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Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
84.58/100
votes
739
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

€ 101.57

71 × in wishlist

739 × member ratings

1697 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

106 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.58 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. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. DulischM scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    very dark and berry with subtly pleasant smoke in the background
    one of my favourites
    • Nose
      complex, dark, creamy
      various berries (blackberries, blueberries, red grapes)
      Syrup, some forest honey, forest berry jam
      dark, fruity, every now and then something smoke, smoked over embers
    • Taste
      dark fruits, berries (currant, blackberry, blueberry, berry pie)
      sweet, syrup
      dark berry sweets
      some oak and subtle smoke aroma
    • Finish
      Smoked palate and blueberries

  6. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma:
    well integrated and dominant smoke (campfire),
    sweet, sherry, ripe fruit a little caramel, mild non-sparkling

    Taste:
    full, oily, complex, sweet, sherry, slightly spicy and smoky

    finish:
    soft with a light smoke, but also spicy round and long, pleasant.

  10. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    as a "gentle smoker" I find him really good and better than the highly praised 15y Darkest. Maybe "behind the scenes" a bit thin but that may also be because you are "messed up" more and more by the enjoyment of strong-barreled whiskys.
    Almost always for 60 €. Brilliant!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

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