Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The feis ile collection 2019
Stated Age
15 years old
1st Fill Bourbon
Number of bottles
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 May 2019 10:10 pm by Dirk
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 235.75

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.89 points

  1. 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.

  2. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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.

  3. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted by Angus MacRaild on Whiskyfun: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivemay19-2-Cragganmore-Clynelish-Benrinnes.html#300519

  4. 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.

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    straw yellow
    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!
    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!
    Long - peaty-dry, dark-fruity and with a lot of smoke and wood - softly fading out.
    A rather unusual or untypical Bowmore, as we find!
    89 points
    N: 90P / G: 88P / F: 88P

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.

    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.

    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.


  9. 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

  10. 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


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