Bowmore 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
red stripe on capsule
Stated Age
21 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Mar 2011 11:21 am

Average value

€ 469.11

11 × in wishlist

70 × member ratings

103 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 21-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.26 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    There must be different batches of this bottling, mine ( from a sample) was soapy, shame as the nose was pretty enticing

  2. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sea salt with toffee, and more fruit that I expected. A very subtle level of peat, and the added fusion of sherry and minerals gives it quite a distinct profile, which is both rich but also nuanced. Slight drawback is that it's a bit thin on first arrival on the palate, but quickly the fruity oils kick in and the finish is very long, integrated and satisfying.

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

    This is really a pity - there was a really bad period in the 80s when Bowmore produced some horrible flowery and soapy bottlings (watch out for the glass printed bottled) and this one seems related to that period.
    So far the 21yo from 1972 with 49.1% abv for Germany was by far the best 21yo ( https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/22057/bowmore-1972 )
    • Nose
      93 93
      Acacia honey, dried fruits, little grassy and leafy, whiffs of smoke, sugar cane, toasted bread - great!
    • Taste
      78 78
      Oily, sirupy, little sweetness, little fruity ........ and then the flowery and soapy note kicks in - not even water helps - unfortunately this ruins pretty much all of the rest
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, warm, the flowery and soapy notes fade away but too late

  5. Glennie scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    After tasting this I understand why some malt mates are missing the old Bowmore.

    Tasted 3 cl sample
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. The Macallan scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is a truely after dinner dram, with a lot of dimension and depth. A dreamers tale!!
    • Nose
      very light briny/peaty notes, some sweet notes, liqeur-cake, marzipan, orange, chocolaty notes (reduced: fruity, soft, with a lot of sweet pastry)
    • Taste
      light, soft, sweet pastry flavors, a nice briny touch very subtle (reduced: soft, slightly sweet, juicy with a light sherry dryness)
    • Finish
      one word: beautiful. slightly spicy and warm with lots of flavors passing by.

  7. Staf scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    When i opend the bottle, at a blind tasting, we all Liked it a lot (average rating 90/91 points); big old Islay character, verry coastal, big sherry, cigaresmoke, peaty. Nobody had any complaints about lavender or catpee. when the bottle was open for a couple of weeks to my horor these (off)notes showed up, but in the end never managed to dominate what still stands as a great old whisky. On the subject of packaging; i really love the old seagull label bottles, but have you ever seen such a hideous presentation box? Big black plastic with a verry fake woodstructure and under the silklook crackling plastic lining you hear and feel the styrofoam filling squeaking. I love it!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89


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