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Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
88.75/100
votes
150
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile Collection
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5011333973072
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2018
Added on
01 Jun 2018 3:56 pm by whiskytheo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 306,73

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.75 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had this dram during this year's "Feis Ile" tasting session.  Last year's Feis Ile was a total mess at Bowmore:  I stood in line in front of the Bowmore distillery shop before they officially opened already but still I did not get a bottle of the hand-filled because people cheated and some grabbed as much as 6 bottles per person - just to sell them for triple the amount they paid on the internet hours later.  But Bowmore did learn from that and this year there was not such a limited hand-filled offer but a reasonable priced 15-years old sherry release instead, with a sufficient number of total bottles so that everyone on Islay could get one, at least.  A big salute to the Bowmore staff for doing this - and I am in good hope that the dram is pretty fine too.  We will see…

    This is a good heavily sherried Bowmore that does not rock the whisky world but it is easy-to-sip and what else should a Feis Ile dram be:  It is destined for being quaffed together with friends while at the spot on Islay!  This is far better than gathering dust in collector's cellars or investor's strongholds, for sure...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is tawny and the texture shows small tears with slow legs. The nose offers a fine modern sherry profile with a herbal spike (European oak, I guess) and all the traditional sherry aromas one might expect. Not so much of the Bowmore spirit but this is often with heavily sherried drams.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is mainly on modern sherry flavours with some more fruits (than in the nose) and a nice barley sugary sweetness after some chewing. Water does not change a lot but after a fair share additional aromas are released. Nonetheless I like the neat dram best. By the way, not the slightest trace of sulphur in there (hooray!).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming with a minor peppery moment in the mouth but unfortunately there is not much of a coating effect (but a minor astringent feeling from heavy tannins). The finish is of medium length and fades in several waves with increasing spicy flavours what is delicious. A minor drying moment at the very end (tannins again) is not really distracting.

  2. Dionysus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Me and a cherry cask, i don't think it will ever be a good marriage.
    Had to add some water to make it "drink-able".
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Demerara

    Ah… Feis Ile, the Music & Malt Festival on Islay… a dream for collectors, for every distillery obviously has a special bottling for this occasion. In 2018 Bowmore launched this 15 years old malt on first fill oloroso, which explains the dark color. I poured it at my own Feis Ile tasting in Ghent on the 24th May 2019, which was actually the day things were kicked off on Islay for Feis Ile 2019.

    As expected, the nose offers all kinds of dark fruit with a truckload of vanilla, demerara sugar and raisins. A few lost plums. It’s a touch bubblegum-y. There is also a nice herbal touch. The peat remains, as often in Bowmore, in the background. Soft and to be honest, somewhat docile.

    On the palate as well, it’s all a bit too easy. A typical card players’ whisky. I’m happy to report a little more fruit than on the nose. Some citrus and raisins, plums and candied apricots. Sweet barley sugars. Maple syrup. Again not a lot of smoke, bar some woodsmoke. Dangerously quaffable.

    Only in the finish do I get a little bit of black pepper and does it turn a tad dry because of the tannins in the cask. Having said that, the finish is the best part. Delicious.

    Fine Bowmore that was available at a very democratic price and offered in enough bottles to please everyone.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/feis-ile-2018-bowmore/

    Let’s see what all the fuss is about, enough for people to buy cases of the stuff before even trying the sample of it. Compared to the expensive one [WB], this Feis Ile bottling is a much larger & affordable batch of 3,000 bottles – a 15-year-old vatting of five first-fill oloroso puncheons, bottled at 52.5% abv and available for £85.

    N: A mix of waxed fruit juices, some plastics, earthy/floral/umami tones, bitter sweet butterscotch-y medicinal< herbal [mint/dill/oregano] notes, black pepper-y shoe polish, smoked [lean] ham,… I’d never have guessed it was so oloroso-based, but it certainly isn’t bourbon cask-matured either.
    T: Nice arrival with nothing overly blatant coming from those first-fill oloroso casks. As on the nose, there’s more of the same with regards to the fruitiness & smokiness with herbal action on the turn. Alongside this unusual profile, there’s a nice pace and form throughout.
    F: All the usual coastal/islay suspects before a spirity/grape seed/tannic conclusion.
    C: An unusual one in that it isn’t an instant pleaser. That’s just fine in my book. Further reading: Check out Bruichladdich collector, David Larsen’s unique review of the Feis Ile bottling:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUO6Gfab0X8&frags=pl%2Cwn

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very good malt that was allowed to mature in 1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks!
    • Nose
      dark berries, raisins, herbs, heavy sherry, spice, some smoke;
    • Taste
      diluted: first mild, then full of sherry, dark berries, grapes, dark chocolate, soft smoke, spicy oak, complex;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; spicy oak, slightly bitter fading;

  8. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Hector_Savage scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Beautiful nose that is not too overwhelming, but has many flavors equally to offer.
    Say, you can separate and recognize them well.
    On the palate, it falls off a bit, but can still convince by a beautiful subtle, dry oak-berry wagon.
    The finish could be a bit longer
    • Nose
      89 89
      fresh smoke, cooled charcoal grill on the previously lay meat, red berries, some mint, rotary tobacco, paprika, leathery.
    • Taste
      88 88
      dry, a little smoke, spicy, alcohol is very well integrated like in the nose.
      Bittersweet chocolate, orange, even the dark berries and the mint are back at the start.
    • Finish
      86 86
      spicy-dry oak, a few red berries, quite short

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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