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Overall rating
88.23/100
votes
43
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Bottled
2013
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butts & Refill Hogsheads
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Bottle code
L13/A797
Barcode
5060188980964
Added on
09 Oct 2013 3:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 86,03

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bw3 SMS

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.23 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    If Bw2 is all about the tropical fruit, its successor ramps up the peat and smoke, but is kept in check with a line of citrus running through it. A successful marriage of several casks, including some subtle sherried notes, too.

    Cask details;
    1994 refill sherry butts married with 1995 refill hogsheads.

    Tasting Notes;

    Nose
    Aromatic wood smoke with a charcoal edge, along with grassy, floral notes. Fresh citrus and medicinal notes are joined by peatiness and a faint woodiness.

    Palate
    Fragrant peat smoke and coal dust, with more lemony citrus and some refreshing grapefruit, too. Smokier than your average Bowmore.

    Finish
    Well-balanced mix of fruit, smoke and oak.

  2. Varrek scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Really round, balanced and enjoyable
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet peat, minerals, little bit citrusy
    • Taste
      90 90
      burnt caramel, a bit ashy, smoke and peat, but round and soft
    • Finish
      90 90
      liquorly, salty with lemon peel

  3. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. whiskyd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

      An unbalanced mole came out, a feeling of unfinishedness, something hastily stuck, not completely assembled.
    • Nose
      A dull, moist, rain-drenched bog, wet peat, wet burnt chips, light notes of lemon peel, weak smoked motives, burned newsprint, on the whole not very impressive, there is a feeling of wateriness and dilution, or something.
    • Taste
      It is already better - power, pressure, burnt pine branches, coal, weak pepper wave, sweetness, burnt caramel with a metallic acidic taste, a burnt paper - some sort of disassembly.
    • Finish
      Coal-peat, grapefruit crust, mixture-herb bitterness, licorice root, valerian, there is nevertheless somehow disintegrated somehow.

  7. joep scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. joep scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A sweet and gently peaty dram from this long-running Islay distillery, Bw3 is, as the name suggests, the third entry from the distillery in the Elements of Islay range. This was awarded 90.5pts in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015.

    Bw3 (51.6%, Speciality Drinks Ltd, Elements of Islay, 2013)

    SGP:557 - 87
    • Nose
      it’s really the smoke that strikes first, but it’s charcoal and even exhausts rather than plain peat. A feeling of liquid smoke (not saying they’ve used any, of course!) then a lot of plasticine, ashes, fresh paint… And then more cut grass as well as more and more dirty oil, graphite, coal. Lastly, a wee touch of antiseptic. Rather less briny than others at this point.
    • Taste
      very big, with more citrusy touches than in the others, especially limoncello, pink grapefruits. Other than that it’s very smoky again, not very coastal, and perhaps a little more ashy rather than smoky – but it remains very smoky Bowmore.
    • Finish
      very long, always very citrusy and slightly liqueury. Also this feeling of engine oil and grease again. A sugariness in the aftertaste. Comments: this baby’s pretty different. It’s maybe not exactly my favourite kind of young Bowmore (because of the sweeter side), but it remains grand whisky for sure.

  9. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great, round Bowmore without corners and edges. The finish is long and accompanied by a slight smoky note that almost never stops. The price is worth it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

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