Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
TWE Exclusive
Stated Age
19 years old
Number of bottles
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Jul 2018 2:15 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 407.49

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69 × member ratings

87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1998 TWA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.01 points

  1. Dirk scored this whisky 91 points Super Administrator

    I was really looking forward in trying this one. It is a great whisky but I would have expected just a little bit more fruity aspects. It is very green with a big coastal influence. It really takes time to get the fruity notes and it is pushing the maritime aspects to the back. It will be worth the time, but that is what it needs: time and patience!
    • Nose
      Leaves, mineral, briny, grapefruits, lemon lime, smoky. Tangerines, peaches and pineapple.
    • Taste
      Green apples, mineral, oysters, lime, smoke, salty and some peppery aspects. Peaches and mandarines.
    • Finish
      Limes, grapefruits, oysters, salty, tangerines and even tinned peaches.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Well, this has quite a reputation. Released at 730am EST online and gone by 1015am -- less than 3 hours. I am sure the social media has something to do with it. Let's see how it actually is. Immediately fresh and aromatic. Very bright. A slightly funky kind of peat, a bit leafy and vegetal, somewhat like a cross between Port Ellen and Bowmore, but with a very ripe, pungent fruity core. I also detect a bit of sea salt and oregano and a bit of dried herbs.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Spicy and definitely smoky. Warm and relatively viscous. Almonds, vanilla, french vanilla coffee grounds. Not obviously fruity and a bit of nonspecific sweetness. Maybe some grapefruits. Let me see... Yes, there's some coconut almond bitter chocolates in this one. Almond Joy, anyone? Don't bother adding water -- it just dilutes the flavor.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A bit of a short finish actually, with a lingering pepperiness. Coffee grounds and burnt leaves at the end. Overall, this is quite enjoyable and chuggable... in fact, I poured myself 3 drams at the first sitting. 91.5 points.

  3. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior


    Bowmore 19 yo 1998 (48,8%, The Whisky Agency for The Whisky Exchange 2018, sherry butt)Nose: a particularly fresh version. Starts on roots, bandages, sea spray and some peppermint. Then candied notes come to the fore: Haribo bears, hints of mango puree and pineapple cubes. Very subtle peat smoke.
    Mouth: yes, same tropical fruits. They’re not as big as the 1960s Bowmores, but they’re there. Pink grapefruits, tangerines, hints of passion fruits. Lovely combination with the peat smoke, liquorice and subtle herbs. Subtle leafy notes, a touch of menthol.
    Finish: long and bittersweet, with lime zest, ashes and hints of cocoa.

    Ashes and tropical fruits, such a terrific combination. This brings us so close to the profile of really old Bowmore.

  4. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This one needs time to develop. But it's a well-balanced and very good whisky. Fruits, coastal notes and peat smoke are nicely mixed.
    • Nose
      Coastal and mineral notes (seabreeze, brine, pencil shaving) at first. Bandages and light smoke. Give it times for the exotic notes to develop. Pineapples, mangoes, green bananas.
    • Taste
      Definitely more fruity but still briny, mineral and smoky with a pinch of pepper. Grapefruits, lemons, peaches. Mentholated and vegetal notes.
    • Finish
      Long, zesty, slightly ashy and smoky

  5. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Hmm, a bit different from Bowmore used to date, initially a hint of sulfur and slightly sour, extinguished match, hint of ash.
    A little vegan, but also slightly maritime, slightly citrus fruit notes. After a while, a little sherry and a fruity component.

    Warm, oily, smoky, some tar and ash, wood aromas, aromatic, sweet-spicy and fruity, full of body, intense, awesome!
    A touch of salty and maritime, barrel / coffee notes. Extremely tasty and pleasantly engaging. Salivation demanding with slightly tart oak aromas merging into the finish. Incredibly soft.

    Sweetish-tart-sweetish, light oak flavor, soft, delicately smoky with a hint of ash, lingering very long ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. wouterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a marvelous dram. Really, really good. Very medicinal, fruity. Peat smoke is present. Ashy, leaves, grassy, maritime. Very good whisky. Would have been 90+ if the finish was a bit longer. Lovely stuff.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    woody freshness, vanilla, lemon and menthol, sweetness of malt, smoke, peat, a little salt, then subtle fruits on exotic fruits.
    a great sweetness back with wood, peat, herbs and mint again.
    sweet as a candy!
    • Nose
      light peat, mint, lemon and some herbs
      back very salty and cooked yellow fruits,
    • Taste
      creamy sweetness, vanilla, lemon, a little pineapple, tender wood too, the seaside side comes back slowly, like from behind a seaside restaurant window.

  9. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    typo: "Distilled at Bowmore Ditillery" - Oh, these Germans...

  10. HokkaidoUni did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    281 Euros at auction June 2020


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