Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
87.86/100
votes
214
Whiskybase ID
WB132214
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Feis Ile Collection 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9 119 B3 21401529
Barcode
5010496005347
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
25 may 2019 10:10 pm by Dirk
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 278.57

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214 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

35 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.86 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  2. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22+ 22+ 21+ 22 88+

    A beautiful rich soulful drinkable whisky from Bowmore, from a marine flavor to a sweet peppery taste! An ex-bourbon aged classic! I can only imagine how good he is on location!)

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet; very faint smoke only; fresh and fruity; apples; pears; also hints of tropical fruit in the background; Vanilla; Herbs; at the beginning there is always a slightly soapy-flowery note (not disturbing but not quite my thing either - but fortunately it disappears completely over time)
      - nice, sweet and very fruity nose, the smoke only plays a minor role
    • Taste
      89 89
      also very sweet in the mouth; creamy; fruit notes; Honey; Vanilla; White pepper; here the smoke is clearer now; Oak
    • Finish
      88 88
      slightly dry; tart-spicy; White pepper; fruit notes; fresh oak wood; smoke

  4. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. mudshark scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/05/02/some-2019-festivals-bottlings/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It’s a sweet vanilla smoky ashy bowmore, it scratches the itch. Bowmore isn’t my first Islay love and I do like sherried expressions a bit more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry smoke, saline and sweetness, vanilla, peppery
    • Taste
      89 89
      Ashy, creamy, earthy, vanilla sweetness again,
    • Finish
      87 87
      Tart oak, the sweetness cloys, white pepper, dry ashy peat

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The aroma is dominated by a salty sea theme, the taste is sweeter and classically aile. Delicious work.
    • Nose
      In the beginning, quite chaotic, seaweed, iodine, dried meat, sea salt, berry sour, a little smoke, plastic, chalk, lemon, smoked, dates, green apple, a little oak and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, smoky, pepper, soot, lemon, paint.
    • Finish
      Sweet, date, smoke, long, oily, soot, lemon, green apple, paint.

  9. Paulsen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Notes of a blind tasting:

    Nose: fresh, cool, mint, probably high alcohol content with 52-54%, wonderfully integrated. Initially subliminal smoke, glowing ash, coconut and caramelized bacon. Heather and minimal oak. Not really the typical bourbon flavors. Becomes softer, sweeter. Pressed warm bananas, dark sugar and cozy fireplace smoke remain.

    Mouth: no trace of + 50%, I suspect 16-18 years class single cask. Ash, sweet and fruity, salty,

    Finish: sweet, meaty, vanilla, smoke. Generally a “maritime” medium finish of the great dram. Not a stinker and a lot to discover.

  10. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Islay Festival 2020-Dram, (virtual) Bowmore Open Day.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. SFWC scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Upping my score from 78-84 as this improved immensely with some months of oxygen. Very saline a la vintage Talisker and the peat is for once pleasantly integrated. My only gripe is the cask vanilla and sweet notes mask quite a bit of the distillate character despite a lovely orange and lemony barley note that wants to take center stage. Salty and nicely bittersweet on the finish. A very decent modern whisky and well made distillate would just like a bit more balance with the maturation.

  12. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Peaty, mineral nose, some varnish and ink. The peat is vegetal, delicious, with a grassy finish

  13. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  14. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fresh wet wood and lots of vanilla (1st fill says hello), sun-dried herbs, sea breeze and wet sand. Sugared lavender, oh yeah! A very nice bowmore!

  15. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  17. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Very sweet, honey, vanilla, sour-fermented, maritime, with fresh citrus and marzipan. There seems to be little smoke, and I feel like he is getting sweeter. Needs a lot of time to open up, elderberry, white wine and gooseberry, gradually more earthy and smoky.

    Mouth: Sweet, round and balanced, honey-kingdled, slightly cassis and elderberry, otherwise not really fruity. Now also peaty, earthy, well integrated alcohol, all the time pervaded by a sweet toffee / vanilla note.

    Finish: Pretty long, a bit bland and out of round.

    Conclusion: Well, ansich a good whisky, but clearly lacking an individual character. A lot of sweet cask hides the distillery character!

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  18. Teresa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. megabreit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      pleasant smoke, vanilla and beeswax, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouthwashed with lots of vanilla, again beeswax, grapefruit and green bananas, the smoke pleasant to beat without the other flavors
    • Finish
      91 91
      Vanilla and fruit remain medium-long and warming, becoming drier, chalk dust

  20. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very good one!
    • Nose
      88 88
      very sooty at first, burning charcoal, salt, lemons, floor wax, ashes, petrol jelly.
      with water: less sooty and ashy and hints of tropical fruits now.
    • Taste
      90 90
      with water: ahhh, much more accessible now. lots of lemons, grapefruit, hints of passion fruit. slightly sweet in the beginning. Hints of incense but not disturbing. Olive brine. Oily mouthfeel
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, getting drier without any bitterness. petrol, wool, lemons

  21. face scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  22. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    When I saw the barrel shape of this wine, I was still a bit disappointed. The style of the Islay peat whisky in the Bourbon barrel is simple and predictable, and the similarity is high. But this wine is almost the best state of Bourbon Peat Whisky, smelling cigarettes light, fruity, vanilla, sweet dessert, and fresh and marine atmosphere, coordinated and delicate. Intense smoky and rich fruity, the personality of the palate is full of character, and the sea salt is just right for the brightening effect. However, the problem is still the use of barrels, Boben buckets have determined that the upper limit is not high, but within the scope of this, this wine is the best.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pour the wine, smell the oil, lemon peel, the dog hair that had just been bathed, after a while, vanilla, butter cake, lemon tart, and finally the kelp salty oysters that just came out of the water.
    • Taste
      89 89
      At the entrance, the vanilla sugar mixes with the smoky smoke, the lemon juice has a fresh acidity, and the salty salty sea salt adds a wide taste to the mouthfeel, after swallowing, soot, orange juice, honey water.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long aftertaste, wood burning, roasted nuts, sea salt, lemon, vanilla.

  23. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It does not always have to be the sherry keg at Bowmore, Bowmore and Bourbon-Cask are a great match. Great combination.
    Cadenhead's has been in Bourbon barrel matured Bowmore for quite some time. The five years younger Tempest is going well in this direction - like more of it, also and especially as Destillerieabfüllung.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Starts with apple notes, Williams pear, banana bran, vanilla and light smoky notes. Fruity and inviting. Honey and yeast dough, juniper berries, bay leaves. The spices come slowly, but clearly want to play along and stay longer than a moment. From time to time the apples become must, a pleasantly musty, musty note mixes with them, like evaporating canned fruit in an old building cellar.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Here he is, the smoke. On the tongue now with full power, but creamy and velvety on the tongue. Vanilla and honey, honeydew melon, applesauce, marzipan bread. Dry wood, not too long. Slightly floral with touches of a freshly mown wildflower meadow. Some citrus. Chocolate, milk coffee. Some lovage and pepper. Apricot jam.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long to long, slightly dry, mildly spicy, fruity, fresh wood and smoke make a nice connection, citrus and apple get the fruity part, which still hangs on the tongue.

  25. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Colour:
    straw yellow
    Nose:
    Dark fruits of elderberry, wild berries and currants (cassis), tons of peat and phenols, wet coal, ash / cigar ash, smoke and always sweet accents of fruit and honey - newfangled, but good!
    Taste:
    Soft, sweet, peaty-salty and lined with dark fruit notes. Coal, ash, maritime smoke, wood and again and again these fruity cassis notes. Also here, kept modern and altogether too cute, but straightforward!
    Finish:
    Long - peaty-dry, dark-fruity and with a lot of smoke and wood - softly fading out.
    Comment:
    A rather unusual or untypical Bowmore, as we find!
    89 points
    N: 90P / G: 88P / F: 88P

  26. Willum scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  27. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A raw bourbon Bowmore. It reminds me of the Bw5 from Elements of Islay with a bit less tropicalness. A typical bourbon Bowmore and very good release for Feis Ile.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal notes (sea shells, seaweeds and brine), mineral notes (pencil shavings), lemons, tar and light medicinal notes. In the background, hints of tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      Sharp, oily, lemony, peppery, coastal and mineral. A nice tropicalness in the background.
    • Finish
      Long, zesty, smoky, ashy and briny.

  28. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Excellent molt, strong and energetic (88)
    • Nose
      Flowers and vanilla, notes of a cleric and herbs ... melon and exotic fruits, paper ... prunes and raw pastries and a little smoky sawdust (22)
    • Taste
      Oily, salty, fruity and spicy (22)
    • Finish
      Spicy, spicy, fruit and mint finish, melon and farm hint (22)

  30. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An absolute stunning Bowmore! A crowd-pleaser, as I think you don’t necessarily have to be an Islay enthusiast to like this. Just delicious. And absolutely worth its money. The release price, that is.
    • Nose
      A nice lingering smoke. It’s briny, and there is a scent of a sea breeze. if that makes sense. Shells and minerals. Lemon peels. And a hint of vanilla custard. Fruits, which reminds me of unripe pears, but later I also have green bananas. There’s a slight medicinal note. And a little bit of mint in the background. With water: Softer and fruitier. A hint of rope and lychees?
    • Taste
      Some smoke here as well, but quite elegant. Vanilla custard again. And a sour note from lemons. A hint of green bananas. Somewhat salty or briny maybe and minerals. Later also grapefruit. Water: More of the vanilla custard and less smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long and the peat is more dominant now. The fruits are more to the background.

  31. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very exciting and also delicious, one has the feeling of whisky glowing all the time and rarely drunk a sweet whisky with such a dry mouthfeel.
    • Nose
      light smoke, salty, slightly spicy, then solid ripe yellow fruit, neat vanilla, marzipan, slightly waxy, sweet and slightly tart, orange, yes that comes out quite well, overall very present and warming, but the basic essence is the light maritime Smoke, with time, more and more spicy oak comes through, bringing with it something dark, with hints of smoked oysters and lemon
    • Taste
      he fills his mouth, first comes the light smoke, then again a lot of vanilla, creamy, sweet, here too slightly tart fruit, orange or almost grapefruit, but only almost, salt at the tip of the tongue, also has something almost like lime, pleasant to drink also without water, quite smoky for a Bowmore, nice and intense and this tart sweet orange note in the middle part is great
    • Finish
      the smoke stays long and here then quite dominant, a few sips of lemon, still this feeling of lime, vanilla, dry

  32. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A stunner.
    • Nose
      A nice salinity gives it a subtle coastal influence, as do the kippers, but it's mainly the tropical fruits that strike a note with me. Sweet mango, tinned pineapple, pear skin, lychees and tangerine. This is damn near perfect early 2000s Bowmore to me.
    • Taste
      A whiff of smoke and tar, but subtle and with great harmony. Somewhat briny and a pinch of seaweed. Those classic Bowmore fruits in the background just really do it for me. Some bitter grapefruit, lychees again, a touch of lemon peel as well. Finally a touch of white pepper.
    • Finish
      Smoke, peat, lemon and salt. Long.

  33. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    The first impression: pure harbor. Moist dew, a stall with smoked fish, algae. Some lemon zest.
    Without water very one-dimensional in the smell, but the profile like.
    With water, however, a fragrance rises from the glass that does not suit me at all. Something Erika and behind it an artificial-perfume-like note, like a cheap, old-fashioned lady's perfume.
    Unfortunately the perfume will become more and more penetrating in the nose.

    Mouth:
    A slightly sharp onset, again salty, an oyster with a splash of lemon juice, very mineral and almost a little waxy.

    Finish: medium length, vanilla.

    Conclusion:
    For me, a disappointing Bowmore, a little one-dimensional and the perfume note was so penetrating to my taste that it is a false note for me.

    84/100

  34. checkpointrk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

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