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Bowmore 1997

Overall rating
91.56/100
votes
240
Whiskybase ID
WB126397
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Manager's Selection
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2019
Calculated age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
653-658 , 660-665
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Distillery Exclusive
Added on
19 feb 2019 9:21 am by SteveW110
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1399.99

112 × in wishlist

240 × member ratings

338 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.56 points

  1. XorLophaX did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle 0536 sold empty on ebay at 06 Nov 19

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Bowmore, which is dominated by the sherry barrel, but not in terms of bitterness, but about the red fruits. I like it!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Despite the 51.7% vol. only slightly alcoholic, withered blackberry bush, pickled prunes, light sweetness, salted meat, smoked bacon, rather subtle smoke (campfire / wood smoke), some glue, cigar tobacco, vanilla pods, light earthiness, pepper and spicy spices
    • Taste
      92 92
      First, cigar-like smoke, some ashes, red berries and pickled raisins, dark chocolate
      A second sip of smoked meat, then the forest berry
    • Finish
      93 93
      very long, pleasant, warm smoke, blackberries, some wood, liquorice. Dark chocolate remains with the campfire and red berries

  5. Gloin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The smell is intense and heavy, old, ripe, deep, leaves nothing to be desired.
    According to the nose, one almost expects the taste to be disappointing, the bar is so high, but far from it. The taste does not diminish compared to the smell.
    Only the finish could be a bit more intense and complex at this level.
    A big, a wonderful Bowmore! It has to be that way.
    • Nose
      At first the Bowmore smells a bit closed, but then, after a while, it opens with force: light smoke, leather, old books, bound in leather, raisins, sherry, a little black currant, is there a hint of Bowmore violet ?, dry wood
    • Taste
      Medium attack, delicate astringency, then sweet and heavy, plum, currant, raisin, spicy, not bitter wood, dark chocolate, black tea, accompanied by a slight smoky note, barely noticeable, but always there
    • Finish
      Black tea, light smoke, spicy oak, no bitterness, less sweet, plum, a hint of cinnamon, long but not long enough

  6. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

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

  7. Whisky Pit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Pretty much the best Bowmore I've ever had.

  8. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Fair sample: A really nice whisky.
    Issue price was around 400, if I am not mistaken. Would I have gotten a bottle for that? Probably not, but still a great malt.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Full sherry nose.
      Dates, figs, raisins ... syrupy.
      Boiled strawberries and tree cakes.
      The alcohol and smoke stay in the background and give it a nice depth.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Here the Oloroso comes through fully.
      Roasted hazelnuts, plums, a little honey and a lot of spice.
      The smoke, toasted aromas are more dominant than in the nose. A creamy, oily mouthfeel.
      At the second sip, bacon and men's chocolate (80%).
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish.
      Menthol, tobacco and furniture polish.
      Becomes drier with a hint of blackberries.
      Very nice!

  9. Ronwelsh did not rate this whisky Newbie

    ....just like to point out the casks were Sherry Hogsheads, not Puncheons.

  10. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose- intense sherry, dry, light touch of smoke, a lot of tobacco notes, dark stale fruit, polishing paste,
    Taste - very dry, sherry thick and oily, beautifully fitted smoke, subtly smoldering fire, a lot of oak, tannins, a little earthy.
    Finish - ongoing, a lot of dried fruit, oaky, coffee, dark chocolate, old hides, cigar box, very pleasant.
    92/3 great bowmore, barrel well integrated with the distillate

  11. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wow what a delicious Bowmore! Bowmore and "Dark" Sherry go together perfectly for me, I already had some wonderful Bowmore from a Dark Sherry Cask in the glass and was thrilled every time. Slightly smoky, greasy, leather and tobacco, opulent fruit with a hint of fresh herbs, just wonderful!
    • Nose
      The "Distillery Exclusive Bowmore" shines in the Premium Snifter in a deep dark red, almost mahogany color, while a multitude of small "legs" emerge from the oily sheer on the glass wall. The first contact with the nose is dominated by a dark and intense sherry aroma, a slightly maritime breeze emerges from dark grapes and berries. Hints of salt and algae fight for free against dominant blackberries and currants, wet leather and sweet tobacco dissolve, a touch of furniture polish wafts through your nose. Abrasion from orange peel, hints of dark caramel, nuances of wet earth and wooden smoke, minimal mint and menthol, bacon left out in butter moves more and more into the foreground. Oily and creamy, the wonderfully balanced Bowmore beguiles the nose and gradually stimulates the flow of saliva.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows heavy and oily over the tongue. Blackberries and currants briefly dominate the first contact, then peppery sharpness with dark and burnt wood tones explodes on the tongue and lines the palate with cozy warmth. Hazelnuts play with dark wood tones, a minimal smoky note is in the air while the creamy and dark fruit aroma slowly comes to the fore. From dark and now dry wooden elements, floral echoes emerge, fly ash and cold, subtle smoke, white pepper with a pinch of salt, again fried pork belly with hints of wet leather and dried tobacco leaves. With hints of lovage and thyme, taste and aftertaste become blurred ...
    • Finish
      Tobacco and leather stick slightly smoky on the palate, fried pork belly and dark fruits are still playing with each other, again I imagine I can perceive a touch of lovage and thyme. Spicy wood tones fade, blackberries and currants briefly appear again with floral hints and a hint of dried herbs. Creamy, wooden, slightly smoky and yet fruity and floral, the aftertaste just won't fade ...

  12. LeChiffre scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Wow, definitely the best Bowmore I've had in my glass so far. The typical Bowmore character is wonderfully complemented by intense sherry notes without overlaying them too much. Everything is in a complex and exciting interplay. A dream of whisky, it is a shame that such Bowmore bottlings are hardly available or at prices that are then unaffordable. Otherwise I could easily become a fan.
    • Nose
      94 94
      spicy-sweet; dark fruits; Plums; Raisins; red-fruity like berries and cherries; Tobacco; old leather; slightly earthy; Furniture polish; spicy wood notes; a wonderfully integrated delicate smoky note (campfire)
      - Great complex, barrel syrupy nose. The typical Bowmore elements are recognizable and are wonderfully complemented by strong sherry aromas without being superimposed. I could smell it forever.
    • Taste
      94 94
      voluminous and oily; syrupy; distinct oak spice - slightly tingling; Red berries; Raisins; Tobacco and old leather notes; dark chocolate; wonderfully integrated smoky note (campfire / ash) resonates; everything is wonderfully balanced and in an exciting interplay
    • Finish
      95 95
      becoming long and dry; astringent; distinct oak flavor without becoming bitter; the red fruits come through nicely at first; some cherry juice; old leather again; Dark chocolate; subtle campfire smoke

  13. mikekallmeier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    The first nose immediately promises "it has remained a bowmore" great! Despite the 21 years and the very intense influence of the barrel, the character of the distillery is recognizable. If you continue to smell it, you will simply be overwhelmed by the variety of flavors: “a lot of sherry, furniture polish, a little sweet mango in the background and the typical smell of Bowmore. I'm in heaven! "

    Palate:
    It lies heavy and full on the tongue and fills the entire mouth. Despite the 51.7% ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable and well integrated into the distillate. “Old leather and slightly sweet fruits spread on the tongue, more the tropical than the typical oranges! A couple of violets are not annoying. All water is removed from the tongue, after swallowing the black liquid, the entire mouth is covered and the tongue sticks to everything ... amazing! Sweetness, leather and some smoke remain!

    Finish:
    Long, just long! You can taste this malt in your throat the next morning after enjoying it in the evening.

    Not for connoisseurs of balanced malts and definitely not an all day dram!
    Is he good? Yes, without a doubt one of the best! Is it the best? No, there is no such thing as the best!

  14. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    He has everything, what one expects of a really good Bowmore (can expect?). Something like it might be again in the not so high priced segment. It's not that long ago ...
    • Nose
      93 93
      Barely poured, this Bowmore urges with significantly more than a handful of raisins and dried figs in the nose. Dressed in a mild smoky note. Tobacco notes, old leather, dry, old wood. Pleasantly musty and earthy with mushrooms and the scent of withered autumn foliage (in a late autumn forest walk, sunlit). Fermented grapes with subtle and unremarkable acidity. Marzipan bread, cinnamon, coriander, mint, white pepper.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Full, creamy and oily, almost creamy. Fat. Oak full, from the beginning pleasantly tart herbs. Café au lait, milk chocolate, almonds. Peppermint provides a certain freshness, where he has - as in the nose - more earthy character. The oak in combination with the herbs is already very intense, but also on the tongue encountered raisins and dried fruits remain here rather in the background.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish. Is becoming increasingly dry, the sweet raisins come back, oak and smoke soft, you want to sniff and taste again, oh, it would not be over yet ...

  15. 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

  16. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This was absolutely stunning. It was wonderfully complex. It was not overly sweet, overly funky, or overly influenced by the oloroso. It was a goldilocks dram, hitting so many different notes so well. If it had one major weakness it would be on the finish. If the finish was a bit longer or matched the palate a bit more, it would have been stunning. However, the finish is the only thing that really reminds you that this is a Bowmore and there is certainly some virtue in the distinctness of the distillery saying hello at some point.
    • Nose
      Burning incense, rosemary, and dried pine needles. Lovely and rich, the nose begins with delicate, but sinus clearing herbal notes. A dark, concentrated, and salty umami slowly emerges; it is dark shoyu, black vinegar, or blackened sea salt. Black plums and juicy stone fruits lurk in the background.
    • Taste
      A sweet and syrupy body that opens with pungent rich sandalwood. If there was such a thing as a wood bomb (though without the astringency that might imply), this would be it. Notes of cherry, dark chocolate, and espresso; there is a rich bitterness that follows the wood. Sweeter notes of concentrated sun-dried fruits or straw/raisin wine like Amarone are syrupy and thick. Wonderfully complex as it hits different notes across the palate.
    • Finish
      More typical Bowmore notes of tar, salt, and old leather emerge on the backend and linger on the finish.

  17. Macbaum scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Wow. I tasted the whisky directly at Bowmore and I have to say a very impressive whisky. Round, balanced and long on the finish.

  18. L_Gillian scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The sherry influence is quite intense, but there’s still plenty to discover that’s not sherry-derived , a drop of water does wonders in this regard.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Poured and left it for a while. Wafts of red fruit-infused dark chocolate and walnuts already lunge from the glass. It’s fat and oily, figs, dried dates and figs with a umami, grilled meat-like and saline quality. Furniture polish, some dark smoke to back it all up. Overall it’s clean sherry, modest peat and a lot of the inbetween notes likes oils and leather ointments. A real gentleman. Later on it’s initially more ointment-like, greasy wax, hessian and fresh more intense blueberries and strawberry jam.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Velvet mouth-filling syrups with a drying salty twang. Leather milk, fresh raspberries and hints of mint, subtle smoke and oily, earthy notes. Dark sherry sweetness, rich dry figs and a saline quality when chewing on further.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Perfect transition into a somewhat dry sherry profile with no off-notes. Literally lingers on until the morning after. Drying creaminess, sweet soy sauce, dark pralinée with sea salt.

  19. Luigisim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    At Bowmore bar, they still have one bottle for tasting. Tasted again after three years, even better this time. Exceptional match of Sherry and spirit. Cocoa, walnuts, dark chocolate melted with blackcurrant.

  20. YoungCee scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. JeanChan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. Thirstin scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Awesome Bowmore, Induced Involuntary Smiling

    Really dark. After 21 minutes in the glass, nose is very pleasant and classicly Bowmore, reminding me of the Laimrig, but more subtle. Tasting neat: Thick mouthfeel, oily. A prominent sweet, candied note develops, surrounded by dark undercurrents of leather, raisins, tobacco leaves, dark chocolate, with the dark peat smoke there but well in the background. Not much alcohol sting. Long development. Goes through a lot of phases of really dark flavours. It’s like they are moving at a such depth that I can’t quite identify them, like shadowy figures in the background of a Caravaggio painting … but I can feel how yummy they are. They are making an impression. Then the finish was extended for a really long time and manifested as an involuntary elevating of the smile muscles of my face (literally) for an extended period time. Can’t control the smile muscles.

    At 26 min Neat: Same as above, but the candied note is more prominent at the beginning. Added one drop of water at 35 minutes. Nose gets a high-pitched note that I experience as minty almond paste (like in an almond croissant). Palate is smoother, still really yummy, but in a bit of a different way from neat. But not diminished by a little water. A far-away but very clear surfacing of a peat note several seconds in. Long finish again. Finish is interesting in the way the tannic bitterness gradually comes out over several minutes this time. Wonderful Bowmore! Best one I’ve had. If I won the lottery, I would buy 10 bottles. Bowmore, please release more like this … the watered down, chill-filtered stuff you release is like defacing a work of art.

  23. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Dark fruity: dates, blackberries, raisins. Above that, the slightly perfumed Bowmore smoke, which here still has a slightly greasy note.
    Dark chocolate and mocha.

    Mouth:
    Astringent, strong oak influence. Potpourri of dark berries and dried fruits. Mocha, dark chocolate, a little mint. Smoke rather subtle.

    Finish:
    Long, dark fruit and oak.

    90/100

    Conclusion:
    Reminds me of the Mocha on the deck by Wemyss, although I found this Bowmore a bit more blatant. A tad too much oak for my taste. But whine on a high level, it's a great whisky.

  25. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Only a modern Islay smoker could prevail against this barrel. A successful combination, herbaceous-sweet, tasty.

  26. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  27. aspa scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    nose
    Very strong nose, it smells like the smell of the unbelievably dark color. Well-integrated alcohol, but an explosion of flavors. Spicy, only slightly sweet, also only slightly smoky. Tart sherry flavors, leather, leather furniture, cinnamon and old books. Very oily and heavy, slightly musty? A wave of citrus acid is added. Rump plums, raisins and dark chocolate. A little mint? Still more tart than sweet, although both are available. Blackberry jam?

    taste
    Powerful start, first with a little campfire smoke, then immediately with dripping sherry aromas and a little liquorice. The mint is also there, along with some forest honey. The smoke is definitely more present, but not dominant. The rum raisins and also the light orange or citrus acid are still included. Honey-glazed steak from the charcoal grill. Furthermore oily, heavy, slightly musty and clearly on the spicy side compared to only subtle sweetness. Absolutely mouth-filling, a small sip is enough and the aromas explode like when you first sniff. Nice complexity between the Bowmore distillate and the sherry barrel.

    Exit
    The smoke from the campfire stays in the mouth for a long time. In addition tart sherry flavors and still liquorice / liquorice, now stronger. Still soft but strong, here too the alcohol is still perfectly integrated. It is now clearly tart and spicy, and the mint flashes again. The glazed steak from the charcoal grill also gets stuck between your teeth :-)

    Conclusion
    A tasty, very strong and dominant Bowmore. Great to try - I wouldn't drink a bottle of it - or only very slowly. The aromas just pop out of the glass. A great experience!
    N-90, T-90, F-89 for delicious and for my taste as an anti-smoking very good 90 points
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. Willum scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Iron Lung scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    An exceptional whisky.
    I got a sample for my birthday.

    Clear 96 points

  31. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    As expected, a stunner. Brings everything that makes a heavy sherry bowmore in high concentration. You can tease out a lot with time and water.
    • Nose
      Pure: wet leather, cigar humidor, campfire smoke, chocolate and kirsch. These are the ingredients for a hot sherry bowmore. And this is the concentrate of it. Just like Springbank, no barrel manages to overwhelm the basic character of Bowmore. Great. Once it has matured in the open bottle for 6 months ... with water: mango, menthol, sweeter.
    • Taste
      thick, syrupy sweetness, dark forest honey, creamy but very cocoa-containing chocolate alde, salty smoke. The oak is there without being annoyingly bitter. Slightly spicy, fresh spelled bread. With water: more smoke comes through, classic Sherrybowmore profile. Very lightly medical, a little balsamic.
    • Finish
      very long, cocoa beans, cherry juice, leather and salt.

  32. JimJaws scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    I tried this whisky at the Whisky Fair in Nuremberg in March 2019 and was immediately impressed. Black color, great nose, a very balanced taste followed by an endless finish. Probably the whisky with the best finish I've ever had. Hats off, but the price is already very proud.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      99 99

  33. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Modern style sherried bowmore, Nice smoke, dark fruits chocolate orange, very enjoyable

  34. Whiskylove71 did not rate this whisky Newbie

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    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      100 100

  35. Budman90 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    If you need "the" gentle Whisky, this will be your master.

  36. Redo96 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Perfect.....

  37. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  38. Whisky-Dodo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Easy for a Wowdram!

  39. Whiskylove71 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    My favourite Bowmore Till now (2019)

  40. pavel whiskytractor scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    Very amazing influence of Oloroso and oak cask. Infinity finish...

  41. Stevie312 scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Best whisky I have had so far. Very fruity with nice sherry notes. Perfectly balanced. The finish is simply spectacular.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      98 98

  42. kanpai79 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

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

  43. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  44. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=376

    Colour:
    Oloroso sherry
    Nose:
    Floor wax, furniture polish, cedarwood, elderberry, blueberries and juicy dark cherries. In addition, there is a salty spice with traces of cinnamon, turmeric and cigar ash - great start - delicious!
    Taste:
    Soft, woody-spicy, very dry, the fruit is immediately suppressed and the fresh wood note takes its course. An extreme sweetness wedged in between and makes for stark contrasts. This is of course, as always a personal matter of taste, but at any rate too vague!
    Finish:
    Long - dry, woody and even getting drier. Raisins, chocolate, red grapes, elderberry, turmeric, vanilla and a little cinnamon stand against the bitter wooden wall with furniture polish - extremely dry and woody.
    88 points
    N: 92P / G: 86P / F: 85P

  45. Willum scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  46. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  47. nimbus2000 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    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.

  48. Ryan Smith85 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

  49. checkpointrk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. zerttbone did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Damn got this botlle with the heatrow 1997 edition and the 1988 vintage , if i set them together , this one is almost black of color.

  51. Luigisim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Sherry bomb.
    Not my best fit but I must admit it is smooth and tender.
    The % of alcohol if perfectly balanced.
    Extremely quaffable.

  52. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

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