Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
02 Jun 2007 1:11 pm

Average value

€ 277.28

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102 × member ratings

290 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Enigma

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.77 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Remarkably varied and complex. Only 40%, but still a wealth of well-matched flavors.
    • Nose
      Great spice with aromas of old leather and dark, dried fruits, clouded by a slight hint of smoke. In time, it will refresh and the fruits will be brighter.
    • Taste
      Intensive start despite only 40% ABV. Grape-sweet peat smoke, which lays dry on the tongue. Feinherbe kitchen herbs with woody impact, pepper & salt. Bitter orange marmalade with pieces. Then milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long and dry, with cold smoke and a compote of dark forest berries.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An altogether very harmonic and pleasant Bowmore no off flavors no bump "here I am tasty flavors whisky" but a fine complex Bowmore of the old kind
    • Nose
      Wood, herbs, spicy
      sweet apricot / orange
      with floral notes dark with light sweet fruit
      a nice soft composition
    • Taste
      light salt water with spicy pulp
      and soft chocolate cream on the palate
      hardly any smoke
      already a touch of needles from the juniper tree pleasant mouth
    • Finish
      Here you can feel most of his secret
      fine sweetness, slightly fruity
      a bit sour
      soft smoke
      sweet notes of wood that gently interfere
      a very nice finish
      wow good
      the finish gets a good 89 points

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Overall, very consistent and delicious, in the mouth show the 40% unfortunately a bit thin.
    • Nose
      86 86
      beautiful, filigree, gentle slightly ashy smoke, in addition to not too intrusive Sherrynoten, sweet, slightly greasy, slightly bubbly, vanilla, old leather, spices
    • Taste
      83 83
      The mouthfeel is rather watery, sweet with sherry, a little shower, raspberry, but also slightly dry, the ashen smoke is there, a little bit of sulfur, rather thin in the taste, a bit more intense at the second sip, but also something of the classic violet
    • Finish
      84 84
      dry in the finish, the oak now strikes, wood, the smoke lingers on the palate for a long time, from time to time also red fruits come up, which go here however more in the sourish

  4. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great whisky for then 35 €. In the past I was more enthusiastic about the "fatter", sweeter Enigma (maybe I fell for the name and the black box), today I like the more elegant normal 12 (from then on) better.
    • Nose
      dull, dry sweetness, warm wood smoke, dried fruits, raisins, milk chocolate ... later still a light freshness and a hint of phenol
    • Taste
      dry-spicy-sweet, there is pepper, Storck giants, dark fruit (in moderation - sherry, blackberry jam?), molasses, campfire ... for 40% quite substantial
    • Finish
      medium length, dark chocolate, ashes

  6. markkerr02 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Test 059: Bowmore Vertical with Iain McCallum - 060401
    The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Bowmore 12Y 399: - 0 points Glass 2 Bowmore Enigma 12Y 375: - (100 cl) 6 points Glass 3 Bowmore 16Y, cask strength 650: - 11 points Glass 4 Bowmore 17Y 575: - 33 points Glass 5 Bowmore 25Y 1299: - 49 points Glass 6 Bowmore 30Y 3000: - 4 points
    Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Bowmore Enigma 12Y Color Light amber Fragrance Weak smoke tones Taste Sweetie, nutty, oily, smoke tones Aftertaste Medium with fattones http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2059%20Bowmore%20Vertikal.html

  7. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice Bowmore, probably from the early 90s. Very soft and harmonious. Grassy, herbaceous and mineral with a nice pomelo cover. Soft, floral-dry smoke. Very velvety on the tongue. I like it very much. It's just a shame that it was diluted down to 40%.

  9. Georges scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Georges scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, sweet cherry, heather honey
    • Taste
      Smoke, peat, sherry, some lemon
    • Finish
      saltiness, rounded finish with warm smoke


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