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

€ 203.27

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Tempest

24 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.89 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. JvDijk scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    surprising smoke at the finish, good dram
    • Nose
      60 60
      wee bit smoke, appel, lemon
    • Taste
      74 74
      bit strong at first, lemon, appel
    • Finish
      76 76
      smoke, warming, fruit,

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    good bourbon islay
    • Nose
      87 87
      Clear vanilla, loosely swirled by smoke, hints of tropical fruits
    • Taste
      87 87
      Massive and intense, again the Bourbon vanilla, even with the addition of water it remains peppery and sharp, the ashy smoke becomes clearer, green plums
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, clear smoke with fruity sweetness

  5. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Thirstin scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    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!

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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! 

  10. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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

  14. jankes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Waykid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Rather nervous in initial character but rewarding once you got the water right. A pretty heavy hitter, really intensive in comparison to the distilleries tender contemporary normal line. And good stuff indeed.

  16. Albaron scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    Nothing special. The smoke goes down in the alcohol, in the mouth, the alcohol is surprisingly not so strong, but the aromas are pretty boring and arbitrary, not my cup of tea.
    • Nose
      light smoke, alcohol, some sweetness, caramel, vanilla, a little hay and grass clippings, as well as some herbs, almost smells like an Irishman
    • Taste
      light smoke, some malt, then herbs, toffee, vanilla and a hint of citrus
    • Finish
      the smoke disappears quickly, leaving a few herbs and a touch of fresh tangerine and then comes young oak.

  17. Dram The Man scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very nice, typical Bowmore.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke.
    • Taste
      First sweet, than salt & pepper, a little citrus and than the smoke is emerging in full force.
    • Finish
      The smoke stays at full force till the end, strong finish.

  18. Mushinico scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. ducksingel scored this whisky 87 points Editor

    Great distillery expression. Much better than their standard stuff.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Bowmore Tempest vertical tasting 2013_02.
    • Nose
      First of: a lot of smoke, dry bright wood, some leather, some red apples, some metallic notes (82)
      First of w water: smokey, dry bright wood, slightly metallic, linseed oil, a tad plasticy & some mushrooms (83)
      Later: better balance & more interesting & pleasant with some linseed oil, more tobacco than leather now, some plastic-y vanilla, wet oak, very timid but rather interesting fruits behind all of that (86)
      Later w water: develops vanilla & honey, but hardly any fruit, linseed sticks around & smoke is more dominant but less interesting to me than on the other batches, with a touch of cinnamon maybe, feels a bit thin in comparison to other batches, also some playdoe later on (84)
    • Taste
      smoke, dry bright oak, some citrus (84)
      W water: (surprisingly) nice balance of smoke, honey & even some fruits (87)
    • Finish
      more smoke, mineral, drying, in the very back there s some very nice exotic fruits, but very faint & covered by a lot of smoke, pineapple & oranges maybe. (85)
      W water: smoke dominates, turning dry with some bright wood/oak, linseed oil, where did the fruits go ? (84)

  21. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  22. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Colour : Clear honey gold

    Taste : Strong, slightly smoky fruit and

    Smell : Powerful and intense malty

  23. m884 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Peaty!, natural vanilla, smoke, maritime, crisp, burning beeswax candle

    Mouth: Peaty, smoke, peat sweetness

    Finish: Pepper, exotic fruits, passion fruit, smoke, peat, drying towards the end

    Comments: I like it! Quite punchy and crisp. MUCH peatier than the other standard Bowmores. Also you shouldn`t add too much water imo.

  24. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh aromas of oranges and sea air with soft citrus. Notes of flowers, lavender and strawberries with a hint of vanilla and ginger.
    • Taste
      Recurrent citrus with a dose peat slowly overflows in notes of salt, oranges, a hint of sherry and bitters.
    • Finish
      Moderately long finish of salt and bitter, green tea

  25. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Described as "unlike any Bowmore single malt whatsover" that the bar is put up high, produced in a small batch of only 2000 pieces. A rich and complex flavor with nice notes of orange and other citrus fruits.

  26. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose:  mushrooms, vanilla,bright wood (81)
    Palate & Finish: bright, sandy, lemon, vanilla syrup (84)

    Single dram note (Dramfest NZ 2012)

  27. gunnie76 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Batch no 1 is so much better. I`m gonne try batch no3 and I hope it is as good as no1.

  28. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The first bottling of Bowmore`s Tempest was one of my favourite

    whiskies of the year so far, and it looks like you all must have agreed -

    they`ve run out! Here`s a new batch, which i`m sure will be just as


  29. johnfool scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Comment Whisky House:
    Color: golden yellow with old gold reflections. Nose: powerful, mellow. Oily marine peat, licorice, dark chocolate, mint, smoked fish, seaweed and spices (cloves, ginger, black pepper), in summary: Bowmore. It is refined on malted barley, citrus fruits, exotic fruits (mango, passion), ashes and black truffle. Palate: lively, nervous. Exuberant fruity, spicy and spicy. Herbaceous and malty. Final: long, creamy. Saturated with smoke and soot, it is also floral (honeysuckle, lilac). Then, green licorice precedes a greasy peat. A note of agave brings a touch of originality.


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