Bowmore Gold Reef

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon & Sherry Cask from America & Europe
43.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Apr 2014 7:37 pm by wacher

Average value

€ 55.95

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Gold Reef

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.64 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    I have struggled to find a decent Bowmore at a reasonable price lately. This is no exception.
    • Nose
      77 77
      Sweet, yellow fruits, honey, some citrus, hint of vanilla.
      Malt and a hint of "clean" smoke.
      If I was mean I would say dull and boring, but I'm not, so I'll go with little excitement.
    • Taste
      80 80
      A bit better on the palate, still on sweet and yellow.
      The smoke is more expressive here.
      It's not bad, but I struggle to engage and really befriend it.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Almost astringent. bitter wood.
      Sweeter with some nutty notes on the very end of a short of medium length finish.
      With a sort of OK body it has the kind of finish that actually discourage me from taking another sip.

  2. Unclimbability scored this whisky 66 points Member Senior

    Colour: E150a

    Body: Light/Medium

    Nose: Citrus and vanilla, marzipan.

    Taste: Soft and easy, some peat.

    Finish: Short/medium length. Lemon.

  3. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    very pleasant and much better than I expected due to the previous notes that I have read.
    I like the honey and creamy mouthfeel
    Also get an "easy-drinking" from me
    • Nose
      at the beginning, there are not many flavors.
      it takes a few minutes in the glass to unfold
      again subtle smoke, sweet Zirusfrüchte, oak and honey, yes a lot of honey. Very pleasant
    • Taste
      little smoke, a lot of honey-sweetness, light oak and a creamy and buttery mouthfeel

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a nice whisky
    an always welcomed dram
    • Nose
      sweet orange, pineapple, vanilla, behind Islay with peat and salt water but far away
      salty laundry with pineapple juice
      quite ripe peach fruit whose peel is rubbed off with the hands
    • Taste
      soft and very ripe peach, oranges, some pineapple juice,
      Nut, creamy milk chocolate, seasoning & peat
      on the palate comes nice light smoke
    • Finish
      Sage, orange, peat
      Malt and a bit bitter sweetness
      Wood >>> a little salt liquorice
      >> Smoke comes again

  5. whiskyd scored this whisky 63 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      59 59
    • Finish
      58 58

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  7. tangtang scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    it takes some time in the glass.
    If you give it to him, he shows an aromatic side.
    Admittedly not a monster of complexity, but easy drinking and with nice aromas
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, maritime notes, some salt, some vanilla, caramel, fruity towards berries and dark. Fruit. Some apricots and dried fruits. To background light chocolate
    • Taste
      84 84
      slightly sweet and fruity with a more subtle hint of smoke. a little salty, fruity. Chocolate, sweet, then slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      83 83
      rather short, slightly sweet, some chocolate. dark fruits, slightly salty.

  8. Apprentice6004 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore (Enigma) was the first Islay I bought, so I have a special relation with the brand. Now, with my experience, I still like it but it is my less favorite Islay brand. Gold Reef is ok to me, above the average Bowmore.
    • Nose
      80 80
      tobacco, orange, vanilla, almond, seaweed, bay leaves
    • Taste
      82 82
      seaweed, liquorice, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium to long

  9. TsiAI scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 24℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden smell Nose: miso, uncomfortable sherry bucket, artificial sweeteners, potions, expired desserts, accompanied by a pungent alcohol taste, some milk taste in the back Palate: bitter taste of tablets, milk , Dried fruit, expired nuts, a little bit of fruit vinegar, moderately salty, moderately smoky finish Finish: long, small theophylline hydrochloride tablets, aspartame, raw kelp body: medium, oily In general, obvious tannin and obvious bitterness

    Nose: 70/100
    Palate: 80/100
    Finish: 80/100
    Body: 80/100
    Overall: 77/100

  10. Koalafant scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The malt doesn't convince me.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet with notes of honey, papaya and honey melon with some cinnamon. Minimally smoky
    • Taste
      80 80
      Dry with honey and vanilla
    • Finish
      79 79
      medium length and quite dry with slight bitterness


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