Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Cask
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
04 Nov 2008 4:34 pm

Average value

€ 74.96

24 × in wishlist

596 × member ratings

1928 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Enigma

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.73 points

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Stunningly good and flavorful despite 40% abv when compared in a blind with the current 12 yo. I guess sometimes you just have to experience the decrease in quality to see how good "mediocre" malts of the past really were....

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is terrific, after which it steadily falls off. Still tastes very good and is mega exciting through the nose.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Subtle and perfectly integrated smoke, sweetened strawberries, asphalt, citrus peel, pink grapefruit
    • Taste
      86 86
      Delicate start, creamy, fine smoke, citrus rasp, pleasant oak flavor, the strawberries come back with a bit of acidity, no dryness, the 40% is absolutely sufficient
    • Finish
      83 83
      Typical drinking strength - a little too short, the smoke remains ashy and oak-tinged, lemon peel

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Light cigarilio, heavy sherry, bittersweet. A soft, heavy whisky that is very drinkable.

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Compared to the normal 12er Enigma is a little less elegant, but sweeter, milder, a bit earthier. With 30-35 € / liter in his time had an unbeatable value for money and if you still get it somewhere today, I would find 60 € not over the top, so delicious it is always.
    • Nose
      smoky-sweet, chocolate, earth, warm, moist hay, plus a light fresh breeze with salt and lemon
    • Taste
      smoky, bittersweet grape nut chocolate with salt & pepper (mild), very tasty
    • Finish
      medium to long, cocoa, salt, pepper, smoke remains quite a long time with a slight blackberry and licorice note

  6. Mannheimer scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Although the sherry share is slightly higher than the regular 12-year-old, it does not taste much better, even much worse. Indicates that a plethora of E150 has been dumped.
    Too watery on the palate, leaves the impression as if it had matured in a sponge barrel. Bowmore got lost completely here. Fortunately I only bought it for 35.90 € in 2014.
    • Nose
      Musty sherry, rancid smoke and sponge.
    • Taste
      Extremely watery, sherry and smoke do not play together, wet wood and a hint of milk chocolate and ripeness.
    • Finish
      Shortly (luckily),

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Svenson scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Whiskydream.de writes:

    Bowmore 12 years Enigma In terms of color, the Enigma is a bit darker (according to distillery description "deep bronze") than the Bowmore 12 in the glass, which may be due to the higher sherry barrel portion.
    The sherry is also the first controlling aroma in the nose. Connected with flowery-sweet notes (heather) and later added maritime (salty) flavors and some smoke a quite successful beginning of tasting. (84)
    In the mouth, salty-sweet flavors continue, well integrated are some pepper and smoke. Furthermore malt, heather, hay. Overall, round and quite complex with medium sharpness (slightly less than Bowmore 12). (82)
    The warming finish is of medium length in the throat, while in the mouth linger very long tingling oak and slight sweetness. (82)
    Overall rating: 83 points More info: http://whiskydream-de.webnode.com/tastings-az/b/

  9. steinrich scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Laga93 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81


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