Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
1994 - 1995
Calculated age
17 years old
Refill Sherry Butts & Refill Hogsheads
51.6 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2013 3:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 150.00

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52 × member ratings

132 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bw3 SMS

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.19 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;

    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.

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

    Well-balanced mix of fruit, smoke and oak.

  2. Zinni scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I like this Bowie very much, for me an absolute benchmark for 90s Bowies.
    • Nose
      Elegant and restrained smoke, sweet sherry, fully ripe fruits, a little liquorice ... with water, both sherry and smoke fade into the background and set the stage for the ingenious fruitiness of Bowie!
    • Taste
      Sweet, marzipan, orange zest, after a few seconds increasing saltiness, again the elegant smoke ... with water also here fruity.
    • Finish
      Tart woody, creamy, a little ginger, medium to long ... with water, in contrast to the nose, it becomes smokier and also drier.

  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind button:
      A lot of depth, dark chocolate, it is not very young, nuts and light candied wood and malt, firecrackers, very nice, round, mild part, with water more metal and more peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Very mild and very balanced, bitter in the middle, tap on 51% and about 15 years, sweeter with water, but not bourbon, more like sherry.
    • Finish
      I like him.

  4. Varrek scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. whiskyd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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.

  9. joep scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.


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