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Bowmore Laimrig

Overall rating
88.44/100
votes
426
Whiskybase ID
WB34617
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 3
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Ex Bourbon and Finished in Ex Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
53.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496002964
Added on
03 aug 2012 2:10 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 325.70

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426 × member ratings

1122 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Laimrig

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.44 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sherry Bomb! Draping smoke. Mouth powerful, suave, velvety, corpulent, preceded by a moderate peat attack. The final envelope, encloses, carpets the palate of coffee and fat nuts. The addition of water did not bring much, if not a note of milk chocolate. Enthusiasm 4/5

  2. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    a serious rival of the Uigeadail
    • Nose
      A beautiful medicinal sherry
    • Taste
      fat, sweet
    • Finish
      long

  3. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    But how good is this Bowmore! The peat / sherry wedding is perfectly successful, balanced, complex. The wood is never invasive nor drying.
    • Nose
      Sherry smoke, hmmm it smells good! I feel the smoke / navy Bowmore side; and the sherry layer comes perfectly to marry with. Leather, spray, hazelnut, tobacco ... Very strong and very complex.
    • Taste
      Badaboum, explosion of exotic spices! Caramelized leather, candied ashes. Smoked peat arrives smoothly to become more and more present and mix with nuts and cooked blacks.
    • Finish
      Long that lining the mouth. A lot of salt and pepper in the throat and on the tip of the tongue. Black tea is revealed, cold ashes. And always this power in the mouth.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A harmonious whisky with dark fruit and dark chocolate
    surrounded by sea, salt, iodine and smoke
    is very balanced which could be boring
    but it is not because he tells us his story
    from his camp under the sea level
    I have touched the sky
    • Nose
      Sherry, fruit, salt, iodine, smoke, actually figs
    • Taste
      Fruit, chocolate in throat smoke with the taste of salty sea breeze
    • Finish
      medium long, pleasant, not very strong
      salty with fruit, harmonious

  5. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Killer on the palate, super intense fruit notes with a light smoke - great.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark chocolate with lots of cocoa, smoldering mossy oak logs, a hint of Black Forest cake
    • Taste
      90 90
      Not as heavy as I would have expected, rather slightly viscous, but then the incredibly delicious and seductive cherry mango papaya melon note comes from the smoker. The mixture that is simply ingenious for Laimrig.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Drops off a bit compared to the palate, but the smoked fruit still lingers for quite a while. This is how the (BBQ) summer tastes;)

  6. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Incredible Bowmore!
    For me, the perfect smoky sherry whisky!
    Typical Bowmore smoke with a big cargo
    Sherry influences like coffee, dark fruits and some leather.
    The successor is already ready ...

    Very strong 92/100

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The combination of
    peat and sherry, which I always consider a challenge, work wonders in this
    Bowmore. Has no quarrel with water, either. Even a good splash. Fantastic dram.
    Around 70 EUR.
    • Nose
      I have only just
      poured a dram and immediately the room is filled with the rich scent of roasted
      coffee beans, fresh figs, dades, coconut, walnuts and freshly waxed leather.
      The second wave of aromas contains some maritimes notes, like seaweeds and
      peat. They get louder all the time, turning the nose to brine. Some struck
      matches as well. This is beautiful.
    • Taste
      On the palate, that
      starts off very powerful and feisty, the brine and peat push forward. The sweet
      sherry notes try to keep up, but to no avail. Cloves, tobacco and ginger. Turns
      slightly bitter as if from the stones of grapes. The whole is simply grand.
    • Finish
      The long, warm finish
      starts off sweet on all kinds of dark fruit, before the peat and brine have the
      last say.

  8. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bowmore: Our limited release Laimrig finished its long 15 year maturation in hand-selected Spanish Sherry Casks. Just as the surrouding seas have helped shape Islay life, so the Sherry Casks have left their unmistakeabie mark on truly remarkable whisky.
    • Nose
      Sweet dark sherry, figs and cocoa balanced with smoky peatiness and a salty tang.
    • Taste
      A rich combination of chocolate, sherry, raisins and smoke.
    • Finish
      The long and lingering finish.

  11. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    17-01-2020
    • Nose
      77 77
      sherry, smoke, raisins, chocolate, caramel
    • Taste
      81 81
      sherry, smoke, raisins, chocolate, caramel
    • Finish
      79 79
      sherry, smoke, raisins, chocolate, caramel

  13. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Coastal peat and fruity sherry work well together

  15. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Like the darkest, a little sweeter and more intense in the nose, less earthy and less bitter, but with water too. I would not know which one is better.

  17. gango4 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This Bowmore has what the Darkest lacked: power. The batch strength is good for him. That's how I imagine a Bowmore.
    • Nose
      Immediately heavy, full and round in the nose. Significant sweetness and fruits. The smoke is well integrated. With a little water slightly mineral.
    • Taste
      Strong on the tongue. Less sweet and fruity, but smokier than in the nose.
    • Finish
      When the first charge of smoke and power is through, the fruit comes forward a little better.

  18. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A cheerful and cheerful mole, perhaps a bit rustic, but pleasant and leaves a positive feeling.
    • Nose
      Dry, open, processed wood, koh-i-nor pencils, light lacquer notes, mineral and sea tones, lemon, raw grain.
    • Taste
      Astringent, oak, pepper-ginger wave, varnish, a little smoke and coal in the background, lemon and orange peel, lollipops.
    • Finish
      Saturated, ginger, oak bitterness, compote of sour berries, burnt biscuits, molasses

  19. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I need it!
    • Nose
      Thick sweet sherry, light typical Bowmore smoke, no alcohol, meaty raisins, tobacco leaves, coffee
    • Taste
      Strong sweetness, noticeable smoke, strawberry juice, orange peel, oak spice, a bit salty, getting drier
    • Finish
      Salinity, then oak, then smoke and then remains, thick red fruit accompany the finish

  20. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  21. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Notes from Laimrig Batch 3 VS Batch 4 head2head
    • Nose
      Very smokey, fat, smoke chamber, bacon, raisins, dusting sugar, strawberry candy, leather, slight copper note. (89)
    • Taste
      Oily, sherry, earthy, smokey, coffee grounds, something a tad sour &
      bitter / some ultra dark chocolate types come to mind briefly but gone
      quickly again, raisins, talcum powder. (90)
    • Finish
      more direct smoke now, also the mineral side coming through, earthy,
      chocolate, slight rubber, faint blackcurrant notes, turning dry with a
      touch of bitterness. (87)

  22. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In the nose, the whisky delivers exactly what you expect from it: sherry and smoke, without one-sidedly limited to these notes. Mouth and finish are wonderful. The whisky is dark and intense and through the combination of sherry and smoke and even more beautifully layered. Despite this intensity, the whisky is dangerously pleasing and easy to drink.
    • Nose
      Immediately a wonderful mixture of light smoke and sherry rises in the nose. In the background, vanilla caramel notes mix with it, followed by anise, sage, earth. Then it starts again: sherry and smoke. Everything fits together nicely.
    • Taste
      A soft, creamy body, moderate onset, and then comes again Sherry accompanied with the light Bowmore smoke, chocolate between milk and dark, slightly oak, a slightly kräutrige touch and a touch of sulfur
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke comes through the strongest and the oak is more present than before, the sherry steps back and the chocolate is darker. As the sherry slowly fades, the smoke and oak remain long on the palate.

  23. ApricotOne scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. Sb17sw scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  25. robain scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  26. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Leather, almond paste, smoked meat and spices - cloves. Oily, smoke and some nuts.
    • Taste
      Syrup, smoke, briny, cola, liquoric and cough syrup. Dark chocolate, spices - cloves and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Mint, peat and smoke.

  27. Snerik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Really excellent stuff and a good example of how good a sherried whisky can be! 
    • Nose
      It’s cool how a nose of a whisky can be easy without being thin. Rather the opposite, this is rather complex. Leather, peat, raisins, watermelon peel (!!) and orange. Really great stuff! 
    • Taste
      Red berries, almost raspberries? The peat comes across rather easy, with notes of cherries, watermelon and leather. 
    • Finish
      It’s extremely balanced and quite long. Loads of red berries covered in peat. Specially cranberries and cherries. 

  28. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An awesome whisky. Full, rich, intense with a great balance. Sherry,
    voluptuous fruit and wood spices come through with smoke and peat
    embers, leading to an impressively long finish. A well tuned and much
    more challenging version of the delicate Bowmore Darkest. If you like
    sherried Bowmore, this is a must have!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Rich and intense with lots of sherry and smoke. Slightly meaty indeed.
      Deep lingering notes of stewed dark fruit, prunes, raisins, luscious
      orange and demerara sugar. Ash and iodine emerge with delicate tobacco
      leaves, complemented by a touch of burnt rubber, polished furniture and
      oiled leather. A superb and very complex nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet but a bit harsh as well. Intense sherry flavours, raisins and
      stewed dark fruit, along with a pleasant herbal note, nutmeg and clove.
      Cold tea-like with tannic astringency, tobacco leaves and smoke,
      followed by lingering marzipan and walnuts. Strong and savoury.
    • Finish
      Very intense, sweet and warm finish with layers of raisinated fruit,
      tobacco flavours, smoke, cinnamon and delicate coffee notes. Nicely
      long-lasting and extremely mouth-coating.

      WITH WATER: There's almost
      no change on the nose while the spiciness becomes more prominent on the
      palate. Delicate sherry and fruity sweetness with a long and warming
      finish of pleasant fruit, marzipan and hot spice.

  29. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    88/89.
    • Nose
      Mainly sherry influence: Prune, mocha, raisin, an unlit cigar and nutmeg. The peat is only present in the background. Some hay-like maltiness in the long run. With water some peach and blood orange.
    • Taste
      Spicy sherry: Nutmeg and clove. Peat ash, dark cherry, prune, mocha, raisin and a grainy touch. Also here peach and blood orange come out when adding water. If there were peated Littlemills, this is pretty much what they would taste like.
    • Finish
      Dark cherry, prune, raspberry sauce, peat, raisin, mocha, blood orange and cigar. 

  30. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweet sherry done right. This was wonderfully complex with the layers of peat, bourbon and sherry mixing to create some interesting notes. 
    • Nose
      Sherry notes, actual sherry, not just the traces of it. Ash. Mineral oil. Raspberry drink powder. Salty toffee. Vanilla. Brushed leather. Ruby grapefruit. Smoked meat glazed with red fruit jelly. Amaretto. 
    • Taste
      Ashy. Sherry wood. Salt. Dark red fruits. Cherry cigarellos. With water the sherry notes become more prominent and slightly sweeter, develops more of a citrus profile. 
    • Finish
      Long. Dark red fruits. Rich Tobacco. Hints of salt and woodspice. 

  31. Dram The Man scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. DannyBacon scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Fantastic scent! Much smoke and soot mixed with cherry tomatoes. The taste is intensive but lent and with a lot of cherry, jam, rubber and smoke. The end medium and with some smoke and sweetness. Wonderful whisky. With some water and time in the glass more rubber and soap will arrive. Reminds me a lot about Yamazaki 12
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. dicembre29 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Grape juice. Smoke. Deep jammy notes and berry coulis. Well-oiled leather. Sea spray. A touch of grapefruit. Ash and iodine. Devil’s food cake and cherry pie filling. Apples and apple skins. A little bit of rubber. A savoury, slightly meaty note.

    Palate: Deep, deep threads of smoked dark tree fruits. Lush and juicy. Smoky and hinting at a Fisherman’s Friend kind of medicinal edge. Plum sauce and some dark gooey Asian sauces (hoisin?). Apple skins and soggy wood. Oil. Viscous and rich.

    Thoughts: I adore this whisky. Slightly different than previous ones I’ve tried, but equally awesome. A little more on woods and less on fruits, I think, if I had to put my finger on it.

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  34. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very expressive nose on fruits and peat, cake smell. Mouth sweet and fruity. Powerful and long finish. Very easy to drink and very good.

  36. Pdh scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    N lightly smoked, rubber, sea, almond. After some drops of water balanced sweet toffe.
    T Rubber and smoke. But with water again more elegant sweet rubber. Light body.
    F Very long intensive rubbery spicy finish
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      93 93

  37. Rustamich did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Covers a lot of bases, but maintains balance. The Quantum Leap of whisky; let's hope it's next leap is into my glass.
    • Nose
      This is a treat. A kaleidoscope of aroma, starting with banana bread, moving into Cognac richness, over to peach melba and settling on dusty antique furniture.
    • Taste
      My hope was that the palate would be as exciting as the nose, and the initial response is good: cherry jam, oolong tea and rare steak smothered in butter give this a really regal feel.
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of strawberry jam.

  38. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. Stenface scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      71 71

  41. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A successful alliance between the barrel and the peat. For lovers of precious wood, which I am. Sample on bottle opened for a few weeks.
    • Nose
      A mixture of sandalwood, cedar, incense, leather, paper of Armenia ... Black tea smoked. Tobacco. The sulfur of sherry is transcended by peat. Notes of fruit in the background and puffs of heady flowers (lily).
    • Taste
      Powerful and supple at the same time, spicy, rich, deep, on leather and wood species.
    • Finish
      Long, sore.

  42. nlsanand scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Not sure the flavour profile of Bowmore goes that well with a heavily sherried cask strength presentation.

    Overall, this is not a bad effort for Bowmore which had some mediocre offerings previously. However, if this was trying to bring together the best of Ardbeg 10 and Aberlour A'bunnadh, it just proved to me that those are both better whiskies at a relatively similar price point.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. Kim4fan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A fantastic Dram for anyone who likes the long Sherry finish. 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      94 94

  44. n1d0 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: Juicy fruits on subtle smoke. Seaweed. Tomatoes, raisins, cherries. Some milk chocolate. Tobacco. Very damp, so complex.

    Body: Medium weight, creaminess.

    Taste: Raisins, blood orange. Black and white pepper. Smoked salmon together with the oak.

    Finish: Long. Goes on with spices, salt and herbs. Leaves you thirsty for another sip.

    Verdict: More than good: perfect balance between peat and sherry-influence. The cherry on the pie is its maritime character.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  45. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very complex malt. Much more challenging than its little brother Enigma. Worth trying it!
    • Nose
      Heavy, bot not too heavy alcohol. Then immediatly the peat smoke, a littler more than I would have expected with a peppery note. 

      When your nose got used to the alcohol and the peat, there is some fine combination of fresh blood oranges and dark, ripe figs and plums.

      Also some spicy oak and maybe with some imagination you will find the salty smell of the rough scottish sea.
    • Taste
      (neat)

      Starting wonderfully sweet and fruity it´s then becoming a little bitter. The oak is very dominant now, even more than the alcohol and the (now surpringsingly moderate) peat. Bitter chocolate with some raisins, leather and charcoal.
    • Finish
      Quite long finish. Bitter chocolate. Mokka. Cold ash. Quite dry.

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

    A great expression!

  47. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very good sherry / peat!
    • Nose
      Light peat, a little alcohol, net influence of sherry (bitter chocolate, nuts) spices (ginger, cinnamon)
    • Taste
      Mouth very balanced and quite powerful, always sherry, very subtle peat, caramel, wood, fruit (cherry, grapes, cooked apple)
    • Finish
      Long and dry, peat is more present (without dominating the rest), dried fruits, a little pepper.

  48. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I prefer softer and less spicy sherry. For the story, a preference for the Bowmore Daily Dram. But great success: very satisfying ensemble to integrate the higher whisky teaching.
    • Nose
      I remember a Super Bowmore 15 year old Daily Dram in Sherry. Will he manage to excite me too?
      Super impression from the first nose. It's sweet, very sherry, still very spicy (exotic wood powder?), Dried fruit. After a while, I'll even ask for a little less spice. Pretty invasive.
    • Taste
      Nice aromatic scale, still sherry. I find a little less spice (or is it the habit of this chicken antillaise of the day before?), And more caramel, wood, raisins, nuts.
    • Finish
      From the end of the mouth, I find the whole drier. Very long, still sherry, with maybe a little smoke (it seems to me), and brandy cherry.

  49. tomy63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice sherry / sailor, even if the sherry passes by. It has the complexity, the length it lacked in Darkest without being disgusting.
    • Nose
      a little alcohol at the opening of the bottle, needs a little airing. Sherry is present: chocolate, dried fruits, orange, red fruits, cherries, nuts, spices. Quite little peaty, but less sailor than most Bowmore. The sherry passes by.
    • Taste
      powerful, slightly peaty, a little sugar but less than in the Darkest 15 years. Cocoa notes, red fruits, orange, dried fruits, acidulous fruits, a slight side varnished wood, spices (clove?). Bowmore salt is more present than the nose but remains in the background. During a second tasting a few months later, the peat was even more discreet, the less marine whisky, more woody, drier, with more dried fruits but less black cherries.
    • Finish
      long, powerful, warm, the sea side has further progressed slightly

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