Bowmore 2001 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Malts Festival
Stated Age
17 years old
54.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Cameron‘s Choice
sc Scotland
Added on
26 May 2018 10:29 pm by Isonone
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 250.00

18 × in wishlist

84 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 2001 CA

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.82 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Driftwood, coffee, some exotic fruits that dissipate. It evolves towards a more mineral profile, a bit austere and floral too. Vanilla freshness. Very changeable!
    • Taste
      Well spicy, fragrant, discreet fruit, always this driftwood in hyphen.
    • Finish
      The fruit develops smoothly, a little wisely.

      A Bowmore profile that I like to find.

      Nose & Mouth: 4/5
      Final: 3/5

      Whisky n ° 1984

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    “What do you think of this one?”, asks Cameron. I gauged a solid & considered applause from at least 50% of the audience, but I reckon most already want a bottle before they’ve even properly tried it.

    N: Hugely potent and floral, possessing a little smoke, a vibrant bunch of violets, cubed ginger, quince jelly, sweet olive oil/sewing machine oil,… This rocks!
    T: Delivers too, at first. Lots of smoke, violets, savoury-sweet veg, fruits, flora n fauna…..
    F: Turns a touch meaty > coppery with dried flowers and metallic herbal bitter.
    C: It seems that just about everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and is queueing for the Bowmore. I leave the warehouse and sit on a grassy knoll under the blazing sun, whilst reflecting on the Glenturret [and that peated English in Part 1]. Despite playing a tipsy Bah Humbug role, an hour later I have joined the queue that has almost disappeared, along with the whisky, save for a handful of people and the last swishes of a hogshead. The cask is very low but I manage to procure a bottle. There was no chance of me flipping it as I’d forgotten [in my stupor] to get it bottle-sealed. So, why did I buy this? For the violets! Isn’t that one of THE distinctive distillery character notes of yesteryear, and so perhaps this is a new/contemporary Bowmore masterpiece? Whisky sure does go to my head, and boy is it fun!

    Scores a B

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    From a cask that was drained by the Cadenhead team within one hot hour [WLP87].

    N: A pungent compact-savoury > sweet-floral-sour malt with a straight cereal barley vibe > > bitter coppery = porridge-y > > dry spirituous smoke.
    T: An intoxicating mix that dynamically changes with every sip. Overall, sun-dried aromatic rose & violet leaves with flowery-sweet-malty-peat following thereafter. Later, after plenty of changes, rose to ginger, fruits, sweet veg [juiced carrots],… and some bitter herbal action on the turn.
    F: A consistently & spirit-y softly smoky medium-length finish with sandy coppery meatiness with cocoa/easter egg/hot chocolate > malty ash,…. that kind of thing. A bitter/sour pervades the finish with nettle leaf & ashy-dry gravy stock, dry sweet-ish Smarties casings and touches of fruit juice at the death. Lifts off sweet-savoury offering hints of a varied fruit platter.
    C: A whisky that will be popular not only for the fact that it offers so much. If you’re looking for a powerful spirit-led yet thoroughly balanced, well tempered & dynamically complex dram [with no time spent talking about oak or vanilla], get on board. On a subjective level, I struggled with the palate at times but that’s by the by. Provisionally scores 88 points.

    LAST 10cl

    N: All-strong/encapsulating, yeasty ethanol > slightly butyric vodka & orange yet also with sweet > light/white meaty fauna > and earthy notes. What was the previous cask contents? It would seem quite the driver at times.
    T: Intense-sour-floral-sweet,…. developing to a grainy savoury-sour-bitter < < dryish sour complex, with an eqully complex dry-salivating floral citrus-dry unravel. Same same with leafy-floral/yeast things all moving around. Lots of action on the palate that’s not so common in my book.
    F: Complexity meets whisky’s bare ingredients, finishing rightly dry after plenty of salivating-dry [chilli-heat] action with a leafy-sour. Imagine chewing on a privet hedge leaf and a belladonna chilli with a sprinkle of matcha powder – interesting ideas towards more food discovery. The most desirable pepper/vegetal/sour finish then awaits.
    C: You just can’t argue with this one [I think Jenna was set up with that Aberfeldy]. An idiosyncratic and volatile festival bottling that some may rightly crave years after the event. I spot plenty more things during the last few sips but I’ve provided enough detail for this one.

  4. Springpool scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Campbeltown dunnage warehouse meets Islay delicate smoke, sweetness and fruit.  Sensational stuff!

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tried it in the Blenders Gals.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lemon, dry, mineral, wonderfully integrated smoke, very fine nose
    • Taste
      93 93
      Mouth filling tropical! Vanilla, sweet, very fine smoke, salty, mineral, maritime, lime, hints of yellow fruits
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, gentle, decaying citrus fruits

  6. greg_0277 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Typical Bowmore profile, smoky / fruity
    • Nose
      91 91
      Light smokiness, then a little mineral peat, which goes well with fruit flavors (papaya, mango, passion).
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very (too?) Supple texture, we stay on a fairly mineral, smoky and fruity profile but not very expressive compared to the nose. It is kind of a shame.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Rather on the smoky, slightly woody note.

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. EJS scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A lovely fruity Bowmore!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91


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