Bowmore Tempest

Overall rating
86.32/100
votes
243
Whiskybase ID
WB27248
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release No. 3
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
16000
Strength
55.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
5010496002742
Added on
13 nov 2011 1:16 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 119.89

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Tempest

38 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.32 points.

  1. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not terribly complex, young but zesty and very moreish, so so much better than the standard 12.
    • Nose
      Citrus, light floral peat, and hot herbal tea.
    • Taste
      Medium and very mouth-watering. A sweet explosion, with citrus fruit, light Bowmore peat, and spirit heat. Quite well balanced.
    • Finish
      Long and oaky. Turning bitter and dry, then sweet citrus and effervescent.

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  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Nicely done, batch 1 and 2 were a tad better.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. dr.mad scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the distance, the sea. One gets closer to the smoke, then a hint of salt. Finally, yellow fruits. The nose is quite fresh. A note of wood is revealed late. The palate is marked by exotic fruits, slightly spicy. The finish is light and leaves an extreme youth. With water, smoked and salted wood. In the mouth, salt also complements the fruits already present.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I tasted batch 3 from a fresh sample next to a batch 1 bottle that had been open for years. The batch 1 bottle had flattened a little, but it still had much bolder aromas and flavors than batch 3. B3 is also quite a bit lighter in color.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2012]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    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 85.  At this time I took detailed notes of whisky that really interested me only.  But I remember I found it significantly weaker than the first and second release.

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  11. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Starts a bit shy and then hit you in the face. Quite enjoyable ;-)
    • Nose
      Coastal, a bit salty with iodine. Smokiness building up. Campfire at a barn (hay, grass). Vanilla.
    • Taste
      Smokiness building up, after strong tingling abv, spicy and wood. Smoked meat, salty and a bit ashy.
    • Finish
      Lingering with smokiness, ending a bit too woody. Very spicy (chilli). Warming.

  12. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nice malt, but the 100 proof does it better
    • Nose
      typical bowmore peat smoke, alcohol is present, vanilla, fresh sawn american oak, refined sugar, needs water imo, lavender
    • Taste
      very strong, spicy, smoky, vanilla, again that oak, bittersweet, licorice
    • Finish
      long, strong, turns a little bitter, oak, alcohol and smoke

  13. Andytka3 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Closed and shy. Time to breath. Raw vegetation and coastal note, drizzle
    with fresh fruit sweetness and dryness. If you expect storm of peat
    smoke, you will be disappointed. Mild on nose considering is a 55% vol
    little monster.

    Palate:- Dry and full mouthfeel, cabbage note
    dressed on wood shaving. Tobacco emerges with sweet fruits and vanilla.
    Restrained smoke.

    Finish:- Finally, here comes the smoke, burst of iodine smoke with and saltiness.on the tail. Peppery hot.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I tasted it before, and didn't like it that much. I might have given it not enough time back then. My judgement is much more positive now.
    • Nose
      Dry, sweet peat, bbq smoke, vanilla, pencil shavings, a bit farmy, grassy, herbal, lemon and some ozone/sea spray.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, but also a bit sour (lemon juice). Vanilla, mint, strawberry candy, honeyed barley
    • Finish
      Warming, not becoming bitter, fruity with a medium level of peat. The minimal drying effect is brought by pepper and lemon zest.

  17. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    good for cold winter nights and rainy autumn evenings
    • Nose
      barley, cold bonfire ashes, citrus fruits, vanilla
    • Taste
      peat smoke, barley, orange peels, sea-salt, white pepper
    • Finish
      long, warm and smoky

  18. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Pépé scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A profile that I like, with a good peat and lemon, but the dram quickly becomes disgusting because of this excess sugar.
    • Nose
      Peat, immediately, almost strong, just the notch below, like "well present". A peat looking for itself, swaying between the sailor and the earthy, I like. We then have a lot of chocolate, cereals, very ripe pear and a lemon meringue that eventually wins. A nice nose that needs to be confirmed in the mouth.
    • Taste
      On the attack it's really sweet, and at the same time we have the heavy side of leather that goes up. The fruits, including lemon come after, as well as chocolate. The sugar makes a breakthrough on the end, in draw mode cover towards him wholesale.
    • Finish
      Quite long and peaty.

  22. molar3rd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: some nice briny notes out there, peat, but not much. juniper like Genever Lemon drops, leather.seaweed and salt. Islay on a plate. Loving every minute of it.

    Palate: Iodine, peat smoke, peppery, chilly. kippers. kerosene. some soot and brine. sharp and peppery. but of lemon curd too. nice

    Finish: Lingering peat reek brine, kippers and lots of sweet BBQ smoke.

    This is a wonderful little gem of a dram. It packs all of the goodies Islay can offer , with that lovely peet reek, and seaside notes, without feeling young. It’s really a nice surprise and I would say It’s even better than batch #1 I liked.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2013/04/11/bowmore-tempest-batches-3-4-h2h/

     

     

  23. dicembre29 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A lot of chocolate. Some hay and herbal notes. Dusty barn. Smoke. Lemon. Fish and brine. Some caramel pudding. Salt and pepper. Sea water. Maybe just a touch floral.

    Palate: Big, sharp attack. Fishy notes and burning barley. Chocolate and licorice. Very ‘naked’. Ashy. Does somewhat bitter out a bit unfortunately. Lacks the balanced creaminess that made the first such a charmer.

    Thoughts: A fairly one-dimensional malt that doesn’t hold a candle to the first batch. Having said that…it’s still a very fine dram. Expect something along the lines of Caol Ila or very young Port Ellen in terms of mouth attack.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=96

     

     

  24. whiskyroma scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  25. steinrich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Value for money TOP !!!
    • Nose
      Lemon accompanied by oranges, light pineapple notes in the background
    • Taste
      First, the typical Bowmore flavor you miss on so many other young Bowmore whiskys. Then again lemon, accompanied by different fruits.
    • Finish
      The finish could take a little longer. Nevertheless, this young Bowmore is highly recommended.

  26. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great, young Bowmore, who can be drunk pure.
    • Nose
      Orange zest in the nose combined with Islay-typical peat smoke. Sweet vanilla and barley sugar.
    • Taste
      First dry on the palate, then return to the orange flavors. All this with a breeze of salty Atlantic air and seaweed.
    • Finish
      There are hints of sweet wood in the finish, and unfortunately bitter notes remain at the end.

  27. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    some typical Bowmore smoke, vanilla, spicy amer. Oak, sugary in the mouth, needs some water, powerful, lavender ?, rather on the spicy side, especially in the finish bittersweet, maybe licorice ... could be a bit older, but a nice malt, I'd rather grab the 100-proof, which is very similar and slightly cheaper

  29. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A bit less than the
    first release, but better than the fourth. All together, the Tempest remains a
    great Bowmore release.
    • Nose
      The nose is fairly
      sweet and fresh, with loads of mint. The smoke is somewhat understated, to be
      honest. Only with the second whiff do I get some see air and lime. I also get
      some marzipan – rather unexpected. A drop of oyster sap versus coconut milk,
      something I did not detect in the other releases I have tried. In fact, it
      turns suspiciously sweet. White chocolate? Anyway, I quite like it. With water
      it becomes more creamy and more peaty. A good thing.
    • Taste
      It is oily on the
      palate, but the sweetness now has to bow to the salt and smoke. Yep, the peat
      is very outspoken. The whisky is quite spicy. Citrus emerges, mint disappears.
      Boy, this is a powerful fellow. Diluted is becomes almost creamy and sweeter
      again, but I also get more peat. Well, more of everything, so what is not to
      like?
    • Finish
      The finish is long
      with some medicinal touches. Citrus fruit at the death.

  30. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    what a ride. I like this raw and elemental whisky. great stuff
    • Nose
      Puff of smoke right from the start. Followed by a lot of sweetness - vanilla, but combined with brine. Fudge on the background. The alcohol is very prominent.
      with water - Big creamy vanilla; touch of brine at the back. With time forest berries; orange.
    • Taste
      Salt, peat, savoury notes. Burns the tongue. Great fudge from mid to end point.
    • Finish
      medium - sweet then lots of black pepper
      water: lots of citrus with nice cedar wood.

  31. scotch80 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Mushinico scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Compared to batch 1 this one is more salty and malty rather than fruity.
    • Nose
      Lime, vanilla, wine gum, crème brûllée, caramel, grass, malt. A little earthy peat and cardboard.
    • Taste
      More peat: chocolate. Lime, vanilla and a good amount of sea salt.
    • Finish
      Lime, wine gum, peat, clove and marshmallow.

  34. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Nose:
    Dry peat smoke with notes of lime peel and pepper. Taste:
    Lime with pepper followed by the typical Bowmore peat and salt. The citrus comes back later which ensures balance and extra complexity. Finish:
    Fresh lemon and pepper.

  35. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good bowmore. Simple and pleasant.
    • Nose
      If the handsome dead dog you, we must take this case to the lilacs.
      Nose a little alcoholic, smoke, citrus. A lot of freshness (apple) and wood.
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, woody and vanilla. Always a little smoke.
    • Finish
      Wood, vanilla, smoke, candied zest. It's harmonious and well done.

  36. jodeenow scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Typical Islay whisky. Impetuous and powerful, with a good dose of character. A few drops of water can soothe a little and bring out fruity notes.
    • Nose
      Quite fresh and focused on the smoke. Typical nose of Islay, with perhaps a touch of caramel on the second nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful, peppery, iodized and focused on the smoke. Moderately integrated alcohol (bottle opening?) And burns a little. We better understand the term Tempest!
    • Finish
      Long and warm, with a return of spices

  37. jodeenow scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Bowmore Tempest vertical tasting 2013_02.
    • Nose
      First of: smoke, dry bright wood, wet clay, some metallic notes (83)
      First of w water: smokey, wood chips, linseed oil, slightly metallic, earthy/dry,  (82)
      Later: (84)
      Later w water: sweetness develops slower, wood turns much more pleasant (old/) with an earthy/leathery touch, smoke is still the most dominant element after a while, faint citrus behind, bitter almond, slight farmy-ness (87)
    • Taste
      smokey, some vanila & citrus (85)
      W water:  smokey, somewhat mineral, yellow fruit & citrus, (88)
    • Finish
      smokey, more vanilla wood & citrus (86)
      W water:  smoke, bright oak, citrus sticks around interwoven into the smoke with a hint of caramel (88)

  39. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  40. Quentin scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Very peculiar. I recommend. :-)
    • Nose
      Suffers.
    • Taste
      Ecorce d'orange. Amer. 
    • Finish
      Salty, very salty.

  41. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh aromas of oranges and sea air with soft citrus. Notes of flowers, lavender and strawberries with a hint of vanilla and ginger
    • Taste
      Recurrent citrus with a dose peat slowly overflows in notes of salt, oranges, a hint of sherry and bitters.
    • Finish
      Moderately long finish of salt and bitter, green tea.

  42. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Described as "unlike any Bowmore single malt whatever" that the bar is put up high, produced in a small batch of only 2000 pieces. A rich and complex flavor with nice notes of orange and other citrus fruits.

  43. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Tim F
    Nose:
    Sweet notes initially, with ripe apples and hay; then some medicinal
    peat, a lot of iodine and bandages.  Next, some light caramel, then back
    to the phenols with some wet burnt wood.  A little later, some
    appealing honey, vanilla fudge, marshmallows and orange blossom
    counterpointed with diluted TCP.  If you can be patient, leave it ten
    minutes and a whole new set of aromas arise: red liquorice, homebaked
    apple pie and tropical fruits - melon, lychee, passionfruit, tinned
    peaches - come bursting out of the glass, along with icing sugar, smoked
    vanilla, cinnamon and dry turf.  What`s not to like? A fantastic nose
    that really rewards serious attention and a bit of time to open up.

    Palate: 
    Very big at full strength.  Sweet and hugely smoky initially - much
    more so than the nose suggests.  Burnt wet wood and leafy bonfire
    smoke.  Chewy wet peat.  This first blast might lead you to think it`s
    one-dimensional - quite the reverse is true, but once more you have to
    be patient.  By the third or fourth sip, once the palate has
    acclimatised to the peat, the sweet fruits start poking their way out
    onto the palate - tangy citrus, with orange and grapefruit notes and a
    hint of nectarines.

    Finish: Pretty huge, needless to say.  Soot and coal with some of that citrus sharpness.

    But
    it`s with water that the Tempest truly explodes with flavour, lifting
    apple blossoms and the marshmallows on the nose and releasing the full
    smoked fruitiness of the palate.  You don`t need to be shy with the
    water, it can take a good dose.  Suddenly the crisp, tart citrus is
    amazingly magnified, as the phenols, while remaining prominent, take
    more of a supporting role.  Take it down to about 30%, leave it a few
    minutes and suddenly the honey and tropical fruits are there again, but
    still with a healthy whack of peat.  It`s fabulous.

  44. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice but the aromatic combo of the nose is not my favorite. To note a certarine finesse.
    • Nose
      Fine peat Marine influence Aromatic herbs (star anise and gentian) A little lavender and dried fruits (almond)
    • Taste
      Powerful but well controlled alccol. Round.
    • Finish
      Long on peat smoke.

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