Overall rating
Single Malt
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
The Nectar of the Daily Drams
Stated Age
21 years old
Oak Cask
48.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 May 2011 7:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 222.00

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50 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1989 DD

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.68 points

  1. yapi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    From Tested,
    Bowmore 21 Y v 1989 The Nectar of the Daily Dram Written by Dave | | The whisky: Bowmore 21 Y vintage 1989
    Released by: The nectar of the daily dram.
    Year in bottle: 2011
    Alcohol percentage: 48.1%

    Tasted for you by Dave and Jürgen together

    Sweet smoke, peat, citrus (especially lime), christmas cake, barley. Spicy and earthy.

    Sweet peat, smoke, orange, apple, banana, vanilla, nesquik

    Sweet peat, smoke, orange, muscat, pepper, vanilla, apple, berries, grape.

    A bowmore from the good side of 1989, so without any violets. A whisky with balls, less fruity than some other bowmore's but very tasty and honest. You feel like you on Islay on a fun autumn day. The fact that bowmore made good things especially from 1989 is unfortunately also more and more known, and the result for the prices is obvious: even for 10-year-old independent bottlings (albeit at barrel strength) expect prices around 100 euros for a bottle. That's why you better hit all still affordable good bowmore's now you still have the chance. We were already very happy to find this bottle somewhere for a super reasonable price ... all too bad it was already the last one.

    Reminds us of:
    Jason Statham: Talent but with punch, no-nonsense.

  2. yapi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Serge Valentin

    Bowmore 21 yo 1989/2011 (48.1%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams)  Colour: straw. Nose: it seems that it’s one of these Bowmores that still had a few violety notes but that’s in no way a problem here, it’s almost an asset in fact. Those notes go very well with the very briny character, as well as with the deep earthy and mushroomy profile. Also touches of camphor, kippers and herbal tea (lime-blossom), gentian spirit and… violets again. Nope, no lavender. With water: superb. A farmer by the sea, or a fisherman in a farm. Whatever. Mouth (neat): excellently earthy, peaty and lemony. I love this! With water: became a tad narrower and maybe more typically Bowmore, very briny and kippery. Finish: quite long, very briny. Comments: this one was very complex and very entertaining. I’m sure it’ll be stellar – and maybe legendary - after 15 or 20 years of bottle refining…SGP:466 - 91 points.

  3. Toffie76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    With a little more watts, it would be a large 90 +++
    • Nose
      Smoke and peat elegant, well typed but light enough. Clean. Ashes, vegetable tar, a discrete phenolic touch. A beautiful floral touch, delicate and subtle. God, it smells good. Nice balance with cereals and vanilla. Vanilla pod, and of good quality please. A small pinch of cloves and bay leaves to bring an aromatic touch. A little licorice and icing sugar. And presto, here's a feminine Islay of flawless elegance. The water brings out the smoke of a straw fire and a small side gas / lighter stone.
    • Taste
      Pretty silky, oily. It covers the palate well, but always with delicacy. The development is done in a harmonious way and without rushing. Super balanced. The balance between peat / smoke and grain sweetness approaches perfection. Walnut oil, olive. A little salt and iodine. Orange zest. Superb vanilla. With a little water, it is the grassy side that stands out.
    • Finish
      Average length with a very pleasant peat persistence and very far from a peat-monster. Have I already mentioned his elegance?

  4. Bishlouk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The best Bowmore I've drunk so far (very
    personal), certainly because it is quite far from the usual Bowmore profile.
    • Nose
      Quite typical of the Bowmore, but the peat is more discreet, finer. Fresh fruits (apple) and cut flowers quickly supplant peat. Violette and vanilla are in the foreground. Hay appears after aeration.
    • Taste
      No aggression, it is delicate. Lemon, iodized peat.
      Many mineral tastes appear when the liquid is left in the mouth for more than a minute.
    • Finish
      Something indefinable sticks a long time to the palate. The rest is quite short, dry wood and wet earth.


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