Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
20 years old
Refill Sherry
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Jul 2018 7:59 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 252,16

29 × in wishlist

131 × member ratings

101 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 AD

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.31 points

  1. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I do not find him alcoholic. He also delivers pure on all three levels.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. Tobias B scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    The alcohol is not implemented well, considering the price it deserves no good rating

  3. Hobbit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a shame with this whisky. When I first poured it, I was inclined to give it 70 points (base scale). In the end, it was almost as if you were smelling pure alcohol. So let stand 20 minutes and .... no significant change .... I was disappointed.

    Then with a half to a whole teaspoon of water to 2 cl and another 10 to 15 minutes in the glass he was finally good. And pretty good. Like a unleashed, undyed Bowmore Darkest to tinker yourself. Although the sherry holds back pleasantly and shows itself mainly in the nose with a little later violets and tropical canned fruits. In the mouth again nice crisp and dry Bowmore smoke with sweeter, nutty notes.

    If I had had the last impression at the beginning, I would not find that difficult to judge. But should (should?) Be a 20-year-old sherry whisky for € 150 so "impetuous"? Is this evaluated with or is it just the impression of optimal respiratory duration and dilution? Does the malt win with decreasing bottle level and loses the alcohol sting?

    After the second tasting, the impression did not improve. After optimal breathing time, dilution and careful smelling, the Bowmore potential shows good to very good whisky. However, with the incredibly poorly integrated alcohol, the malt heals everything here and there are no classes to what one might expect from a top-notch whisky. That's too much of experimentation. Too bad.

  4. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 761: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWtfa9DsNPg (82/100).

    "This is an awkward, hard access single malt. That's what it is. And it's not a great version neither."

  5. Ed Radour scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

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

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    A very dark and sherried bowmore is always worth a try. No, there’s no sulphur. Check. It’s quite hot. From the alcohol and also lots of Pepper and spice (black pepper, white pepper and chillies). Dark fruits absolutely (blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, rhubarb, raspberry...) but they are slightly overtaken. Lots of tiger balm and menthol, which kind of adds to the spice. Also a little leather, cocoa nibs and pipe tobacco. All these things are good, but it’s a little out of balance

  7. BestOfWest scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Decent Bomore, beautifully sherried, quite complex and quite different on the palate from what the nose suggests - rather coastal and mineral. Needs some time for aeration in the glass, otherwise is quite sharp on alcohol.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sharp alcohol at the beginning, sherry, dried fruits (prunes, apricots, dates), a bit perfumy (lavender), dark chocolate, some wood polish and plastic bags, unexpected fresh cucumber note, some earthy/chalky feeling. With water: gets grassy, comes caramel and fresh tropical fruits (mango, banana), gentle smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet, a bit spicy (ginger), mussels, brine, smoked anchovy, black olives, dark berries jam, light minerality and bitter oak at the end
    • Finish
      Quite long, sweet, warm, smoky and ashy, atd nutty and leathery, slightly bitter at the end

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: oh yes, the veträgt a pretty big sip of water, the peppery taste is pushed far back, the tobacco and leather notes come much stronger to light, the smoked fish, some seafood and more sweetness come to light

    Conclusion: bomb, great station wagon, but really needs water, otherwise slaps the peppery on the tongue
    • Nose
      89 89
      beautiful Sherry Bowmore with strong alcohol, leather, subtle salt impact, tobacco, blueberries, behind the subtle Bowi smoke, smoked fish, lavender, mint
    • Taste
      87 87
      thick, oily, the alcohol hits with a huge load of pepper, great sherry sweets paired with some salt, lavender pastilles, light smoke, chocolate, black olives
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, the pepper of alcohol burns quite long, tobacco, cigar box, dark sherry, salt

  10. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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