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Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
84.60/100
votes
764
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496001400
Added on
03 Aug 2007 9:11 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 87.03

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

109 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.60 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Holzwurm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. SteveGo scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Whiskonaut scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Wonderful smell and taste. Very light smoke. Sweet. Almost a syrup. You don't notice the 43%. I don't like to swallow it. For me a perfect, pleasant, ultra smooth whisky. After the first sip, it smells even more pleasant, the smoke now gets through more. Old ham. Not fresh like Talisker. Old leather. Complex and balanced. The finish is so soft. I love this whisky!

  9. DulischM scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    A really very dark and berry whisky with a subtle and pleasant smoke in the background. One of my favourites.
    • Nose
      At the beginning the whisky is complex, dark and creamy. Then all kinds of berries spread out (blackberries, blueberries and red grapes). Afterwards a lot of syrup and some forest honey on the nose, the whole thing is somewhat reminiscent of forest berry jam. The whisky is dark and fruity from the Oloroso wine barrels. In between I always catch some smoke, like when something is being smoked over the embers.
    • Taste
      The dark fruits and berries then explode in the mouth. I recognize currant, blackberry and blueberry; altogether a full berry cake. Then comes the sweetness of the syrup and it tastes a little like dark berry candy. Finally, some oak on tap and a subtle smoke aroma.
    • Finish
      Something smoked remains on the palate and blueberries fill the mouth.

  10. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Nose: raisins and dry oak. burnt raisins over time with water after the oak

    Palate: licorice, mint, peat, cherry concentrate, blood orange?

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