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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 AD
28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points
- I do not find him alcoholic. He also delivers pure on all three levels.
- The alcohol is not implemented well, considering the price it deserves no good rating
- 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.
- 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."
- 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
- Great all around.
Sherry and smoke; tobacco, salted smoked almonds; leather, distant perfumes
Gentle smoke, brown sugar, leather, chocolate, oils, honey, citrus, raisins
Bittersweet, oranges, dark chocolate, green pepper, long/dry
- Definitely a worse 97 Bowmore. Even after a long time, it was still very very sprittig, without any balance between alcohol, the character of the distillate and the barrel. Pity!