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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 AD
25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.31 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
- 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.
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
Sweet, a bit spicy (ginger), mussels, brine, smoked anchovy, black olives, dark berries jam, light minerality and bitter oak at the end
Quite long, sweet, warm, smoky and ashy, atd nutty and leathery, slightly bitter at the end
- 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
beautiful Sherry Bowmore with strong alcohol, leather, subtle salt impact, tobacco, blueberries, behind the subtle Bowi smoke, smoked fish, lavender, mint
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
long, the pepper of alcohol burns quite long, tobacco, cigar box, dark sherry, salt