Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Aug 2007 9:11 pm

Average value

€ 87.20

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

118 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.66 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: burnt rubber - but only if you go too close to it or you do not treat it to your 10 minutes in the glass before it disappears. If he gets this time, he shows tender, ripe, delicious smoke with a hint of ham and raspberries, blackcurrants and vanilla. Complex multi-layered wood tones enrich the nose in a way that I no longer want to take my nose away, in between I find cloves, allspice and strong nutmeg and cinnamon. Acid from the wood keeps the balance with honey sweetness.
    Taste: surprisingly soft, delicate, supple, palate flattering, at first it almost seems too "thin", although it is rather syrupy, sweet, fresh red fruit, spicy with each little sip, oak, sawdust, it becomes stronger and stronger Departing longer and longer after the third sip I'm sure that the 43% rich, very elegant, independent
    Conclusion: I like the elegance, fruits, spices, great oak flavors all there - great malt, available, affordable - probably. not for every day - I can imagine that polarized but I think it's delicious
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar. 

    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 82,5.  I took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender again.

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose has a very nicely balanced profile with notes of smoked red apple peel with foliage and strong black tea.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is pretty bowmore-ish and voluminous with hints of smoked citrus fruits, chocolate and black tea.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium to long with nice smokiness followed by hints of spicy oak and black bitter chocolate.

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    The nose knows how to please, on the palate the whisky is a bit too bitter and thin for me. 74 points.
    • Nose
      Sweet, aromatic smoke. The smoke smells ripe and mild. Orange chocolate. Old pipe cleaner.
    • Taste
      Significantly less sweet. Earthy and dry, slightly burnt wood, thin honey. Some soot. A noticeable bitterness that dominates the taste.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Bitter orange peel. Rather dry.

  5. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Smoky baked red apples with autumn foliage, black tea, black bread and chocolate.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22,t22,f21,b21] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  6. keizerjos scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Smells a bit sour, the peat is clear. No air to get lyrical about. First taste also somewhat sour, is that me? Pepper. The aftertaste is sour and woody - both in taste and in appearance. Some sweet tobacco comes through, farther. That is really nice. The bitterness in the finals destroys all pleasure. No.

  7. Tobias B scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I would like that one as cask strength! He's just to conservative with 43% vol
    • Nose
      sweet smoke with lime, restrained oak and a touch of vanilla
    • Taste
      bowmore typical smoke, a bit of fresh fruits and well balanced oak spiciness
    • Finish
      medium for the smoke, the oak remains longer

  8. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Clearly Islay. The pinch of sea and salt are unmistakable. The pleasant smoke of the nose becomes more intense and "extreme" in the taste and finish. The fruitiness of the nose is unfortunately not so intense in the taste. The smoke and the ash in the finish are almost too intense and dominant for me personally.
    • Nose
      Immediately raises fruity sweetness from the glass. A subtle smoky note mixes with the fruit. A pinch of salt and sea air comes to the fore. The fine smoke dominates over the fruit, but dark fruits (somehow citrus fruits) are still very noticeable. A light hint of vanilla is also present.
    • Taste
      Salty smoke and fine wood are the first impression. A pinch of sea air fights against the ever-increasing smoke. The fruit is displaced by bitter wood. Slightly sharp, a tart but spicy aroma flows through the mouth.
    • Finish
      The smoky finish exudes a bitter, bitter woody aroma. The salt is becoming more intense and a pleasant sharpness arises. Seasoning mixes with a hint of fruit, which is getting sweeter. The smoke turns to ash at the end of the outflow.

  9. Don Cassi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Medium smoky on the nose with aromas of honey and bacon, slightly fruity in the background with hints of vanilla.

    Fruity and sweet in the mouth with slightly bitter notes.

    In the finish, first cold ash (association with ashtray) then dark chocolate and notes typical of sherry. As the smoke decreases, there is an association with salt.

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  10. JVS2020 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry is more pronounced than the peat smoke in the nose.

      Sherry influences, sea breeze, berries, raspberry, mild sweet peat smoke
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, red berries, slightly spicy, slightly bitter orange, then immediately the peat smoke.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, slightly ash, orange and berries.


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