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Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
25
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
2002
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
294
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Aug 2019 5:41 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145,98

14 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 2002 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] Bowmore performed a glorious comeback after its dark period (from end-seventies to end-eighties with unimpressive, heavily perfumed-soapy and flawed spirits) from 1989 onwards and so far I found no sign of weakening. That is why I look forward to this single cask release distilled in 2002...

    ...and yes, it is another high-quality and dangerously quaffable dram. It offers an adorable combo of sweet malty and bitter maritime-peaty notes which form a flawless tasty profile. It is not as complex as the sixties and early seventies Bowmore but who knows what will happen after another ten maturation years? I can easily imagine great stuff then...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an immediately impressive bold profile of both sweet barley sugary and maritime peaty notes in a balanced setting. There are many other aromas too, like resin, waxes, leather, used bandages, shy fruits and honeys, pine needles, a hint of salt, and and and... Quite interesting to explore and to be honest: This reminds me rather of an old Caol Ila (30+years) than a 20-years Bowmore. After some breathing nice chalky (coquina) and seawood impressions enrich this nose further.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is not really layered, unfortunately but composed of great flavours. Again sweet barley notes (cookies) and bitter peaty-smokey flavours play the leading roles supported by oily, autumn floral (wet haystacks), spicy and earthy notes. It is not as complex as the nose but very quaffable. After some chewing the waxes and resins show up as well. By the way, I just read the official tasting notes and like so often with Cadenhead I can not comprehend them, but who cares... Not as long as the stuff is that good! Water releases paraffin in the nose (that overpowers all the other aromas now) and it flattens both taste and finish. I like the neat dream best.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a creamy texture without any distracting moments. I like that! The finish is long and turns more to the bitter side which is fine given the overall profile. There are more of the peaty-smokey impressions (drinking green tea at a bonfire on an Islay beach), actually it is much more peaty than the usual Bowmore releases. But the sweeter flavours always ensure a balance on my taste buds and again there are no distracting drying or astrigent moments (apart from the bonfire smoke).

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Smells and tastes like a first fill cask. Quite textbook Bowmore - similar to the Feis Ile 2019 standard bottling.
    To my liking the cask has too much influence here on the sweet side. Up to 15 yo (shop anniversary bottling) I was very much in tune with it. Now at 17yo, the cask is a little overpowering.

    It is still a straight forward bourbon cask Bowie, but it is too (malty) sweet for me and has not enough fruit. The younger ones were a touch better imho. Hey, still arguing on a high level.

    Happy for the 4cl taste, don't need a bottle, good because it is rather sold out anyway...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    [Sep 19 outturn tasting - quick note] We're too far in the line-up for me to focus on what certainly deserves it. That's sad. But well, it's a good one and it's sold out : you don't need me to know that.
    • Nose
      There are some tinned hearts of palms here, as well as some sweet corn and light brine. Hemp ropes. Maybe some shy mandarine notes ? Fruity vinegars. Interesting. Integrated peat.
    • Taste
      More peat here, with this typical "chewing green branches" feeling I've got we've recent Bowmores. Well-balanced, this has a touch of citrus and ashes. This is nice stuff : should deserve more time and another context than being the 10th dram of this fast-paced outturn tasting.

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