Bowmore Tempest

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release No. 2
Stated Age
10 years old
First-fill Bourbon Casks
56.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
17 Oct 2010 12:31 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 173.02

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227 × member ratings

652 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Tempest

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.84 points

  1. Thirstin scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Lemon pith, fresh clean sea water, yummy salty sweetness and peat near a charred log in a pine forest near the sea. Powerful, fat, salty maritime character. Slightly medicinal but very clean. In your face intensity, but elegant at the same time. Nose: I love the clearly defined lemon pith note. And a little lemon rind, clean sea water, faint sea salt and peat. A little note of pine tree needles. Fine oak. Palate: Extremely briny, balanced sweetness, some lemon pith and juice, a little pepper, lots of yummy peat on the exhale. Lots of yummy flavor and great balance. Finish: long, clean and briny. Last dram of the bottle had layers and layers of concentrated sea brine. A wonderful Scotch!

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose is complex, the light smoke brings additional tension, I like that. It's rarely the case, but with this whisky, the mouth is thickened, even though it basically repeats everything the nose has already promised. The finish completes the picture in a wonderful way. A very good, complex, exciting and very tasty whisky.
    blind tasting
    • Nose
      light, restrained smoke, some vanilla, yellow apple, behind it a little lemon, spicy, oak, a little delayed peach and a hint of apricot, resin, a little honey
    • Taste
      Strong onset, again immediately gentle smoke, apricot and peach, honey, malt, sweet, tender oak notes, in the second sip, add some herbs and slightly bitter apple peel
    • Finish
      In my head the image of a burnt wooden board, which lies on the beach of the North Sea, comes back to the peaches, the apples and apricots, but in the background as before in the mouth and nose, oak and smoke dominate in the finish.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2011]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a nice fruity and peaty profile with a rich body.  But I liked the first edition (Batch No. 1) a little better...

  4. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    fine whisky that makes Bowmore recognizable but does not have to. Unfortunately not quite so "on line" and honestly not a replacement for the old CS.
    • Nose
      Sweet and clean, a little reserved, vanilla, resin and hints of fruit, peat, definitely also Bowmorean interpretations, but not nearly as direct as the old CS.
    • Taste
      Very peaty, a lot of vanilla, also felt fresh wood, a few sawdust, slightly musty peat, some ashes.
    • Finish
      a little "Bowmore", otherwise rather peat, vanilla, smoke, minimal herbaceous, some fruit and unfortunately quite fast away.

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore is my least known Islay Malt. I've tried some of the entry level malts and we really haven't hit it off. Older Bowmore's have a huge following, I know - but I confess I'm a little lost with this distillery - despite visiting it many times. I bought this one on JM's Recommendation(93/100) and I was not disappointed. There's a really fresh smokiness - unlike its more phenolic neighbours. The peat doesn't hide the rest of whats going on - so it adds up to a complex interesting Malt - reminded me of some Taliskers.

    Seaside brininess, molasses, brown sugar, sherry, touch of oak spice and bonfires on a beach... (2014)

    Well worth a punt. I have another one tucked away - So perhaps I'll update my notes when I retry.

    90pts from me! 

  8. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a very good bowmore, better than I remembered it (84) § points up, so: 87/100
    • Nose
      a straightforward, spirit driven bowmore nose with no sherry influence. gentle peat smoke, lemons, a little brine and faint oak. perhaps hints of olives and hints of vanilla. sunflower oil.
    • Taste
      earthier and more bowmore-ish on the palate.
      lots of smoky lemons, salt, ashes. almost a little springbanky!
    • Finish
      medium to long, dry.

  10. domani scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    With Bowmore, I'm absolutely not warm, the alcoholic strength is too dominant to me, partially drowned the smoke and is sometimes uncomfortable - 24.03.2017
    • Nose
      Light smoke, alcoholic and for me typical Bowmore, white chocolate, rice waffles, with water, it opens a little and the alcoholic strength fades, citrus fruits come through reinforced
    • Taste
      Light burn, smoky, nut aromas, vanilla, bitterness, dark chocolate, cocoa, as fruit only the lemon remains
    • Finish


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