Bowmore 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The distiller's choice
Stated Age
17 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Blue (top) / white (below) label
Bottle code
Added on
20 Nov 2013 10:07 pm

Average value

€ 89.90

8 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

130 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 17-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.63 points

  1. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The whisky animates one to deal with him and go on a journey of discovery
    • Nose
      Hardly any smoke and the sea are the first impressions again. The fruits are no longer so dark, the malt is fresher and sparkling, more lively. Tropical fruits like pineapple and mango
    • Taste
      The entrance is also sparkling, melon wrapped me smoked ham, campfire, sea, milk chocolate. All flavors are well balanced.

  2. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      blind Sample

      So bright amber

      Slightly phenolic smoke. Some salt and cereals. A flowery note peels off behind the smoke. Apple, dark berries, nut and some chocolate. There is something else, that does not fit quite well. Sour cucumber water and nail polish remover. Some honey and seasoning. Still something like brackish seawater. The alcohol is there and nicely cools the nose. Some licorice.
    • Taste
      Bah .... I did not expect the taste in my nose.
      I have to go noma right now. Spicy, smoky onset. Then something artificial comes. That does not fit at all. Tastes something like corn and old cider. Pear, old lemon and also here, a pinch of salt. I have a taste of stewed gum in my mouth. Brackish water and artificial notes over and over again. Could also be braised plastic. A good dose of nutty bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium. Very bitter. Smoky and artificial.

  3. Segens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    17y of Bowmore would be much better in Cask-Strength. Nevertheless especially for newcomers in the world of peat and Islay, it is worth a try.
    • Nose
      decent smoke, mandarine, medical note 

      Good nose especially for smoke starters as it is very decent but still the Islay character is there
    • Taste
      For me a bit more alcohol would have helped to deliver more taste in the mouth. Juicy oranges again decent smoke and sea salt but nothing spectacular. More basic than special
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish of a uncomplex Islay dram 

  4. chlinatele scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Buy spontaneously at the airport. Unfortunately bought overpriced. But generally not bad, typical Bowmore with little smoke.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoothly aromatic. Nutty malt. Smoky. Very good, appetising medicinal Islay character.
    • Taste
      Rounded, firm, malty, dry creaminess. Tightly combined flavours.
    • Finish
      Leafy, ferny, malty, sandy, smoky.

  6. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Wolv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    the nose is good
    the mouth pleasantly fruity (unfortunately I did not find the Bowmore chocolate)
    the departure then rather weak
    from a 17y you might expect a bit more depth of flow
    Tension and interplay are missing completely
    however, compared to the 3 17y predecessors
    a 180 ° turn
    a welcomed dram
    • Nose
      ripe peaches & melon
      subtle smoke
      salty maritime
    • Taste
      nice start
      smooth and cool
      ripe melon & peach in smoke
      spicy salt and young wood
    • Finish
      slightly bitter
      salty young wood
      At the very end, there is some malt sweetness added


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