Overall rating
Single Malt
Whiskysite.nl (WS)
Bottling serie
Great Cask Series
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Jun 2011 4:30 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 349.90

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58 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1989 WS

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.04 points

  1. Sjors scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Shared Cask with QV.ID Belgium.



  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2011]  I found this dram in an advents calendar sampled by MaRa.

    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 90.  Unfortunately I took no detailed notes.

  3. goran did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From Whiskyfun:

    Bowmore 21 yo 1989/2011 (51.2%, QV.ID/Whiskysite.nl, bourbon hogshead, 96/134 bottles)  A shared cask bearing two labels. Colour: white wine. Nose: it’s a Bowmore that starts rather farmy and moderately peaty. And, above all, with no French woman being involved, it appears (if you see what I mean). The coastal side arises only after a little while, but it’s getting bigger and bigger and we’re soon over a large plate of (smoked) oysters. I also enjoy the medicinal side (eucalyptus here) and the whiffs of linseed oil. Oh, and the touches of bacon. Obviously complex.Mouth: purrrfekkt. Brine and lemon at first sips, then smoked kippers, oysters again, that Bowmoreish earthiness that sometimes shows up and then touches of tropical fruits that hint at much earlier versions of Bowmore. Terrific whisky. Finish: long, ultra-zesty. Peat and grapefruits with some pepper in the aftertaste. Comments: this could have been distilled in the mid-1960s, put into a sealed, airtight stainless steel tank, filled in wood in 1989 and bottled this year. Definitely ‘old Bowmore’ and utterly lovable. SGP:456 - 92 points (and many thanks, Marc).

  4. cuhp scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salt, licorice, vanilla, caramel, peat, lime 
    • Taste
      Licorice, salt, pipe tobacco smoke, lime, heather 
    • Finish
      Salt, licorice, pipe smoke, grape fruit, caramel 

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and oily with peach, vanilla, marshmallows and red apples. Subtle peat, sea salt, earth, milk chocolate, toffee, leather, tea and a whiff of dusty warehouse. Bowmores are not always my cup of tea, but this is very good.

  6. aby scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    although i prefer the older bowmore (distilled until 1975, yes i know, you don`t taste these often), this is a good one as well.

    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  7. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and peaty aroma, apple, lime, mint,

    cloves, nutmeg, spruce wood smoke, vanilla and malt. Vanilla sweet and

    smoky taste, camphor, pepper, grapefruit, orange, walnut and malt. Long,

    spicy, malty and smoky end.

  8. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: vanilla, oily, peat and smoke
    T: gooseberries and smoked ham
    F: smoke, wood, wood smoke and campfire
    my best Bowmore till now...

  9. Sjors scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great Bowmore.
    • Nose
      Some peat,sweet fruits and very soft maritime notes

      as smelling the sea with a cold.
    • Taste
      Fresh,some fruits (ripe green apples) and more peat

      as on the nose,some little spicy notes.
    • Finish
      Long spicy and some peat.

  10. MacMenM scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    very good Bowmore : loved it
    • Nose
      minerals and grasses, or do i smell oysters and iodium ... the sea ?? also vanilla, soft peat in the back
    • Taste
      more peat, lemon, grassy again, less complex than the nose
    • Finish
      lemon and pepper, some smoke


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