Bowmore 30-year-old Sea Dragon

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Black Ceramic Bottle
Added on
06 Jun 2020 11:15 pm

Average value

€ 3717.79

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315 × member ratings

329 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 30-year-old Sea Dragon

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  As these ceramic bottles proved to be problematic with respect to bottle evaporation over time and as no one can check the filling level visually due to its black colour I did a weight measuring exercise tonight when I opened another bottle that I bought for 181 Euro in November, 2003.  So here it is:

    The weight of the unopened 700 ml bottle was exactly 1399 gramm and it yielded 675 ml of delicious Bowmore whisky.  The tara weight of the empty bottle (incl. the cork stopper and plastic cork wrap) was 754 gramm.  So if you own a bottle then your actual weight difference to 1399 gramm will yield you 1,045 ml per gramm less or more of this adorable stuff.  But keep in mind that they filled these bottles usually with more than 700 ml when considering how much the angels took off your bottle...

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This was what happened when I did a head to head of different oldder Bowmore.   

    Before I started on the three 1972 offerings there was a clear front runner - the Sea Dragon had the best nose and palate.     


    Bowmore 30 year 43% Sea Dragon ceramic OB        

    Bowmore 1964 Gold 44year 42.4% OB       

    Bowmore 1972/1990 Samaroli Flowers 43%    

    Bowmore 1956 bottled 1980`s 43% OB    

    Bowmore 1972 36 year cask 3881 LMDW 48.8% Prestonfield     

    Bowmore 1972 16 year cask 1036-1039 43% Prestonfield       

    Bowmore 1965 20 year 48.5% Intertrade .       

    All of these Bowmore are quality but the Sea Dragon was a clear winner on nose and palate and I have revised my score upwards of the 64 Gold,the Samaroli had a great nose.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  At the birthday of a very good friend I opened another bottle of this delicious stuff and it emptied at a dangerous speed, what else?  These bottles were sold for 180 Euro (350 Deutschmark) around the year 2000 so the whisky was distilled in the glory sixties (the best period of Bowmore).

    Simply great stuff from the past - but always remember there were quite a lot of different batches of this 30 year old sea dragon.  They are all great but - of course - different.  This batch is one of the best I had so far (unfortunately there is no chance to identify the different batches before opening the bottle and tasting it - one of the main differentiating factors is the colour)...
    • Nose
      95 95
      The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows the characteristics of a great spirit: slow legs and late fat sticky tears. The nose is all about the typical Bowmore fruitiness of the sixties - a walk across a tropical fruit market. Some nice peaty aromas too, and all in a close to perfection harmony and balance. I can sniff such stuff for hours...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste offers this tropical fruit market again and is amazingly fresh and powerful. One to chew for minutes. There are more peaty flavours than in the nose and some floral notes too. All in all very complex and delicate with - again - not a single flaw or distracting off-note.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The mouthfeel is instantly coating and a little peppery, but no distracting moments at all. The finish that is long, flawless and layered with more spices and chocolatey aromas. Water is not needed as it flattens both nose and taste without adding significant new impressions.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Amazing fruit bomb, especially on the nose, after that the taste and the finish is almost a bit thin.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Wonderfully floral and fruity, especially pineapple, mango, papaya and cherry. Caramel, honey, iodine and adhesive plaster. Creamy peat and earth.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Refined and elegant. Tropical fruits, honey, citruses, spicy oak and creamy peat.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, spicy, oaky.

  5. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    End rhyme--------------------92

  7. Seele scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    N grass, green apple, OBE is obvious, honey
    T peach, wood, some creamy, some walnuts or almonds, a little salty
    F medium, maltose, bitters from almonds. A wine that works, but not my cup of tea
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. jrsheppa scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Sea dragon is why you collect whisky. Classic old Bowmore. A subdued almost chalky peat. Hints of plaster like Port Ellen. Dominant grapefruit note on both the nose and palate. Delicate, well balanced but really full flavored. One of the best whiskies I have had. I only wish it were cheaper.

  10. macwhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    To determine how much content is still available in the bottle, I weighed my empty bottle - including a ceramic cork 742 grams.


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