Bowmore 25-year-old

Overall rating
88.53/100
votes
301
Whiskybase ID
WB41290
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
American Bourbon and Spanish Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
8000
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L162144
Barcode
5010496150825
Added on
09 apr 2013 12:38 am
Colored

Average value

€ 533.59

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301 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 25-year-old

52 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.53 points.

  1. TimkoT scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  2. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Dark somewhat musty sherry overlays everything. Below you can find the Bowmore Islay sheet music. For a higher rating, a bit too much of a good thing in the nose. In the finish, however, I find delicious chocolate and mocha notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2022-07-03
    • Nose
      88 88
      Herbs, dark sherry, blackberries, rock candy, some wet hay, a little dirty
    • Taste
      87 87
      gentle, but then quite intensely bitter onset, herbaceous, quite strong acidity, tea leaves, quite thin
    • Finish
      86 86
      quite short, not very intense, a bit sour

  4. maltsabine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. kikist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Better then other Bowmores i tried
    • Nose
      84 84
      medicinal herbs, plastic, fishing nets, anchovy, PEZ candies, walnuts
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, lemon, smoke, bitter
    • Finish
      85 85
      Artificial fruit, chili, smoke, lavender, wormwood

  9. Will_iam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. GWMingus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  11. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      complex with typical Bowmore smoke, reminiscent of smoked meat, iodine and salty sea breeze. Then tropical fruits, citrus oils and of course floral and perfume notes like lilac.
    • Taste
      91 91
      TASTE fireworks, spicy sherry oak, salted nuts, sweet plums and currants. Then new leather and lime, all of which are clearly surrounded by peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In the ABGANG long with Bowmore Island character that is not overlaid by sherry and is very harmoniously filled with salt, light medicinal notes, chocolate, spicy cinnamon and campfire smoke.

  12. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    total final deception, I expected something different
    • Nose
      strong peat smoke and ripe fruits, which unfortunately evaporate quickly afterwards, sulfur in the form of cooked vegetables takes over, which I can't get out of my nose even on the second try the following day.
    • Finish
      short, fresh, unspectacular

  14. marvman scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Toffee, cream, hazelnuts, smoke. Taste exactly as described. You don't taste just any nut, but hazelnut
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  15. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Siwoo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Mom’s favor.

  17. violetfarm did not rate this whisky Newbie

  18. Mr. D. scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This bowmore cannot leave you indifferent. You either fall in love with it from the first sip, or immediately reject it. Many people do not like the smell of perfume, which is called soapy and foreign. I fell in love with him. Fell in love with delicate, weightless peat, with the elusive aroma of violets and lilacs, with the smell of a fire and the taste ... the taste of islay.
    • Nose
      Multifaceted, difficult, interesting; first, as expected, smoke; followed by smoked bacon, iodine algae, salty sea breeze; further - more: a variety of tropical fruits, citrus notes; and, of course, floral and perfume tones of powder, violet, lilac.
    • Taste
      A real fireworks display of smoky-spicy-salty-sweet tastes; the first violin is played by prunes and currants; oak and nut tones are clearly audible; sophisticated perfume motives; sea salt and a little leather; lime and lemon zest.
    • Finish
      Long, very pleasant aftertaste; gentle smoke; unobtrusive iodine; the viscosity of oak; continuation of the perfumery theme; fruits go away, giving way to chocolate-almond tones and sweet-spicy cinnamon; and again a wave of smoke and sea salt

  19. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      Ripe grapefruit, blood orange with a little orange peel, perfectly integrated smoke, beautiful violet tones, milk coffee, vanilla coffee, wonderfully complex
    • Taste
      94 94
      strong violet color, very soft, well integrated sweetness and smoke, tingling oak flavor on the tongue, pleasing wood note
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoke and violets remain, in the background very light tannins, unfortunately quite a bit

  20. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke, bacon, stored wood, elder flowers, red berries. Medium intensity
    • Taste
      89 89
      Orange, lime, cold smoke, light spice, rhubarb. Medium intensity
    • Finish
      88 88
      Flowery, somewhat peppery. Short to medium finish

  21. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  24. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Marvin B. scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98

  26. Andreas W. scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  27. malthead-sven scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    beautiful complex and soft Bowmore that has reduced its smoke to a minimum. Here, the maturity helps to compensate for the low alcohol strength
    • Nose
      sweet and spicy, light cinnamon, French rolls, tangerines, very mild, set smoke, wild garlic leaves, haribo raspberries from the Colorado mix, very complex
    • Taste
      dusty, firm marzipan, currants, resinous softwood, all-round mild and soft
    • Finish
      the smoke is now stronger, salty, iodine, while also sweet, gingerbread, medium and without bitterness

  28. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great nose - but comparatively no need to drink. The end 80s shine through too much in the tasting profile. I guess I got to wait a few more years until I am satisfied with 25 yo Bowmores....
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    While the smell was quite promising, the rest was rather disappointing for me. Pity!
    • Nose
      Typical mature Bowmore with a complex attack of mild peat smoke, ferns, hints of lavender and old roses and tropical fruits. Gradually salt, oak, rosehip tea, red hibiscus flowers, earth and nuts follow.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly easy start with ashen peat smoke, bitter oak, ferns, dextrose and sherry. Acts rather unbalanced, with the time flowery powder, salt and violet root follow.
    • Finish
      Long, grape sugar, gentle peat smoke and again flowery accents of old roses and lilacs. Then also powder and forest soil.

  31. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sophisticated Bowmore. Nice sherry / bourbon ratio. I miss the higher ABV, even though it wasn't too light in 43%.
    • Nose
      Sherry and vanilla. Sweet fruits, herbals, camphor, cocoa and oak. Seaweed and earth. Discrete smoke and peat.
    • Taste
      Refined, creamy. Sweet fruits, vanilla, salted minerals, matured oak, cocoa and wood smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  32. RL_whisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Like it, but would benefit from a slightly higher abv I think. It would carry a bit more of everything.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Doctor B. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    * Tasted it in June 2013 at a masterclass by Gordon Dundas ( Brand Ambassadeur of Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch) found some old notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very nice Bowmore. The nose is due to its peculiarity with many tropical fruits, which one does not expect at first, the best part. In the taste he flattens unfortunately something off.
    • Nose
      a dinghy full of lemons, intense violets, heather, peach, apricot, apricot cake with butter crumble, chocolate, passion fruit juice, apple, fresh cracked branches / spring shoots, barely smoke, papaya, melon, essential oils, rape field, limes, maritime salinity, rhababer, smoke becomes more obvious, more tart nuts, walnuts, campfire, wet sand
    • Taste
      very soft onset, violet, lovely, well noticeable oak, chocolate, again passion fruit and rhababer, honey, here clearer sherry notes, apricot, some smoke, salty algae, old dry walnuts, Bowmore typical, papaya, lime
    • Finish
      Oak and tropical fruits, warming, herbs, chocolate, distinct nuts, oily, green banana, the smoke becomes stronger towards the end, mineral chalky, long finish

  36. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Deep scents of rubber and laundry shops, consistently starchy with arising heat that steer the aroma to dirty (but addictive) marine notes of fish market, shells and weeds. Sun and Sea. Curious white fruits and white oak at the back.

    P- Whiff of prune sweet and walnut with dominant salines notes, did they dilute it with sea water instead of spring when bottling? As well the funny taste of white oak lingers.  Some off the chart 'white' notes that I don't quite get it.

    F- Medium, peppery, herbs, thirst by the hefty salts component.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. hans1971 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      starts with sherry and seaweed, developing notes of herbs, prune, cherry, and berries 
    • Taste
      87 87
      somewhat smoky and very sweet. cocoa, nuts and more berries.  
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium-long on dried lemons and cherries. 

  39. kot1803 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The scent is simply super! Mass of dried fruits, peat notes, old rubber, light smoked, autumn leaves. Class! And here is the taste more calm. Same dried fruits, peat notes in the background, candied fruit, bacon buns. Hot! Balance is more to the side of the scent, but an extremely powerful 25 year old. Only imaginable if it had not been reduced to commercial strength by 43%. It would be a taste of taste. 91/100.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. JohannesB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very complex and complex, I really like it. A highlight is the oily and absolutely silky mouthfeel. One does not think that one has here a liquor on the tongue, so ripe is the Malt. At the same time it offers a large variety of beautiful aromas, the dry finish brings an additional gain in complexity. Of soap or lavender, as you would expect in many a younger bottling, I find nothing here. Just beautiful - if he had something more presence in the mouth (higher alcohol content!) That would be a dream whisky.
    • Nose
      Tender smoke, which seems to disappear after a few moments behind the other flavors. Cherries, red apples and some dried fruits. Very ripe and complex on the one hand, on the other hand, there are also fresh limes and grassy notes. Everything is framed by mineral notes reminiscent of chalk or limestone and a clear maritime sea breeze.
    • Taste
      Extremely pleasant in the mouth. A wonderful oiliness spreads, as I know them only from old whiskys. At the beginning. a bit dry with walnuts and soft smoke. Then it gets sweet, the sherry brings dried plums, raisins and many nuts. Dark chocolate and espresso set the counterpoint. After 25 years in the oak I expect that too. One could say that with 43.0% ABV he lacks the strength.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and spicy-dry, the Bowmore sounds. The sweet fruits and the sherry remain present, but move into the background. The smoke is more noticeable here, but remains elegant and restrained. Again walnuts, leather, tobacco and some almonds.

  41. mds51 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A clear disappointment. I would have expected much more for 25 years. The 43% hurt the whisky too, it comes watery therefore. And then that he is dyed after 25 years still, puts the crown on.
    • Nose
      Red fruits, oak, rhubarb, nuts, minimal smoke, sea air
    • Taste
      Slightly soapy, slightly watery, light smoky aromas, nut aromas (walnut, hazelnut), dark chocolate, light bitterness, some lime zest.
    • Finish
      The soapiness remains, light spice on the palate. Pretty short finish.

  42. Sievi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A beautiful complex whisky, which, however, promises a little more from the nose than it can hold in terms of taste. It is a shame that Bowmore did not do without the coloring.

    Nose: Lots of sherry and fruit tones, toffee and a hint of nuts, complex aromas of roasted wood and smoke, some leather and hints of herbs and salt.

    Taste: Not stormy but rather reserved, but with a variety of flavors that are dominated by sherry and dried fruits, paired with a subtle peat smoke. In addition, various notes compete in the background, with nuances of lemon and pineapple, toffee and hazelnut, wood, leather, grassy spices and salt.

    Finish: With the medium-long finish, the smoke tones come to the fore, next to them are sherry and fruit notes, followed again by a potpourri of light spicy, wood, leather and nut notes that result in a nice complexity.

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

  43. ApricotOne scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Complex, full-bodied, long finish. Something for the better from Scotland. Very good maturity, stands out clearly from younger Bowmore's. Absolutely worth the price, a class whisky. On Neudeutsch: Vil well, but nothing your price cash (probably), if have fumf children, hungry mouth must stuff like bird in nest, screams for kebab or megdonalds, nothing coal for wiski gutt boumor, other persona, you drink cheap model. Nothing to see donkey fruit and chocolate, the nonsense. Schmekke wi wisgi, the write. The sandman big fish, geine anung. Abr the wataia even bigger fish, as no soap and other guatsch, is whisggi and nothing bonbon / p>

  45. Sandman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Stewed fruit with raisins and chocolate
    • Taste
      Salt, dark fruit and a light pepper and chocolate
    • Finish
      Long, greasy and dark fruit

  46. wataya scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    nose: hint of soap, fresh sea breeze, licorice-viola-cherry-raisin candy-chewing gum sugar, underneath some wood, orange, citrus blossom, smoke, salt. taste: pepper, viola-bonbons, orange, candied sugar, a hint of clove, licorice and mint. finish: medium with flowers. 92 points.

  47. Pdh scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    My favorite! Especially in the mouth. Starts with soft mature sherry and fruit and explodes in liquorice with a long balanced finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      97 97

  48. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

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

  49. zby0001 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  50. Drochaid scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    "... Characteristics: Color: Mahagony Aroma: Sherry, very, very maritime and lemony, some wild and wet hay and of course peat smoke Very ripe oranges, steamed fruits, wet animal skin, a bit meager, oysters and hints of vanilla fudge, iodine A wonderful freshness, at the age of 25. A top class nose Taste: Oily, syrupy, peppery and candied sugar without end Toffee, hazelnut, enamel bitter almonds, fairly nutmeg, apricot juice, tangerine liqueur Floral notes, slightly geraniums in the background Oh no, not again! No, really, this typical Bowmore florality remains in the frame and does not bother in any way - apparently large bowmores were distilled in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in the end just a pleasure neither powerful nor very long, but wonderfully citrusy and lively, something like icing sugar and lemon and even a little tingling. A very, very good new Bowmore. Expansion: Bourbon and Sherry Casks Special feature: dyed. Well, but what kind of paints. He lets forget the lavender crisis, or lies long before her and shows what a Bowmore can be. Hopefully, the lavender will not survive casks so as not to affect Bowmore in another 25 years. Officially Bowmore "Aged 25 Years". ... " (Getraenkewelt-weiser.de)

  51. whioli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  52. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dark fruits and coastal smokiness. Slightly herbal
    • Taste
      Characteristic peat smoke, cocoa and dry, creamy
      nuttiness
    • Finish
      Gentle smoke, oak, mocha, hints of prunes

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