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Bowmore 1997

Overall rating
90.99/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Hand-filled at the distillery
Vintage
14.01.1997
Bottled
06.2013
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
23
Number of bottles
600
Strength
55.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 May 2013 6:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 699,50

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105 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.99 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Colour:
    Oloroso sherry
    Nose:
    Stinging salty-spicy! Leather, orange peel, plums and a sweet spice, accompanied by notes of rope, dinghy and maritime echoes. Dry smoke and a little bit of wood are good for the nose.
    Taste:
    Spicy, salty and fiery in the taste. More creamy than its predecessor: chocolate, mocha, liquorice, with paprika, nutmeg, herbs and more intensive wood.
    Finish:
    Long - dark notes and spicy. Mocha, chocolate, liquorice, espresso, dry wood and underground dull and dark fruity. Very beautiful.
    Comment:
    Basically the two. Unfortunately, the nice finish is not enough for the overall victory here.
    91 points
    N: 91P / G: 91P / F: 92P

  2. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Well... Do you even hand-fill bro? If you need to go the distillery for this, this dram simply confirms that it's a trip worth taking.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The nose is massive Sherry, and flowing peat embers. Mineral-y rich Sherry cake and intense barbecue sauce. Red berries and spent tea leaves, and mint.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The palate is huge. Sherry dominates and smoky peat holds the line. Loads of rich grilled red fruits. Charred strawberry and smoked porridge. As it opens the palate widens more with the Bowmore malt returning. Sweet porridge, hefty smoke and whetstone. Limestone, brine and a few more maritime notes. The mint shows up towards the end as it rolls into he finish, rich mint tea notes.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is to be expected, massive and rolling. Smoke rolls back and forth with the mineral shore notes and deep in the background are some more vanilla creme. The oak spice is very muted but that eucalyptus/mint shows up in the background again.

  3. VWWW scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Does it get any better? What a great whisky, deep dark sherry, over 16 years, perfectly peated, at cask strength makes the best balance!

  4. RL_whisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Only regret is that I did only filled one bottle. Fantastic combination of first fill sherry butt and smokiness!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Mackan35 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Wonderful,perfect, Well i can`t putt down in words how good it is. 

  6. DavidUK scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    As close to perfection as you can get. The very best whisky I have tasted.

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A classic dark sherry handfilled bowmore, which for my taste mostly got a little too much of everything and therefore rather overwhelming.
    Takes a lot of time and a few drops of water to "decrypt" it ...

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Very good as digestif as well
    • Nose
      90 90
      Acacia honey, nutmeg, fresh rubber, liquorice, brown sugar, molasses, toffee - really good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, spicy, more liquorice, herbal, menthol, old oak wood, dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, more herbal, a tad bitter

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Dark chocolate orange coffee, brilliant!

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