Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Stated Age
33 years old
American Oak,Finished in Cognac Casks
46.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Jul 2020 1:49 pm by Whisky_Addicted

Average value

€ 454.27

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90 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Islay Violets 33-year-old ElD

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.23 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    His name says it all - violets and lavender - is too soapy for me - a classic example of why the Bowmores from the 80s are so notorious
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dominant floral notes, fabric softener, lavender soap, violets - bathed in a smoky ash cloud, some bacon, sandalwood and perfumed plum
    • Taste
      83 83
      Intensive soap, violets, smoke and bubble bath, later leather and plum - surprisingly little wood for the advanced age, only with the addition of water does the oak stand out more
    • Finish
      84 84
      a sour smoke note lingers in the throat for a long time

  2. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      It's really unusual what flows wonderfully towards you. Flowery notes with light smoke, herbs, a little perfume and suddenly spices like turmeric. Overall a mixture of sweetness and acidity, blood orange jelly. Over time, we turn to flowery jam.
    • Taste
      90 90
      I've been hanging on my glass for a long time now. Take a sip again and again and I'm fascinated. This is really rather a rare experience. Very floral at the beginning (is that the famous carnation?), Then becomes more and more fruity, accompanied by fine smoke, very subtle. Really lies comfortably on the tongue. For me, absolutely no bad grade. An interplay of perfume in cedar spice with lots of herbal accents. Then always sweeter and if you put off the flowery one, a beautiful orange with sweetness remains. Absolutely exciting.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish seems almost irrelevant to me with this whisky, as a little fruit remains and a smoky accent here and there, but I don't get that far because I keep hanging my nose in the glass.

  3. VossnWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    First of all, the color is beautiful, a deep, rich amber. The scent fills the room immediately , not only with smoke but a rich complexity.
    My opinion: I like it a lot. The amount of wood is kind of expected at that age, and I really like the herby notes because there is so much left to discover. Whether it's worth the price is a different story, but I would love to have this again.
    • Nose
      96 96
      field of wildflowers, greens and grasses dominate together with bold sweetness. There is a lot of fruit that’s hard to decipher, warm and dripping with sweet juice, maybe a warm plum cake. You can barely feel the alcohol. the smoke makes itself noticeable with a slight smell of smoked black forest ham. If you let it rest for a few moments, you will find rich, wet soil, and more herbs. We can finally find the promised violets together with roses and hibiscus. Makes it feel very „clean“ like fresh laundry. The cognac can be recognized as such in the nose.
      Almonds or Marzipan become hazelnuts with a very sour note reminiscent of physalis or kumquat. Grassy and malty, in a way.
    • Taste
      92 92
      This one packs a punch and gets you out of left field, because it’s noting like the nose. All warmth and sweetness is gone and makes way for smoke and another array of herbs. Basil, Thyme, and Rosemary (Reminiscent of the song „Scarborough Fair“: Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme..) makes you feel like walking though a cottage garden or busy kitchen. Also a violent about of oak, like biting on a plank, a bit of burnt wood. Cornflower and Bergamot as well as raw cacao mingle and give it a bit of spice.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Finish: Long. Very, very, long. Gets drier and drier then leaves you with cacao shells, black tea and bitter orange. You can still feel it im your gums, not your throat, long after the last sip. And again, oak.

  4. Islay1815 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is really a challenge. But every time it gets deeper and more interesting. Really not a whisky that you can find on every corner and therefore absolutely really recommended to try!

    If the rumors are true and it's a 1980s Bowmore, then it's really very subtle, elegant and reserved for this Islay whisky.

    Issue price approx. 450 €
    Color: copper
    Medium oiliness in the glass.
    • Nose
      86 86
      First comes sage, lilac, lavender. Blossom honey and marzipan spread out underneath. At the corners I have lemon peel barely noticeable smoke and a slight mint freshness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      No heavy liquid, on the contrary, the whisky spreads easily and pleasantly in the mouth. No burning from alcohol.
      Subtle fruit sweetness is reminiscent of overripe oranges.
      Light smoke appears. Flowery and resinous aroma with spruce needles and light oak spice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A subtle fruity sweetness of citrus fruits or oranges and again the lavender remain in addition to a fine aftertaste of smoked wood.

  5. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Violets? This sounds like a 1980s Bowmore (Germany: 449 EUR);

    And didn't we notice a Peat's Beast 34y with ex-Cognac-finish, too? Another Bowmore? (Price around 350 EUR) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/159814

    PR material:

    "Nose: Intense flowery with the aroma of Parma Violet Drops and jasmine. Clear notes of furniture polish, lemon peel and laundry drying in the fresh air contrast with the smoky character of flamed sage.

    Palate: An alpine garden in summer: delicate violet blossoms mix with woody and resinous notes of juniper, pine and rosemary. Slightly tangy and warming like a champagne cocktail with grapefruit juice and rose syrup.

    Finish: Refreshing, herbaceous notes of dried mint, eucalyptus, rosemary and fresh coriander leaves are balanced with the sweetness of lavender perfume and candied fennel seeds. "

  6. SherryDrone scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    A wonderful whisky. Cognac cask finish compliments the vintage islay peat gorgeously.

    Colour: Amber

    Nose: Sage. Subtle citrus notes with sweetness. Peat but very subdued & infused. A bit of this trio - camphor, menthol & eucalyptus but very subtle. As the name suggests there’s those wild flowers on the nose. Some moist lavender notes.
    Palate: The cognac cask influence is not overwhelming. That grapey, winey flavour has infact become very floral and sweet. Peat is subtle and lovely. Little bit of brandy notes. Aged oak, caramel custard, a bit of rose powder with lilac, lavender floral notes. Complex. Not heavy but mild and gentle. The lower ABV is so lovely.

    Finish: Gorgeous finish. Mild peat, sweetness, some herbal notes which starts off bitter but fades, menthol and lavender.

    A complex dram. Cognac cask finish has worked quite well. Pricey but a superb 33yo that’s so savoury.

  7. ralle1968 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Floral but heavy. More like behind Grandma in church. Once again she didn't skimp on the sweet scent because she can no longer smell sensible.

    So yes: violets, but also lavender, plus lilac, butterfly bush and cedarwood moth balls. Open the oak cupboard, take out the old stole ... slightly musty. It's actually quite interesting, the whole thing. Not one to take off when screaming, but full of pictures. A storyteller for the nose.

    After a good time in the glass: more oak, more vanilla, less violets on the nose.

    On the palate again violets ... oily ... then sweet oak spice ... somewhat one-dimensional in the taste profile for the age and the price.

    Is that soapy? Tastes more like violet pastilles ... artificial ... violet mouse bacon! But no smoke.

    In the finish: sweet, then a hearty bite in a chipboard. Violets again at the end.

    So: exciting nose, average taste, unique finish. I can drink it well, but it would be more like a 60 euro bottle.

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      aromatic and elegant at the same time, a hint of smoky, fine oak notes, trace of cognac, slightly flowery with a hint of lavender, slightly sweet and fruity, some citrus fruits and old oak cupboard.
    • Taste
      92 92
      somewhat smoky and a little spicy, aromatic, fine notes of dry oak, slightly flowery and slightly perfumed. Now delicately tart with dark chocolate / cocoa, a hint of barrel and coffee, spices. Again, slightly smoky, fresh orange, again slightly flowery and a trace of soapy? Some lemon and ash.
    • Finish
      90 90
      delicate tart oak / chocolate, smoke and ash, hint of lemon. Covering the palate for a moment, lingering for a long time. The smoky note and ash increase in the finish.

  9. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Yes, violets and lavender - Grandma's closet and mothballs. Did I let the name influence me? Without announcing what it is, the glass is handed to the better half: "Uhh, what's that? Cheap perfume, mothballs".
    With a little time in the glass herbs - sage, thyme. Bowmore smoke often has something "perfumed" for me, which I also find here, with a sweetish floral note. I find some eucalyptus, incense sticks, some liquorice (Dutch). Damp linen. At first I don't notice anything clear in my nose from the cognac barrel.

    First of all, the first few seconds in the mouth are dominant violets, lavender. With a little time in the mouth, there is a subtle ash note. Some thyme, some acacia honey. Lavender candy, and that remains the dominant aroma.

    Lavender and violets. subtle wood tones. light incense and ash notes.


    Conclusion: For me this is an aroma that does not belong in a whisky in terms of intensity and which I therefore see as a false note. It is not undrinkable, but there is no pleasure either. The alcohol is well integrated, the oak is not too dominant, that would be positive points that I would mention.

  10. dr.mad scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Vanilla, lavender, mountain heather
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry, floral
    • Finish
      95 95
      Old bottle effect, sal ammoniac, salt


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