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 9:21 am by SteveW110
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 899,50

78 × in wishlist

138 × member ratings

256 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.01 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 that dominates sherry kegs, not bitterness, but the red fruits. I like it!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Despite the 51.7% Vol. Slightly alcoholic, withered bramble, 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. 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. wisekycourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

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

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Oloroso sherry
    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!
    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!
    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

  9. Willum scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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


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