Overall rating
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
21 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Dec 2011 12:27 pm

Average value

€ 95.90

3 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1989 MBl

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. molar3rd scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Gentle peat with some carbolic soap. Candy. A certain malty sweetness too. Some brine too, and seaweed. Islay on a tray, but quite mellow. nice.

    Palate: A lot of smoke here than i had anticipated based on the subdued nose. continuing with pepper, Sweet malt, Banana peel and ginger powder.

    Finish: long. smoky. Savoury and Spicy.

    A very enjoyable and smooth islay, could have been a bit nicer at CS as I thought, but very enjoyable too at this level too. At 85 EUR it’s not cheap certainly for the reduced ABV, but also not overpriced. A solid dram.




  2. Sonett scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft Charcoal smoke, vanilla, light coastal nose with grass and herbs
    • Taste
      Enters sweet with lots of vanilla, then slowly turning to soft spices with peaty smoke
    • Finish
      rather short going from soft spices and smoke towards a bittersweet finish

  3. m884 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smokey, peat, banana, honey, peat sweetness, roasted caramelized nuts

    Mouth: peat, smoke, mossy, a tad light oak, with water sweeter and milder

    Finish: complex peat, smoke, a tad tannins, medium long

    Comment: magnificant nose, the mouth and finish definitely fall flat here compared to that. But still quite good. Also this one would have gained from cask strenght i feel.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This is good stuff, indeed. Fans of Bowmore will enjoy this very much.
    And with a price tag of 85 EUR, it is affordable too.
    • Nose
      On the buttery nose, I am welcomed by all the typiscal Islay aromas:
      seaweeds, sweet peat, salt and greasy coals. A lot of lemon and a bit of
      vanilla, but really only a little bit. Reminds me a lot of the other Bowmore
      from 1989 that I have tasted by QV.ID and Malts of Scotland. Only a lot more
      subdued, undoubtedly due to the bottling strength. After a few minutes, I do
      get some more fruit, surprisingly enough pineapple and mango.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is slightly oily, much less creamy than anticipated. Feisty
      on spices and a lot fruitier than the nose let on. Citrus, but also again the
      tropical hint. A touch grassy. Sweet peat. White pepper. Very good.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, quite smoky on spices and tropical fruit.

  5. Lafroy scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful nose, very nice finish, unfortunately taste lacks intensiveness and power.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      84 84


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