Bowmore 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Manager's Selection
Calculated age
21 years old
Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
653-658 , 660-665
Number of bottles
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Distillery Exclusive
Added on
19 Feb 2019 9:02 am by SteveW110
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 763,92

80 × in wishlist

126 × member ratings

245 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.20 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Stop press for the name change: Wowmore.

    2cl sample and liking every drop of it. A perfect example that heavy sherry does not need to smother distillery profile and doesn't need to be woody. David knew what to choose.

    A few drops of water are recommended.

  2. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Beautifully balanced Bowmore, the sherry barrel dominates slightly, but not with bitterness, but over the red fruits. I like it!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Despite the 51.7% Vol. Slightly alcoholic, withered blackberry bush, pickled rumps, light sweetness, cured meat, smoked bacon, rather subtle smoke (campfire / wood smoke), some glue, cigar tobacco, vanilla pods, light earthiness, pepper and spice sharpness
    • Taste
      92 92
      First cigar-like smoke, some ashes, red berries and pickled raisins, dark chocolate
      At the second sip of smoked meat, then the wild berry
    • Finish
      93 93
      very long, pleasant, warm smoke, blackberries, some wood, licorice. Dark chocolate stays together with the campfire and the red berries

  3. wisekycourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    100 ???? but after, what a disappointment !! or there are some who drink only that !!!

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smells of Bowmore and strong sherry, great nose. Sweet sherry in the mouth, light smoke, a bit greasy. Long strong finish, alcohol well integrated.

    Good buy for 250 pounds, if you have the opportunity. The secondary market prices of 400-500 € I would not be willing to pay ...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Willum scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  7. nimbus2000 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Compared with some other sherry cask handfilled bottles distilled in the late 90s, which I like much with the taste sweet, strong, balanced and some whiff of old bowmore's fruity feeling, this bottle is quite different. I have rarely tasted a bowmore with salty dried plums or some other salty something with typical bowmore peat aftertaste. Pretty unusual.

  8. Ryan Smith85 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Has some carryover from the 90’s off notes. Specifically asparagus and sulphuric. Agreed with others that there is some serious Score inflation going on here.

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's already a stunner, rarely experienced another distillery that goes so well with dark sherry.
    • Nose
      as expected fat, oily, creamy, heavy, heavy sherry, furniture polish, oak, subtle smoke, which definitely plays the second fiddle, tobacco, slightly floral, some caramel, a breeze of mint, some malt and chocolate, in fact, despite the whole Sherryfracht also room for other flavors, for me altogether just right and not over it
    • Taste
      oily, creamy, a bit of bowmore violet, sherry, raisins, also here a lot of wood, oak, light smoke, pleasant, floral, overall not quite as intense as expected from the nose, but very pleasant to drink
    • Finish
      drier from behind, sweet plums on the palate, astringent, hardly any smoke, menthol, fresh, long-lasting


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