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Overall rating
84.89/100
votes
920
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon + Oloroso Sherry Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L132495
Barcode
5010496020821
Added on
02 Jun 2007 1:23 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 62,85

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920 × member ratings

2293 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Darkest

135 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.89 points

  1. Misery scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Bowmore Darkest 15 yo | 43% | 22 + 22 + 21 + 22 = 87pts
    N: Sherry-berry mix, then peat, cinnamon, withered black berries, raisins, prunes, smoked meat.
    T: Soft and tender, sweet and sour, berry, blueberry, black currant, a bit of sweet cherry, spicy spices and tender tart bitterness.
    F: Peppermint, slightly bitter, diminishes slowly and gently, leaving pepper and burnt.
    B: Excellent sherry peat. The barrel lay on the soft Bowmore's ayla just fine.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    You can taste the 3 year finish in the Oloroso barrel, the darkest is sweet and very fruity. The Bowmore Lemon and the Smoke nicely balance each other with the Oloroso flavors. I think it's delicious. Only the color does not have to be. Good PLV.
    • Nose
      slight sulfur at the first sniffing, but this flies almost completely after 2 minutes, mild campfire smoke, sweet raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla, plum jam with cinnamon, leather, sweet tobacco, maritime touch
    • Taste
      sweet, orange, blackberries, dark chocolate, glides over in espresso, in the background the Bowmore lemon, leather, maggi, burnt popcorn, caramel, vanilla, dark cherries, red apples, salt, pepper, cinnamon, roasted hazelnuts. Gets sweeter and more fruity with each sip, pepper continues to build up.
    • Finish
      sweet and spicy, warming, orange, lemon, campfire smoke becomes a little stronger, apples and blackberries, vanilla is stronger, then still ripe banana appears; in the end something menthol

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose is pretty interesting with some toffee, caramel, speculaas (cinnamon, nutmeg) and a little smoke, although it's also a bit 'artificial' and lacks some power. This absence of power becomes all the more clear in the taste and development. It just tastes very thin. This should have been bottled at a much higher strength (i.e. 50+%), and preferably without chill filtering and colouring.
    Finish is quite ok, with a lot of dark chocolate and sherry fruits and a little smoke.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      some smoke, red fruits, sherry
    • Taste
      little smoke, red fruits, sherry, pleasant sweetness, less creamy than Laga DE
    • Finish
      long, dry on the palate and on the tongue, sweet in the throat

  5. amann1 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The whole philosophizing about whether the name "Darkest" makes sense, although Bowmore is known to color ... so what ...
    The whole argument over whether the 15y without the name addition Darkest is now the same or not .... so what ...
    Here you get in any case - especially at the PLV! - a really great whisky. For me but not quite as good as the 18y.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Quite successful but something to "mass suitable" manufactured. In cask strength, he could certainly be a highlight.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Chocolate Sweet, dried fruits, rose hip, hibiscus, plum compote, light peat, a fairly mild but fine nose
    • Taste
      82 82
      Here it breaks down, in particular by the weak 43%, barely complex, cold smoke, matches, and here it is also clear in terms of taste that the color is not on tap ...
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium

  7. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Some fruit and light smoke, unfortunately a bit watered down by the 43%. A tasty malt with sherry influence, light body and maritime touch.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Light smoke, mint, oranges, dried plum, fresh leather, Oloroso
    • Taste
      85 85
      slightly watery, ginger, orange, grapes
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short, smoke, orange, dry

  9. el Gato scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Burnt rubber. Strawberries. Marzipane. Chocolate, rhubarb, campher
    • Taste
      85 85
      Full bodies. Cherry. Burnt notes. Salty notes. Strawberries
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite long. Blueberries. Maple cyrup. Spicy notes. Quite ashy

  10. M134481 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An accessible whisky with a slightly smoky accent.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dried fruit, vanilla, green apple, raisins, wood and chocolate. Also very light in terms of alcohol, almost as light as water.
    • Taste
      84 84
      light smoke, fruit, sherry, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, pear, green apple and wood.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruity, pear and green apple, chocolate, wood and vanilla.

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