basic model, and the tasting experience is also relatively good.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Light star anise, roasted peat, soft smoky, orange sauce, burning aroma, fleshy, unlit coal, lemon peel, slightly astringent and slightly bitter. 87
    • Taste
      88 88
      The peat is soft and almost imperceptible. The sweetness is not low, apple syrup, watermelon white, sea salt, mint, a little sweet melon, to the roasted honey nuts, the sweetness is more than enough, and the end of the spice explosion, very spicy, deduct points. The wine is full-bodied, slightly astringent, full of fat, slightly over salty, and a little rough at the back. p87b90
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sea salt, slightly astringent, slightly bitter, slightly rough, but reasonable. 85

  4. AFrog10 scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    A fine whisky. A nice mix of salty and fresh notes, earth, pepper and oak and some sweet notes, vanilla, honey and citrus.
    • Nose
      The smoke comes with salt, freshness and the sea. I smell citrus and a hint of mineralic flavour.
    • Taste
      The taste is sweeter than the smoke. Sweet influence getting strong. It tastes like honey, vanilla, citrus which is bounded on some oak and earth flavour.
    • Finish
      The finish is getting sharper. Smoke, earth and pepper give an interesting finish to this whisky.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared with batch 6, this one has a better nose but a slightly weaker palate.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Ashy smoke and "bright" bourbon aromas: honey, lemon, straw. Softly mineral and maritime. After a while, some floral notes (violets?) and faint fruits shine through the smoke: mango and peach, perhaps? The peatiness also "opens up" and becomes more fragrant and varied.
      Not overly complex, but very nicely done.
    • Taste
      87 87
      First comes a blast of chimney soot, then more and more sweetness (runny honey and very indistinct fruitiness, perhaps tangerine), and finally a wave of peppery spice: pickled ginger, white pepper, celery.
      I'm missing some of the more overt fruit notes that I remember from a later batch #6, but it's still pretty satisfying.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very long. Salty, mineral, faintly farmy, and still pretty sweet (corn syrup, caramel).

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    not particularly complex - but an interesting variant of the Bowmore
    • Nose
      86 86
      Salty freshness, mineral notes, well integrated smoke, citrus notes and a hint of wet cardboard
    • Taste
      87 87
      a deja vu on the nose, just a little more intense - maritime and salty, green notes, chalky mineral notes, citrus and subtle smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      dry, salty, long

  7. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice typical bourbon barrel profile, which I would have wished for a few more years - then it would have been a little rounder and more beautifully matured. Still a very tasty bottling.
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet; Vanilla; Citrus; malty; some shortbread; some oak seasoning; a very subtle smoky note; not too complex but nice aroma
    • Taste
      88 88
      oily; sweet and spicy; Vanilla; Citrus; earthy notes; slightly smoky (earthy-ashy); delicate tingling oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      spicy; Citrus; Pepper; salty; Oak; delicate smoke

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and exactly what it was supposed to be in its time: The cask strength beginner. The series could have stayed that way. Should have...
    Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/07/07/bowmore-in-serie/

  11. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  13. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 151: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNwvSq3mZ4M (86/100).

    "Not bad at all. Still a bit of heat in it, still a bit of heat. Could have done extra two years and this would be a cracking whisky, it really would."

  14. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of my absolute Bowmore favorites. What an amazing series Tempest was. A great example of what the Bowmore spirit can become when aged and taken care of excellently in bourbon barrels.
    • Nose
      The delicate smoke wraps the bourbon soaked Bowmore spirit so well. Smoke -dipped vanilla and even butter scotch fills the nose.
    • Taste
      Strong, honey sweetness, and then the vanilla drags along the peat and smoke
    • Finish
      The vanilla tones die slowly while giving way for the full peat and smoke experience. Exactly the way you want your peated whisky to develop IMHO. 

  15. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant surprise, the next standard-monotonous new bomo with increased strength was expected on the fragrance, but the taste immediately turned everything upside down with the explosion of a citrus-fruit bomb - perfectly; finish smoothly finishing, muffling the taste of taste for the next sip, and then the fragrance begins to open and show its new facets.
    • Nose
      The open, sharp, water-stoked coals of fire, ash, ash, sea notes, lemon, thinner, bleach, oak, light lacquer notes, the influence of bourbon barrels, carpentry, vanilla, malt, wet grain gradually begins to manifest.
    • Taste
      Powerful sweet and sour wave with pepper, oranges, peaches, kumquats, soft spicy oak, lemonade, mineral water, fruit and citrus extravaganza, caramel sweetness, very violent (by the way, yes, in full accordance with the name :)) development, fountain of freshness.
    • Finish
      Spicy, oak, pleasantly warming, ginger tea, lemon peel, caramel.

  17. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a surprisingly fruity profile that reminded me (a little bit) of that delicious sixties/early seventies Bowmore style.  In fact, this style was completely lost during the horrable years at Bowmore (forget about almost all Bowmore bottlings from 1980-1988).  But this dram re-established my trust into Bowmore as a great distillery again...

  19. Andygoethe did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    The taste is structured hierarchically, rich in fresh fruit and botanical vanilla flavor, moderate in the end.
    The hierarchy of flavor is clear, and the fresh fruit with some bourbon vanilla taste, the finish are moderate.
    • Nose
      Fresh peat and green grass, spices, smoke hidden, wheat, citrus, but also with a vague caramel flavor. The fresh grass and peat appear at the beginning then spices but soft, smoke, citrus, dry malt with a hint of caramel.
    • Taste
      The entrance was marked with lemon or citrus sauce. The smell of the sea breeze was obviously followed by the smoky smell, rich in oil, and perhaps some tannins in the wooden barrel. The cream offers on the tongue, and spicy of orange tannins...
    • Finish
      Bowmore's smoky style continues, with sweet and sour oranges, tannins in barrels, and sweet walnuts. The style of Bowmore smoke is sustained, sweet orange, barrels tannins, walnuts nuts dry, sweet to the end.

  20. yapi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Bowmore 10 yo 'Tempest' (56.3%, OB, first fill bourbon, Batch #1, 2009) Colour: gold. Nose: punchy, clean, crisp, peaty, coastal, mineral and slightly lemony. Not aggressive, flawless – so far. With water: this is interesting, it gets rather more spirity and aggressive when diluted, as if water had unleashed some kind of tincture or iodine and mercurochrome (is that the ‘tempest’?). But it’s soon to calm down, getting more complex, with aromas that are usually to be found in much older Islayers, such as camphor and pu-erh tea. Mouth (neat): the most superb combination of peat, lemon, pepper and iodine that one could taste, with a few spices from the oak in the background (the usual nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger). It’s no overly complex whisky but once again, the balance is impressive. And it’s so drinkable at cask strength! With water: once again, complexity arrives with water. More herbs and even pine resin, the only thing that’s just a tad disturbing is a slight ‘new oak’ note (a little too much ginger/nutmeg for my taste). But that’s nothing. Finish: long, clean and perfectly balanced once again. And very fresh. Maybe a tad sweeter than before (marmalade?) Comments: it’s great that the Distillery joined the many independents who already issued superb young clean Bowmores in recent times, even if this Tempest is a little sweeter than most. A lovable 10yo. SGP:457 - 88 points.

    Serge Valentin, Whiskyfun

  21. mika417 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    BOWMORE TEMPEST 10yo / 55.3%

    Strong citrus, fruit that stands out of lemon and orange, white chocolate or custard cream, calm

    Flowers and comfortable sea breeze, light soil and bitter chocolate, slightly peppery scent.

    Citrus and orange fruit, solid sweetness and firm bitterness that balances, I feel it clearly

    The taste of mango.

    Moderately powerful, spicy, mango and citrus fruit, chocolate-like finish. First fill fill bourbon cask called Tempest (storm and storm), Small batch release

    Current bowmore, we reviewed. It's a wonderful level as official 10 year maturity.

    Mango flavor is rich and delicious after the second cup!

    It is a complexity that makes both scents and tastes feel changes due to the passage of time and does not feel as young as 10 years.

    Although there is a price difference of about 3 times, there is no possibility of removing it, I will not feel the characteristics and individuality too much, should I choose this compared to the current 12 years ... (Individual's own opinion though)

    There is also no perfume who did not emphasize so-called Isla's characteristics (Pete or iodine incense), but called a pros and cons.

    If this is the case, this is a bowmore, you can recommend it for those who will taste it, it is the taste I want to share with many people. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/distilled1973/35804211.html

  22. d1scostu scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    If you're into light and fresh Islay-style whisky, than you'll enjoy the Tempest. This is a good whisky, priced just above entry-level whiskies, but so much better.
    • Nose
      Fresh peat, vegetal, white pepper and smoke. A bit sharp and malty. Citrussy too, with a touch of honey and white chocolate.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, earthy. Lots of citrus, mostly lemon. Salt and pepper, wood spices also.
    • Finish
      Salt, lemon and smoke. Fairly long.

  24. dicembre29 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoke and peat, o’course. Chocolate. Coffee. Cracked pepper. Orange and Lemon. Some notes that aren’t far off from an Ardbeg. Caramel and pear. Some unexpected creaminess. Baked Alaska.

    Palate: Sweet candy arrival, through smoke and into licorice. A lot of fresh squeezed citrus and more cracked pepper. Either very active bourbon casks leveeing these spicy notes, or a bit of sherry influence. Either way…crackling with nifty ‘Pop Rock’ surprises. There’s an earthiness here that hints at Garden Burgers, interestingly enough.

    Thoughts: Hmmm…much like many first editions of named releases, I have a sneaking suspician this was a ‘best foot forward malt’. (Read: there are some older, better casks in here than we’ll see in future editions.) Great balance.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=96

     

     

  25. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This bottle was sold on whiskyauction.com on 11/04/2015 for 96 EUR;

  26. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Alex scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nice, punchy delivery with vanilla/honey sweetness and quite some malty notes around. The peat levels are lower than expected. All in all not overly complex, but clean and straight forward. A good one.

  28. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lime wine gums, peach, vanilla, cinnamon cookie, gingerbread, malt, toffee, pear, pepper and oak. Just a little peat. Straw from a horse stable. Even a grassy touch like a Lowlander. The malty aspects really come forward when you give it some time.
    • Taste
      Still mainly fruity. Lime, peach, vanilla sugar, oak, caramel and a touch of salt and pepper. Peat dust rather than smoke, which is not so apparent at first but gets more prominent over time. A little malt as well.
    • Finish
      Now the chocolate-y peat smoke emerges. Also still lime and vanilla, plus pear, peach, malt, salt and a peppery oakiness.

  29. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For me to fully enjoy
    this, I needed to add quite a bit of water, and leave it breathing for
    30-45+ minutes at least. Funnily enough, now that the bottle has been
    open for close to a year, this previously very reliable behaviour
    stopped occuring (much less orange blossom, more bright oak wood), which
    is a real shame...

    Transferring previous Note (2011.12.30) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      bourbon vanilla, wood-smoke, new wood (oak planks) &
      some old wood (dusty/attic wood as well as treated/antique furniture ),
      some honey, prickly, a few citrus notes, sand, plastic (84)
      Later:
      develops some nice fruity citrus & more honey & vanilla notes,
      but still feels spirity and the smoke and seabreeze/salt wins. (85)
      W
      Water & time: accelerates the sweetness to come head to head with
      smoke and salt, now  strong notes of orange blossoms as well as
      oranges/orange zest occasionally even overtaking the smoke &
      everpresent (& very pleasant) oak influence (89)
    • Taste
      satisfying smoke &  honey/vanilla sweetness with faint citrus notes (86)
      W
      Water & time: first of slightly salty, but right after a
      beautifully complex sweetness of orange blossom, woody vanilla, honey
      next to the smoke & salt. (89)
    • Finish
      fairly long on smoke & a bit of salt, not so much on complexity (84)
      W
      Water & time: more of the palate, swaying back and forth between
      sweet & smoke/salt, turns slightly more woody but without turning
      dry or even bitter. Lovely. (91)

  30. Kaps scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  31. Feis_ile scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. joho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky, and I predicted it, will be a classic. And it took only 4 years to reach his cult status. Try to get your hands on it. Batch 1 is the best.

  33. ALouis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Beautiful peat on the fire and citrus. The lemon is present as well as some notes of rubber. Medicinal but light notes.
    • Taste
      superb mouth, o
    • Finish
      A final that lasts on the fruity side.

  34. Johan Van Samang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    By far the best of the four releases till now. Already a lot of fruit, but also a good amount of peat and a rather high alcohol percentage. Perfect ingredients for ideal bottle aging I`d say. Cult within 10 to 20 years.

  35. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Legendary indeed, for
    such a young malt! Before I knew it, I had finished my final drop before adding
    any water. The first batch will already fetch between 55 and 70 EUR. Good thing
    I had put aside an extra bottle when I did!
    • Nose
      The nose is
      surprisingly sweet on lemon, oranges, pineapple, peach, vanilla custard and
      some flowers. The typical maritime elements, including a wonderful smokiness,
      work supportive rather than overwhelming. Very clean. Absolutely marvellous.
    • Taste
      Citrus is the first
      thing that stands out on the nose, but it is immediately followed by the
      maritime notes and the peat takes control. Hefty spices and big peat. Quite a
      big dose of salt and oak rears its head. Nutmeg and ginger are present. But the
      whole is perfectly balanced. It is slightly creamy and mouth coating.
    • Finish
      The finish is long
      and smoky, with a good balance between sweet and salt.

  36. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  37. D3US scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For me a great Bowmore expression. The sweetness with the signature Bowmore soft smoke and cough drops notes make it unique and thoroughly enjoyable. 
    • Nose
      Nothing much than the alcohol prickle, but after some water added a great array of aromas. Definite vanilla sweetness here, some very handsome oak, soft berry-like fruits, malt and a salty, peaty smoke edge.
    • Taste
      A blast of flavors, eye watering. Mostly sweetness, vanilla that is, with the sweet fruits also there. Cough drops, honey. With water even better, there seems to be some citrus fruit added. Soft spices in the background, gentle smoke.
    • Finish
      Quite long, sweet and warming. The vanilla and honey go hand in hand, leading the way for the fruits, dark chocolate, malt and gentle smoke. 

  38. hsmithjr scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nicely executed.  Great value as well.
    • Nose
      Very fruity (ripe golden apples, pears, grapes).  Soft citrus (grapefruit maybe). Sugar cookies.  Vanilla.  All this around a backbone of peat. Salty sea breezes.
    • Taste
      Sweet cereal.  Lots more of the fruit and citrus.  Peat and some smoke.  Black tea.  Bitter toward the end.
    • Finish
      Long and peppery.  Smoky and salty.  Fruit chewing gum.

  39. nijholtm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I like this one!
    • Nose
      vanilla, ginger, coconut and floral: some heather and lavender. Very soft maritime aromaâ€
    • Taste
      the vanilla, ginger and coconut is back. Less floral on the palate. Whipped cream. Lovely soft peated notes. In the back it gets more complex with nutmeg and cinnamon. 
    • Finish
      slightly bitter with earl grey tea and earthy notes.

  40. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A cask-strength 10yo from Bowmore, Tempest has been vatted from

    first-fill bourbon casks. The sweet-tinged, oaky nose gives no

    indication of the fantastic maelstrom of smoke and spice that follows on

    the palate. This may be the best `standard` distillery-bottled Bowmore

    of the 21st century.

  41. Lafroy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose gives the sense of sourness, bitterness, malted barley, sweet peat, seaweeds, some salt, some oak with citrus notes as well as strong smoke.
    • Taste
      It starts with great sweetness, honey, chocolate, fruits in spirit, malted barley, peaty sweetness, prunes and cherries.
    • Finish
      Finish is pretty long. It starts semidry with some sweetness, peat and smoke.

  42. SilentStill scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A little disappointment. Although for a 10year sure a Dram worth, but for a 56% I promise myself more complexity.
    • Nose
      Relatively dry at first impression, just as earthy, and with fruity hints. Not really peaty. After a while in the glass also light caramel / vanilla notes come through.
    • Taste
      Even drier than the nose, almost "sandy". Here is some smoke, but without dominating too much. The fruity notes hardly play a role in the mouth anymore.
    • Finish
      At best, medium. Bringing nothing new to light.

  43. joho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is rather complex for it's 10 years. It's sweet and I love it.

  44. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A fruity bowmore, a good 10yo whisky.
    • Nose
      Neat: spirity, tingling nosefeeling. Fruity notes, almond and pears.
      With water: more pears, some vanilla notes.
    • Taste
      Neat: Fruity and sweet, some peat here, turf(?) and bonfire .
      With water: the vanilla comes forward a lot.
    • Finish
      Neat: medium long finish, but I want more from a 50%+. More peat notes...
      With water: even shorter, not good to ad water...

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