Bowmore 20-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Double Matured in Oloroso & PX Casks
Number of bottles
50.7 % Vol.
700 ml
David Simson
gb United Kingdom
Added on
03 Oct 2020 12:06 am by Whisky_Addicted

Average value

£ 450.44

92 × in wishlist

118 × member ratings

349 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 20-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.06 points

  1. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Jim McEwan describes this as one of the best whiskies he ever made - comparable to Black Bowmore.

  2. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I never had a Black Bowmore in my glass, but it must hell good!

    And this is, I would expect, compared to a Bowmore Black way worse ;) Nevertheless, opened the bottle after a nice tasting including a Glenallachie 1989 and a Royal Mile 40 Blended Malt and I just can say it was phenomenal. You think of a Glendronach Parliament all the time when it comes to the maturing of this Bowmore, the age is close to it as well. And it is really enjoyable straight from the bottle into the glass without any dilution.
    Sweet Bowmore smoke, dark fruits, perfectly integrated alcohol as it should be with around 50% anyway. Voluminous, warming and charming.
    In the mouth oily and complex, this is Bowmore at its best. Could even be a little bit stronger, but this is critizing on a high level.

    All in all, also for a higher price, this bottle should be opened and not kept for making profit. Really nice stuff!
    Close to the 1997 dstillery manager's selection.

  3. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    price in distillery in October 2020: 219 pounds

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    22.5-23-23-22.5 Bowmore sweet smoke, perfectly integrated alcohol
    • Nose
      sweet smoke, cherries, notes of skin
    • Taste
      fatty, oily, spicy and sweet, complex
    • Finish
      the finish is quite long, notes of skin and dark fruit

  5. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Shop info: "It has spend 15 years in oloroso casks and 5 years in PX casks."

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. SMC-HH scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I bought two bottles and got a sample with them. This is actually the best Bowmore I've tasted so far. In my opinion it even surpasses the ingenious Bowmore 30 years Sea Dragon.

  8. Vintage1970 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Delicate smoky sugars, chocolate, pralines, theres something coastal about this one which i rarely see in aged bowmores, light menthol, cinnamon, that might sounds weird but theres a slight sauternes wood smell coming in deeper. I could nose this for hours. Completely wonderful
    • Taste
      90 90
      Rich, oily, complex oh wowww!!! The age in PX is just phenomenal. It brings all the good wood & spices balance. Not too much spices from the oloroso, i guess its shutting down the px sugar a bit. Which is wonderful. Red fruits, marmelade, just so comforty.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Red fruits from the PX, delicate smoke in the background, chocolate, some small bitterness from the oloroso which stays for a while.


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