Bowmore 1984 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
16 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 aug 2008 9:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.00

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1984 DL

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.29 points.

  1. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Anything but ordinary. Unfortunately, it is not exceptionally good. Definitely a funny malt. I don't need anything more than the sample.
    • Nose
      OK. It’s more special. I don't feel the smoke particularly strongly. Bowmore's floral notes are different here. Reminds of lemon detergent and calendula ointment. Plus flower meadow. Tart, naturally cloudy apple juice. Lemon cake. Wood drizzled with essential oil.
    • Taste
      In the mouth first blossom honey and orange jam. Almdudler too. These special notes from the nose are now rather soap and floral fragrance pillows. Then citrus fruits like candied lime and grapefruit. Then a certain peppery note.
    • Finish
      The sharpness decreases somewhat and salivation begins. Herbal tea. Soap still. Scented candle.

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  3. mzimmer scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    The whisky tastes so strongly of soap, lavender and toilet block that it's almost impossible to drink

  4. notesofmalt scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 1984 - 2000, 16 years, 50% alc. Bottler: Douglas Laing (Old Malt Cask). Expansion: No information

    Nose: Lavender soap and slightly phenolic peat smoke, plus patchouli and fabric softener. It would be exciting if it weren't for the spicy alcohol. Whenever the nose gets used to it, the whisky seems quite balanced between peat and fruity soap, but the alcohol quickly comes back annoyingly. I smell some more apple juice and tangerines, then freshly washed laundry in the sea air.

    Palate: Soap straight along with peat smoke and chewing gum. Lavender, thyme and tar, some ash. In addition, apples dried with sugar, rock candy, herbal sweets, gooseberries. The taste is also accompanied by a soapy mouthfeel, without which this Bowmore wouldn't be so extreme.

    Finish: Long, worse than on the palate. Plus lots of burnt dough, black toast and pepper.

    Conclusion: Lavender aromas in earlier Bowmores are well known, as is the technique of calming over-boiling stills with curd soap. Was that done at Bowmore back then? No idea. But interestingly, a slightly greasy film remains even in the glass. 74/100 points (2022)

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2002]  I comped a bottle to a friend that I bought for 64 Euro in January, 2002.

    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 75.  My notes state a soapy and unbalanced profile that is full of flaws and off-notes.  I did not like it at all and used the spittoon but some of my friends found it drinkable, at least (so I granted the bottle to them).

    This is another example of the "bad years at Bowmore" that lasted from the end of the seventies until around 1988.  I still have not found out what they did differently at Bowmore during that period but I never had any real good Bowmore from that time.  Some were simply undrinkable (due to an extremely soapiness) but most are just average stuff with a non-Bowmore-ish profile at all (often perfumy, bitter, drying and hardly fruity).

    [March, 2019] When reviewing my old notes I just spotted that many others voted this dram 88-92 points in the meantime. To be honest, I doubt they ever tasted this rather disgusting soapy whisky - just because this is an old Bowmore does not automatically imply it is good. But maybe it is all different and such strange-weird tastes are a new hype? In that case, sorry to all (I am just an old-fashioned drinker)...

  6. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Bowmore 16 yo 1984/2000 (50%, Douglas Laing, OMC, 264 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: starts on very huge perfumy and, indeed, ‘lavenderish’ notes. Almost soapy in fact, but not really offensive. Whiffs of patchouli, roses, orange marmalade and warm butter. Very little peat. Mouth: there are more peat and more spices, which improves the whole when compared with the nose, but it’s still a little ‘lavenderish’ and soapy. Huge peppery blast happening on the back of the palate, which nearly saves it. Finish: medium long and quite pleasant, with added notes of lychees and Turkish delights – and less peat. Comments: another variation from that interesting era at Bowmore. Far from being unpleasant. SGP:535 - 78 points.


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