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Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.38/100
votes
77
Whiskybase ID
WB122986
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Deep & Complex
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L182036
Barcode
5010496004555
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
16 Dec 2018 5:13 pm by stollimaus
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 90.14

12 × in wishlist

77 × member ratings

180 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.38 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bowmore is an illustrious distillery on the island of islay. Praised for, especially, the older sherried whiskies. The modern day stuff somehow is not on my radar. But thanks to a range share offered through Het whisky forum, gave me a chance to zoom in todays bottles! It keeps me wondering why they so heavily use artificial coloring. As I can remember during a distillery visit I got both the 15 and the 18 year old. I preferred the 15yo back then. Now, after 2 different 15yo’s I also have 2 different versions of the 18yo so I’ll compare these two as well. I adored the normal 18yo. So I’m looking forward to this ‘deep&complex’ version.
    • Nose
      The nose starts somewhat closed and needs some time and hand warmth to release more flavor. Clearly the focus lies more to the sweet stuff. Where the classic 18yo involved bourbon casks as well as sherry, this expression involves only sherry casks (px and oloroso) and that’s what you get on the nose. Loads and loads of sweetness. Raisins, cherries, black berries, dates, mild peat smoke. Lovely stuff once again.
    • Taste
      Especially the palate excels in a very sweet, rich bodied sherry profile. Sweetness allowed the place. Again here it’s very smooth, thick and gentle. It’s more syrupy then the ‘normal’ 18. Lots of raisins, strawberry, cherry and raspberries. Along side with that there’s quite a big hit of tobacco and leather. This is the best part in my opinion.
    • Finish
      The finish lingers on and on and is probably longer and more sticky then the ‘normal’ 18yo. Smokey raisins, smoked ham, medicinal flavors and coastal influences keep me busy for quite a while.

      The only right conclusion is that both the normal 18 as well as this deep& complex are real stunners and both give a fantastic experience. It’s all down to personal taste. Let’s be straight: you hardly can choose wrong here. Personally I tend to choose the ‘normal’ 18yo. In my opinion that one gives a little more complexity due to the use of bourbon casks as well which makes is more dimensional, while this deep&complex is a little more one sided and focuses to sweetness and sherry mainly.

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really good Bowmore, clearly superior to the standard 18. The malt is wonderfully balanced and very exciting and complex with its beautiful fruity, spicy and smoky notes - a tasty treat for the palate. For me a top standard at a decent price for the home bar. 89 points, also considering the price (about 70 euros).
    • Nose
      89 89
      beautiful typical light Bowmore smoky note (quartz-mineral); maritime notes; sweet-spicy; dark fruits (dark berries); slightly vinous note; Caramel; dark chocolate; some spices; delicate oak
      - very interesting and tasty fruity nose with a nice smoky note
    • Taste
      88 88
      mild start; sweet dark fruits; Red berries; oranges; raisins; dark chocolate; some leather; Spices; a great delicate smoky note (a little ash) resonates
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium to long; lines the oral cavity; delicate fruit notes; a bit of salt; dark chocolate; Spices; some espresso; spicy, slightly tart notes of wood; delicate smoke

  3. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  4. malt maniacs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I was tempted to give Bowmore a 90, but the 2018 batch was so poorly sealed that I could only give it 87. And in China, the Bowmore DEEP 18 is only available at duty free shops.
    • Nose
      It smells a little bit like sherry, a little bit like chocolate with a little bit of cask in it, and that's pretty obvious. Others have some dark berries, raisins, maybe some cherry jam, but I'm not sure.
    • Taste
      It tastes great! That's right! The sweetness is outstanding and the Sherry is rich and comfortable. There's a little bit of smoke on the back end, and it's really nice.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is very long. and some astringent feeling remains in the mouth, which is beyond the characteristics of 18 years! it's very good. The final thing that lingers in the mouth is a smoky variety of dark fruits.

  5. Seanzhang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. DulischM scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A dark syrupy sweetness of dried fruit is immediately noticeable, but not too strong. Then a pleasant smoke that lingers in the mouth for longer. I like it...
    • Nose
      A creamy, dark sweetness of dried raisins and plums emerges, with a clear hint of dark chocolate. Light maritime smoke is reminiscent of cold charcoal and forest honey and dead nettle nectar add another basic sweetness.
    • Taste
      Gentle maritime smoke is there immediately, paired with a slightly bitter woodiness from old barrels. Creamy sweetness is provided by syrup made from dried berries.
    • Finish
      Slightly smoky charcoal and sweet dark berry syrup emerge.

  7. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bowmore is an illustrious distillery on the island of islay. Praised for, especially, the older sherried whiskies. The modern day stuff somehow is not on my radar. But thanks to a range share offered through Het whisky forum, gave me a chance to zoom in todays bottles! It keeps me wondering why they so heavily use artificial coloring. As I can remember during a distillery visit I got both the 15 and the 18 year old. I preferred the 15yo back then. Now, after 2 different 15yo’s I also have 2 different versions of the 18yo so I’ll compare these two as well. I adored the normal 18yo. So I’m looking forward to this ‘deep&complex’ version.
    • Nose
      The nose starts somewhat closed and needs some time and hand warmth to release more flavor. Clearly the focus lies more to the sweet stuff. Where the classic 18yo involved bourbon casks as well as sherry, this expression involves only sherry casks (px and oloroso) and that’s what you get on the nose. Loads and loads of sweetness. Raisins, cherries, black berries, dates, mild peat smoke. Lovely stuff once again.
    • Taste
      Especially the palate excels in a very sweet, rich bodied sherry profile. Sweetness allowed the place. Again here it’s very smooth, thick and gentle. It’s more syrupy then the ‘normal’ 18. Lots of raisins, strawberry, cherry and raspberries. Along side with that there’s quite a big hit of tobacco and leather. This is the best part in my opinion.
    • Finish
      The finish lingers on and on and is probably longer and more sticky then the ‘normal’ 18yo. Smokey raisins, smoked ham, medicinal flavors and coastal influences keep me busy for quite a while.

      The only right conclusion is that both the normal 18 as well as this deep& complex are real stunners and both give a fantastic experience. It’s all down to personal taste. Let’s be straight: you hardly can choose wrong here. Personally I tend to choose the ‘normal’ 18yo. In my opinion that one gives a little more complexity due to the use of bourbon casks as well which makes is more dimensional, while this deep&complex is a little more one sided and focuses to sweetness and sherry mainly.

  8. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  10. meijer87 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

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