Bowmore 30-year-old Sea Dragon

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Oct 2008 10:00 pm

Average value

€ 2.700,75

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 30-year-old Sea Dragon

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.25 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Amazing fruit bomb, especially on the nose, after that the taste and the finish is almost a bit thin.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Wonderfully floral and fruity, especially pineapple, mango, papaya and cherry. Caramel, honey, iodine and adhesive plaster. Creamy peat and earth.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Refined and elegant. Tropical fruits, honey, citruses, spicy oak and creamy peat.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, spicy, oaky.

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Commonly known as the Sea Dragon, a bottle went for £1300 at auction just a few days ago [July 1st, 2018].

    N: Blooming awesome straw-like, floral, soft briney-herbal, farmy peat with bone-dry old skool vibes. Cracking!

    T: Grape seeds [again], with an indescribable bone-dry complexity. This very much reminds me of the 1968 Bowmore I had at the Old Man’s last year [blog]. Beginners luck or is Bowmore from this period completely distinctive from any other?

    F: Oozes woody savoury-sweet, not in any way you’ll find in current/contemporary bottlings.

    C: Frank tells us there are fruitier versions, though this remains an awesome whisky nevertheless.

    Scores an A

  4. c02pon scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Tested at The Whisky show in 2016

    Really nice, but expensive
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 1999]  I had this dram during a tasting at Rolandsbogen. 

    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 this dram 87,5.  My notes state it is smooth, rather sweet, nutty and shows almost no peaty aromas. 

  6. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The nose is well melted on the tropical fruits, the pineapple seems nevertheless to dominate. We can also perceive a slight farmer side. The pineapple is powerful attack then we find the farmer side then the rose, litchee but once again the aromas are melted in an admirable set. The finish is very very long on mixed fruits and smoke. Very good whisky in a nice bottle, desirable!

  7. tomy63 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    amber color, very fruity nose, very exotic, mango, pineapple, passion, kiwi, papaya ... but all very melted by what already seems to be OBE with a hint of toffee. Behind all this a thin smoke very slightly farmhouse. The mouth looks like the nose, very easy to drink, sweet but with a good scale for 43%. Final long, the fruit is still there, small touch smoked and saline. It's very big even if of course we say that raw cask would be even better. Happy birthday Pat!

  8. Ivynor scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A real favorite. I loved.
    Thanks to Pat and Tomy for this amazing discovery
    • Nose
      An exotic waterfall, ultra fine and elegant, incredibly melted, watering our palate of fine droplets of passion fruit, pineapple, carambola, lychee, peach ... The fade is also iodized and unctuously caramelized, without to be heavy. A nice freshness accompanies the nose, under cover of some medicinal plants.
    • Taste
      Ultra melted, delicious, elegant ... We always find these exotic fruits (passion, mango, carambola, lychee, pineapple ...), in perfect balance with iodine (light), caramel, and also other fruits more indented (fig, hazelnuts). The smoke is discreet, accompanied by discreet farmhouse touches.
      The 43% are much more powerful than expected.
      In summary, it is melted, powerful, greedy, creamy, sensational!
    • Finish
      Very long, exotic, slightly iodized and smoked.
      Big scale for 43%
      Empty glass refers more to old oak and varnished notes.

  9. autowatch092 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark amber
    Nose: Pineapple, mango, cherries, hints of gummy bears, sandalwood, a whiff of cigar smoke, cardamom and nutmeg.
    Palate: All the tropical fruit you can imagine on a bed of light but noticeable smoke, chocolate and mixed mild spices.
    Finish: Very long, fruity and slightly smoky.
    Overall: Some aspects of the palate and especially the nose are truly fantastic, but underneath there is a slight watery feeling that makes me cut a few points.


  10. nigel_tufnel scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes and points from Serge Valentin:

    Bowmore 30 yo ‘Sea dragon’ (43%, OB) Colour: light amber. Nose: tropical fruits again, but slightly oxidised ones. No so demonstrative, but still impressive – and very elegant and refined. Lots of citrus, but some apricot and melon. Whiffs of smoke, getting coastal. Mouth: quite creamy and coating, with lots of fruit liqueurs, some quince jelly, kiwi juice, lemon seeds. Some lemon zest that sort of structures the whole. Very nice bitterness. Slightly watery, but in a nice way, especially the finish. This one would have needed 3% more alcohol; it lacks just a little oomph. 91 points.


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