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Bowmore Darkest

Overall rating
85.95/100
votes
194
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2006
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L062117 066
Barcode
5010496020821
Added on
04 Sep 2008 9:28 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 209,06

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Darkest

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.95 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a soft, pleasant Bowmore very consistent and conclusive
    • Nose
      soft sweet liquorice, flower water, camphor, light smoke pleasant, slightly burnt wood
    • Taste
      soft onset, some medicinal soft licorice, lilac, sweet orange, almost no smoke, a hint of violet oil, flowery sweet and pleasant
    • Finish
      soft licorice with camphor flowery soft and slightly orange only a little wood getting sweeter tobacco very soft smoke a nice long Bowmore finish

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The perfect combination of phenols, sherry and oak in the aroma, the taste is already manifested in the dissynchronism, smoke and peat are knocked out of the picture, in the aftertaste the picture is more harmonious, but in itself it loses flavor and taste, perhaps it would not prevent the increase in the fortress at least up to 50%.
    • Nose
      A dense, saturated, pronounced sherry effect - dried fruits, raisins, dried apricots, damp earth, light notes of mushrooms and molds, in the background dry processed wood of noble breeds, peaches, varnish-carpentry tones, a little solvent, stain, quite on the periphery of smoky and Smoked motives harmoniously framing the main colors, in general, very deep and varied.
    • Taste
      Soft, oily-enveloping, oak in the frame of dried fruits, very dense, rich in shades, spices, candied ginger, smoke, coal, burnt biscuits, peat.
    • Finish
      Light, airy, oak bitterness, compote of dried fruits, raisin water, ash, coal.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    What a pity that there are no longer any in this form.
    • Nose
      Sherry-sweet and mild-smoky at the beginning. Salt and red berries. Makes a very fresh impression, although in the background even heavier notes such as leather and tobacco are to be guessed. Chocolate and toffee.
    • Taste
      Mild, soft and very pleasant start with some smoke, sherry and milk chocolate. Wild herbs come, with licorice and some pepper. Over time, with a more vigorous wood note, a certain age of bottling.
    • Finish
      Medium long and slightly dry with cool smoke, orange mousse and nougat chocolate.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 76 points Moderator

    Floral, soapy, medicinal - not good, reminds me on the 12yo which I rated even worse

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Funnily older than the 15 year old successor. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin for me, but of course only 43%. But it seems more balanced than the new one. Notes from an online chat tasting.
    • Nose
      Minerals, still green, red fruits and something medical (not peat) in the beginning. Let it stand for a while. After life: Little smoke, but more beautiful, salty bacon in the nose, still clearly mineral, slightly citrus, some red fruit, not green anymore. overall fresher than expected. It warms up sweeter and heavier, but stays fresh. Will now be a bit floral, nice combination that likes warmth!
    • Taste
      Fairly mild onset, balanced, chocolaty minerlisch with some lime juice and the smoke above. Watch out!
    • Finish
      On the palate, light acid hangs, on the front of the tongue is dark chocolate, some ash clothes the mouth, not too long the whole thing.

  7. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious, had a reasonable price and I liked better than the subsequent 15-year-old. Since a good NAS bottling was replaced by a weaker with age. ;-)
    • Nose
      starts very sour, lemony ... when that has disappeared, the smoke comes, dusky smoke over bacon, leather, tobacco, some nougat
    • Taste
      quite strong for 43%, lots of woody spiciness, hints of dark berries (blackberry, elderberry, blackcurrant), clove, pepper, some salt (?), ashes
    • Finish
      long, smoky dark chocolate, pepper

  8. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Like the current Bowmores Darkest a very good yellow whisky!
    • Nose
      Nice heavy, some smoke and a full load of sherry, grated lemon peel, greasy, some salt, leather, also chocolate, smoked bacon
    • Taste
      Beautiful combination of smoke and sherry, very light violet note, but pleasantly subtle, a hint of sulfur, slightly ashy, caramel
    • Finish
      In the finish very fruity, also a little nut, smoke on the palate, pleasant

  9. korry78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    different versions (90s and 00s I think):

  10. korry78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    BOWMORE Darkest, no age statement, 43 vol (from Michael Jackson's "Malt Whisky Companion" 4th edition, 1999)

    Whisky in its mid teens, but from superb sherry casks.

    Colour: Attractive, refractive, deep amber to tawny.

    Nose: Smoky. Floral. Hessian. Sea Air. Fresh, delicious, appetizing, complex.

    Body: Medium to full. Satiny.

    Palate: Perfumy start. Flowering currant. Nutty. Dry, black-treacle maltiness.

    Finish: Smooth. Polished stone.Hard, salty, licorice.

    Score: 91*

    * the highest rated Bowmore alongside the 40-year-old.

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    Bowmore Darkest (43%, OB, circa 2002) 
    Colour: cognac. Nose: very perfumy. Lots of sherry influence. A little vulgar and dull, with notes of grape juice and dried orange. Mouth: bold sherryish notes. Sweetish, the peat being quite masked. A little salty, and very, very dull. Quite a ‘catastrophy’, if you ask me. 65 points (Davin 70, Olivier 60)http://www.whiskyfun.com/ArchiveJune04.html#160604

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