Bowmore Laimrig

Overall rating
88.03/100
votes
643
Whiskybase ID
WB54980
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 4
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L142175 16:08 114
Barcode
5010496004029
Added on
19 may 2014 7:09 pm by edei
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 436.87

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Laimrig

122 users have left 135 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.03 points.

  1. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful typical sherry cask matured Bowmore. In my opinion, it absolutely needs a few drops of water to develop fully, otherwise the alcohol is a bit too noticeable.
    The Bowmore Darkest comes very close in terms of taste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      tolerates a few drops of water otherwise the alcohol stings a little; the typical mineral-earthy fine Bowmore smoke settles in the nose; behind dark fruits; raisins; figs; currants; Chocolate; some tobacco and leather; salty maritime notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      nice oily mouthfeel; fine smoke; mineral-earthy; dark fruits; raisins; Chocolate; some leather; tart notes of wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      tart, spicy wood; mineral-earthy; tobacco and leather; raisins; Cocoa; delicate smoky note remains; getting dry

  3. Ashita scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Wonderful liquor, needless to say
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. molpet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The best out of 4 Bowmores I had so far. Clearly displaying what a Bowmore with using excellent sherry cask can do. A very good whisky for sure, but anything above 150 Euro is just ridiculous.

    Nose: Clear sherry influence, strong vanilla and honey notes. Typical Bowmore smoke.
    Taste: Melted nugat, mocha. The alcohol is very well integrated. Don't put water into this!
    Finish: Long.

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. hyc scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------87
    Flavor--------------------89
    End rhyme--------------------88

  7. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. mr_braun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. ep11ripee scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22/21.5/21/21.5
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A good sherry profile with tones of dark berries.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Such a triangle consisting of smoke, oak and dark dried fruits and berries. This is complemented by the dryness of the tobacco leaf and leather.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, but soft, rounded, sweet and moderately dry, smoked. This can be a good drink to end the evening.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, dry, slightly smoked, long.

  11. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Opened this bottle after emptied a Kilkerran 8Yo CS Re-charred Oloroso Sherry Cask a day ago. Price-wise the Kilkerran has gone up over the years so right now the two are comparable. Both are smoky, the latter matured in re-charred sherry cask, the former, as the box said, has "finished its long 15 year maturation in ... Spanish sherry casks" (pay attention!). So, must be interesting...

    This baby is timid in the nose, thinner in the body, and dry in the palate. A little bit dull compare with the Kilkerran I would say.
    • Nose
      81 81
      At first....no, nothing. Asked somebody to nose it to make sure it is not me. Same response. I was using the same nosing glass I used to sip the Kilkerran. This shy baby really needs time to open. A few minutes later, there was plum, prune juice, and there's the smoke. It got a little bit lower ABV than the Kilkerran but the alcohol seems more pungent.

      After a whole 10, 15 minutes, it showed sandalwood, vanilla, pencil shaves... started getting into the mood. There is even lukewarm cola, not bad. But still, too shy a nose.
    • Taste
      81 81
      This baby will dry your mouth fairly quickly. It is ashy, smoky and even a little meaty. Chocolate? Only a whiff at the very beginning of a sip. Green raisin appeared when rolling in mouth, then comes the kick.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long, lingering ashy smoky finish. But lack the back of the throat after-taste that the Kilkerran has.

  12. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very nice, sometimes, but also at times getting dangerously close to soapy-land and lavender-country.. ultimately saved by the good texture and solid shery-peat interplay.. difficult to score, because it can be quite good and quite off in a matter of seconds.. some bitter notes in the finish do not exactly help, but i find myself rooting for this dram..

  13. SpringBarley scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  14. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dark cherry cocoa with bacon and nutty-honey-like smoke - there's so much umami, synapses are glowing!

  16. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    wonderful malt. I like it very much. Very balanced and dangerously tasty malt.
    • Nose
      smoky, dried fruits, sweetish, nice sherry aromas, slightly ashy, alcohol is somewhat present, dark fruits
    • Taste
      Smoke, some ash, dried fruits, spicy, oak, pepper, very intense sherry aromas,
    • Finish
      dark fruits, strong, spicy, dried fruits, quite long, again nice sherry notes. Getting drier later

  17. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A good Bowmore. Good mixture of Bowmore smoke, sherry and wood and that in a high alcohol strength. That fits.
    I just have the spring tide parallel in the glass. The spring tide looks a little fuller and more elegant.
    Nonetheless, Laimrig is a nice whisky.

  18. stupiddog1022 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    N: Fresh honey initially, raspberry, dried fruit, smoke, dark coffee, and much sherry.

    M: tobacco was quite out there at first. Oily, dark fruit, caramel

    F: Long, dark fruit, a little salt, gets more watery towards the end(soft water), that's where it falls short i'd say.

    With water: Alcohol was more prominent on nose and palate. More mintholated as well. Less fruit. Better without water.

  19. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Thirstin scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Charred smoking log on the nose. Black pepper bacon, muddy maritime briny peat, burnt part of the ham. Really deep, muddy and oily, and lots of Bowmore peat … a soft and briny-sweet dark cloud of maritime peat smoke. Some bitter dark chocolate. When left in glass 15-20min, an interesting fruity flavor emerges – dark fruits like raisins and dates. To sum up, it’s like drinking burnt-part-of-the-ham, black pepper bacon briny peat smoking motor oil. Awesome cask strength Sherried Bowmore!

  21. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 25℃

    Viewing Eyes: Raw and fragrant Nose: pills, sterilized water, jam, fruit puree, sweet butter cake in a few minutes, sweet butter cake, pineapple jam, ripe dark fruit, burning tobacco, a little smoked sea fish,
    Taste Palate: puree with lemon juice, very sweet smoked fish, bacon, obvious tannins, a little smell of seawater, black currant jam, dark food, black chocolate, dried tobacco, pills, bitter The bottom is a little bit more finish. Finish: long, not too light, smoked salmon, rose salt, a little caramel sauce. Body: Medium, a certain firmness, medium to low tannin, bitter bottom, irritating

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 86/100
    Body: 85/100
    Overall: 85/100

    Overall: Palate is a little messy, sweet and sour, bitter, and smoky fighting over the head, whichever is the turn to count.

  22. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Light haze and peat, soot, earth, malt, sweet apples, floral notes, creamy toffee, fresh tree, light yeast acidity, juniper. 22
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, moderately sweet, powerful, at first slightly burning. Black pepper and other spices, delicate smoke and peat, ash, toffee, fruit caramel, wood tannins, phenolic motifs, barely noticeable medical notes. 22
    • Finish
      Long, smoothly fading, smoky-phenolic. 22
      Balanced, delicious island whisky. Balance 22
      Total 88

  23. Seanzhang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The spirit is enhanced by the oak, rather than overwhelmed.
    • Nose
      Soft barbecue smoke, bacon and an abundance of sherry influence. There's plums, raisins, figs and a big amount of tobacco leaves, as well as creamy custard. Big whisky!
    • Taste
      The tropical fruitiness of the Bowmore spirit still shines despite the heavy cask influence, which is an incredible testament to the highs that Bowmore can reach. The palate offers more of the same elements I already mentioned on the nose, but there's also a gentle spiciness that lifts the entire whisky, as well as oranges and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      A continuation. Long.

  25. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  27. WhiskyMonster did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Colour: bronze (apple juice)
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, raisins, bonfire put out by light rain, mixed spice
    • Taste
      So good. Peppery and sweet and oaky and lightly smoked. Like oak smoked salmon with Christmas cake
    • Finish
      A near perfect balance of delicate peat and rich fruit diminishing in equal proportions

  28. S_S scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  29. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful and complex. Great
    • Nose
      89 89
      Light herbs, cherry. Very complex and difficult to decode
    • Taste
      91 91
      Incredible fruit with wonderfully built-in smoke. Fantastic
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long finish!

  31. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Wiener scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

  33. whiscratch scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  34. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Dirty character with burnt bacon, chocolate, orange, raisins and I think a well-integrated alcohol, the Sticht but quite clear in the nose. After a little break I still find cocoa, grapes, overripe peach, cherries, Grandma's wardrobe, cigars in the humidor. Above all the beautiful subliminal Bowmore smoke. Here, however, I even find (compared to the Darkest from memory) the medical of the Islay south coast.

    Taste: First swallowed nicely, that makes no fun in 54%, clearing, clearing, wheezing .... cough. Ok on a new: Oily, sweet and spicy at the same time, oh cool, it really tastes almost like it smells. The spice takes over, cocoa and chocolate in the charcoal jacket.

    Finish: Medium long, the oak holds, but very sweet, little dryness with persistent chocolate and fading smoke.

    I have the notes related to the undiluted version. With water I find him even better and since he reminds me anyway in every respect of the Darkest in cask strength I must say that he is no longer for me. Nevertheless, excellent whisky, a pleasure through and through.

  35. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Extremely delicious Bowmore with an ideal degree. Elegant cut of the basis of the sherry barrel. Amazed at the lack of smoke. Whisky for pleasure.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Wine, sherry, oakwood, dried tomatoes from those that add to tea, licorice, sea iodized salt, green grapes, coffee grains, earthiness, dry peat, marzipan, tart sour berries, a hint of the presence of bacon, barely noticeable mint , tobacco leaf, new skin. A good mix of delicate peat and sherry.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, fruity, pepper, raisins and tobacco, sea sherry, thick, bacon, candy "Marine pebbles".
    • Finish
      91 91
      Continued taste, sweet, pepper, juicy fruit, warming, long, tangentially sherry, oak, peat, herbal infusion. In the future there is a smoke.

  36. Koalafant scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow ... I did not expect this assertiveness. This malt combines the depth of the 18-year-old with the power of the Darkest and puts with the higher alcohol content a few extra coals into the fire.
    • Nose
      First, a heavy alcohol, but it evaporates quickly. Behind a slightly sweet sherry note with prunes and dates. Little smoke.
    • Taste
      First of all, I am surprised by a strong licorice note that is ensnared by dry fruits. Here, too, a mild smoke for Bowmore proportions, which completes everything beautifully.
    • Finish
      long and sweet

  37. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice peat sherry combo. Not overly complex but a nice combo regardless. Perhaps a little syrupy on the finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  38. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Starts out cautiously. Distant campfire smoke. Then lemons, oranges, yellow plums. Landjäger, some smoked ham. Fresh potting soil, a touch of coffee.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Herbal tea with honey. Raspberries, mild pepper, some vanilla and caramel. Subtle cigar smoke.

  39. Marvin B. scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  40. Andreas W. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Malthead: 78 points https://www.malthead.org/malthead/a-sixpack-bowmore-s

  42. Mr. D. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  43. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Colour: mahogany
    Nose: sweet fruits, dried fruits, raisin, light and delicate peated smoke, berries, black currant and christmas cake.
    Mouth: sweet, light dryness, berries, light and delicate peated smoke, dried fruits and pepper.
    Finish: long, delicate peated smoke, dried fruits, grass, pepper and earth.
    Bowmore Laimrig has a perfect balance between sweetness and peatness, as I like.

  44. toklian scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N21 P20 F21 B20

  45. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 20 82

  46. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Incredible Bowmore!
    For me, the perfect smoky sherry whisky!
    Typical Bowmore smoke with a big cargo
    Sherry influences like coffee, dark fruits and some leather.
    The successor is already ready ...

    Very strong 91/100

  47. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Grape. It promises to be juicy. The smoke pulls towards the burnt. Relatively austere, I was expecting something more greedy (compared to the distant memory that I have Batch 3). Honey is growing. We also have dry almonds - the kind that would have dragged a little too long in a tight box. It gains in depth with the opening, I also have cocoa powder.
      With water, it looks more fleshy. I have some wood and caramel. Cereals emerge. It's crazy, adding water rejuvenates! Some citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Well spiced but very mellow at the same time, the smoke is in the process of union. Generous and balanced, it remains on this relatively austere profile announced on the nose.
      With water, more fluid in the mouth but also much more commonplace.
    • Finish
      Traces of smoke. Intense final with a lingering clove note. Water makes spices more diverse and biting.

      Enthusiasm:
      Nose 3/5
      Mouth 4/5 (3/5 with water)
      Final 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1895

  48. dram_on scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Note: let this pour sit for 20 minutes before nosing and tasting
    Score: 85
    Rationale: see below
    Comment: this one needs to breathe, will try adding water next time
    • Nose
      86 86
      Burnt plums, dark dark chocolate, burning logs, honey-salt combo, light cherries
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fiery ashes, maritime, burnt chocolate, wood shavings
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, salted dark chocolate, rotten raspberry jam, something meaty

  49. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, coalfire, tar and machine oil. A little rubber too, but not in a bad way. Then the warm sherry-notes come out with plums on syrup, oranges and spicy notes: dry forrest floor, leather, tobacco and a hint of the sea.
    • Taste
      Full and rounded with the expected combination of smoke, here more as ashes and peat, and sherry, here manifested as honey, oranges, milk-chocolade and almond. In the background the earthy, spicy notes remain. Neither the sherry nor the peat dominates, they keep eachother in a nice balance, pingponging my palet back and forth.
    • Finish
      Slowy drying with some lingering fire, tobacco, oak, sezhuan pepper and almond. Doesn't get too bitter or sharp, but lingers without getting too soft either. One of the best Bowmore's of recent years.

  50. Deloti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

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

  52. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable and also enjoyable
    • Nose
      Fine smoky, citrus fruits, lemons, sea breeze, iodine,hints of toffee, whiffs of leather couch - very good
    • Taste
      Very punchy, oily, creamy, citrusy, oranges, smoked bacon, no bitter peat, red fruits too
    • Finish
      Long, warm

  53. GlenAli scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  54. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  55. HW74 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The oak flavors are perfectly integrated, as is the sherry influence. The primary ripening may have been in First Fill Bourbon barrels. An excellent whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  56. Dottore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good Bowmore, who does not let me jump in the triangle with enthusiasm. He is clearly too hot for me without water despite "only" 54.1%. With water, it is much more pleasing and without watering down quickly. 87 points
    • Nose
      For a Bowmore surprisingly restrained smoke, dominate Sherrynoten: currant, figs, raisins. Bacon. a little alcohol. Tobacco. Leather. something meaty.
    • Taste
      Hot without water. The alcohol is not perfect for me. It opens up nicely with water, a harmonious combination of fruit and smoke. Fresh fruits than in the nose. beautiful orange notes. Oak. some ginger. sweet pastries.
    • Finish
      Long, pretty sweet. Some pepper, still oranges. Cocoa.

  57. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, almost the darkest in bar strength. The batch is pure but too pure, I have to dilute anyway, for the money, I would probably rather take 2 bottles of darkest.
    • Nose
      short leather, tobacco, cocoa, but already it stings in the nose, because I need water (should be much sharper than Batch 3, which went well without) - jep, much more pleasant, tart-sweet, cocoa, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco , Furniture polish, a bit of rubber, with lots of water -> caramel & orange
    • Taste
      Water also does good here, it can tolerate a lot without watering down - fat, oily, spicy-sweet, cocoa, leather, tobacco, pepper, the smoke is well integrated and comes over rather tartly / bitterly bitter, a touch of blackberry and camellia
    • Finish
      long, hot, dry, cocoa, pepper, oak, tobacco

  58. RichardMayston scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Laimrig was first released in Batch 1 2009 4,500 bottles Sweden Batch 2 2010 15,000

    Batch 3 2011 18,000

    Batch 4 2014 unknown 

    Matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished for about a year in ex-sherry Oloroso butts. It was named after the Gaelic word for ‘pier’.

    When compared to its weaker brother, the Darkest, this is much more substantial. The added alcohol has brought out much more gravity and depth, and toned down some of the heavier oak notes. Bowmore 15 yo ‘Laimrig’ (54.1%, OB, 2014)  We had tried the original Laimrig for Sweden back in 2009 and just loved it (WF 90). That one was double matured in bourbon then Spanish sherry wood, but it seems that newer batches such as this one were rather finished for a few months. Which ain’t exactly the same thing. Colour: amber. Nose: well me like. A Christmassy spiciness, cloves, oranges and all that, on a lot of tobacco, heavily smoked salmon, then bicycle inner tubes and a few drops of walnut wine. Works well so far. With water: some kind of rather lovely pipe tobacco. And dried porcinis galore! And cured ham! We’re almost in an old trattoria somewhere in Italy. Mouth (neat): big creamy gingery and pastissy (!) arrival, with all things oaky and spicy at the same time forward. Caraway, aniseed, ginger, sandalwood, ultra-infused herbal teas, more pastis, even absinth… and all that. This is huge and not quite ‘whisky’ in my book, but that’s only me and I rather like it, since balance has been found, in my opinion. With water: it got even bigger, concentrated and extractive, with many spices. Alsatian (or German) Christmas spice cake, spicy Christstollen… Finish: very long, maybe a notch too gingery and oaky. Speculoos and bitter oranges. Comments: spectacular. I’m not sure the distillate has got much to say in this context – and Bowmore’s no bland spirit – but I think this really works. Good recipe. SGP:566 - 87 points53.7% abv

    Score:  91/100 Each time I sit down with a glass ( or two) of this malt I feel like I’m making a big mistake.  Like I should maybe be putting away a few extra bottles for that proverbial rainy day.  I think we’re all familiar with the old parable about the grasshopper and the ant, right?

    With the current state of the whisky world being what it is (soaring costs, dipping ages and a steady veering towards no age statement malts) I fear it really is only a matter of time until the ’15’ disappears from the label of this expression.  Or further, that the Laimrig disappears altogether.  Let’s hope I’m wrong on that one, but I think either way it’s time to shelve a few bottles for future days.

    Laimrig is a revelation.  A sub $100 release that simply outperforms anything comparable on the market.  Its appeal (at least for me) lies in the intricacies of the marriage of sweet and smoke, and how beautifully it manages to integrate these pieces into such a harmonious whole.  The three main factors at play here are peat + sherry + age.  The smokiness though, for any who may be concerned they may not be peat-conditioned enough for this one, is restrained enough to sit behind the syrupy fruit notes, creating a very broadly appealing dram.  I’ve yet to pour one for someone and have them not like it.  And finally… probably the single greatest asset working in favour of Laimrig is a return to a fruitier style of Bowmore.  This profile is far preferable to the more floral Bowmore we’ve been privy to for the past several years.  Absolutely a move in the right direction for this distillery.

    Undoubtedly my favorite  under-20 y.o. whisky out there.

    Nose:  Grape juice.  Smoke.  Deep jammy notes and berry coulis.  Well-oiled leather.  Sea spray.  A touch of grapefruit.  Ash and iodine.  Devil’s food cake and cherry pie filling.  Apples and apple skins.  A little bit of rubber.  A savoury, slightly meaty note.

    Palate:  Deep, deep threads of smoked dark tree fruits.  Lush and juicy.  Smoky and hinting at a Fisherman’s Friend kind of medicinal edge.  Plum sauce and some dark gooey Asian sauces (hoisin?).  Apple skins and soggy wood.  Oil.  Viscous and rich.

    Thoughts:  I adore this whisky.  Slightly different than previous ones I’ve tried, but equally awesome.  A little more on woods and less on fruits, I think, if I had to put my finger on it. – Reviewed by:  CurtAndré 92.5%

    What mix ... the quality of sherry and fine peat distillery, delivered with the expertise of a tightrope walker. Sherry fruity crushed grapes, dried fruits, berries, dark chocolate, black coffee, tobacco and peat smoke.In the mouth, the salt is more apparent but nestles well in the reef fruity flavors and peat smoke comforters.Patience will reward those who delight carefully aromas, the nose gets rounder, super fruity, sherry is greedy and full, peat balanced carefully, allowing the rise of caramel tasty good soft notes. Cherries, dates, prunes, chocolate, tobacco ... saline and dusty sensation in all finals mouth, orange and ginger cake of the holiday season fruits. Again, the distillery proves that the proper selection of sherry casks can already bring a whisky of great quality, a stellar quality. Another star in the firmament of the distillery.

    Patrick 95%

    I would have had to buy a box. Just a sip and if this is not already the case, you also turn into crazy whisky.Nose: Sea salt, ripe fruit of sherry, caramel and creamy smoke and subtle wood button. Triggers an irresistible thirst. Mouth: I top! Warm sherry, caramel creamy, voluptuous salt, captivating and wonderful oak smoke.Almost perfect. Finish: Long, enchanting, charming, sublime and captivating
    • Nose
      Stunning 

      Christmas spices, cloves, oranges tobacco. some dark grunge - a garage workshop. 

      Meaty, and woody - hot walnuts.
    • Taste
      Devine 

      Very dark sherries with a peated background, a terrific combo. Lots of wood spice. Black tea. Huge flavour.
    • Finish
      Mind blowing glowing sunset.

      Very long, oranges, spice, some oak bitterness.

  59. Wiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  60. Wiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    great malt. Thumbs up. Blind, I would have classified him older than 15 years. Many people compare him to the Darkest. It has been a long time since I had that in the glass, but in my opinion, the Darkest the Laimrig not enough water. A strong, very harmonious malt. I like it.
    • Nose
      Immediately one of the fine Bowmorerauch comes to meet. Then very dark chocolate. dark fruits. Raisins. Plums. Even after adding half a teaspoon of water, very heavy sherry notes. You already have the volume in your nose. Very promising. Leather, polish. After 10 minutes I have oak too. Caramel, a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very voluminous. Creamy. Again dark fruits. Esspresso. Balsamic. A pleasant sweetie. In the mouth, the smoke is very fine, and pleasant for me. Now I have roasted nuts. Again some water. Dark toast. I think that the roasted aromas are intensified by the water again. The oak is now noticeable again. A nice herbal spice. Everything fits together nicely.
    • Finish
      Lang saliva flow. Dry sherry stays in the mouth

  61. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  62. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Taste is a lot firmer and fuller than the smell.
    • Nose
      Fruity, rubber, plums, red fruit, mint, milk chocolate, sweet. Light peat. Roasted nuts, the scent of a nut shop
    • Taste
      Solid, light pepper, full. Red fruit, milk chocolate, orange, tobacco, nuts, wood, forest / earthy notes.
    • Finish
      Full, light pepper. Pretty long, warming. Peat, campfire, tobacco, wood, red fruit.

  63. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This Laimrig is, compared to the Devil's Casks, the gentler, rounder malt with the (for me) more pleasant smoke flavor. The Laimrig also tolerates some water and thereby gains sherry depth and fruit sweetness.
    • Nose
      Laimrig of gentle strength: the smoke, the earth tones and the sherry. The herbs give a fine foundation; All in all, compared to the Devil's Casks, they have a more mysterious, restrained nose.
    • Taste
      Comes nicely oily in the mouth, the alcohol tingles softly, then getting stronger, the smoke is more likely to Selchrauch, has lost some of the "Bowmore-Muffigkeit". Then comes a beautiful herbal note that complements the sherry well.
    • Finish
      The finish again is oak-accented and the herbal and forest soil notes are well remembered.

  64. Malinois scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Need to go a point upwards since the bottle is more then half. Goes from 88 to 89. It seems the briny influence is woven into the sherry account and topped with an half-dry sweetness and that typical smoke. Very nice!

  65. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Whereas Bowmore's core range seems to prove consistently disappointing besides a few Tempest's batches, this one definitely comes as an exception. Darker and yet gentler than what I remembered, maybe I should go for 89 actually. It's only lacking some texture to be a 90-pointer.
    • Nose
      [Revisited September 2017] What I remembered to be red fruits seemed rather black this time, some kind of very nice bramble jam on top of those unmistakable burnt tyres. Leather indeed, rubber a plenty,  various "heady" spices like nutmeg and burnt rosmeray or thyme. Excellent.
    • Taste
      Very nice palate in the nose's continuity, nice alcohol integration, it's actually much more medicinal than I remembered, with some kind of blackcurrant flavoured cough syrup. Soy sauce.
    • Finish
      Marinated fish and blackcurrant on the finish, still feels kinda "burnt" and rubbery, but in a good way : it's the distillate typicity that talks, not any sulfur, at least after the bottle has aerated.

  66. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    [Revisited September 2017]

    I bought one at 75€ yesterday : that's simply an adorable price for what it is (presentation's mark just comes to balance it).
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  67. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Finally a good value for money Bowmore. And the sherry amount is excellent beside the peat.
    • Nose
      Peat and sherry. Raspberry, smoked ham, marzipan. Oak and ash.
    • Taste
      More sherry, fruits and oak than the nose. Peat, tannins, spices.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, smoky.

  68. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent stuff from what I remember, I'd buy this over a modern Uigeadail anyday.
    • Nose
      (A few notes from a long time ago). Peat, but also marinated grapes, some marzipan. With time, there's a definite raspberry smell to it, as well as some oaky spices, mostly curry.
    • Taste
      Quite sherry-forward, nice peat integration, wine tannins and spices, nutmeg and burnt leather, red fruits.
    • Finish
      In the same vein, long, spicy, "red" and a bit rubbery.

  69. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  70. Abadon05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and also much more complex than the darkest. But not worth twice the price.
    • Nose
      Hams better said that there are always associations with ham chips. In addition, redcurrants and blackberries. But the cask strength is also noticeable
    • Taste
      sweet, dark berries and cherries
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Occupies the whole mouth, plus a spice, which is well integrated into coffee and dark cherry notes.

  71. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A super peaty sherry, powerful and generous.
    88+ / 89-
    Close to batch 3, maybe more sherry
    • Nose
      slightly peaty, traces of iodine, rather earthy, ashes, some dried fruits,
    • Taste
      Slightly creamy, good sugar balance, well integrated alcohol. Greedy notes, earth, plum, some caramel raisins, dark chocolate, some iodine, quite spicy on the finish
    • Finish
      Long, on dark chocolate, ashes, a little caramel.

  72. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  73. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    really good stuff for lovers of the peat/sherry combination.
    • Nose
      nice combo of sherry and peat, dried fruit and cow stable. smoked bacon. slightly dusty. polished cedar and sandalwood. hints of incense, hints of tobacco leaves. a real nice oakiness.
    • Taste
      pleasantly dry, the cow stable is gone. the fruit is much fresher than on the nose. orange chocolate, bitter orange jam, hints of solvent - somehow grainy. tobacco again and lots of oak, but very pleasant.allspice, freshly ground cinnamon.
    • Finish
      long, spicy

  74. Najzero scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    One of my favorites. Overly enjoy the finish - the initial bite from the alcohol level, goes into a creamy chocolate in my mouth. Slowly vanishing into that bowmore smoke.

    Sadly I only smell leather, cigars and somewhat of plums - as I already know that I get rewarded even more when it's in my mouth.

    It's price rises from year to year by around 10€ and even now around 80€ and above it still delivered in the boring bowmore bottle.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  75. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      At first surprisingly introverted, "bowmore-typical" smoke that threatens to sink into heavy sherry tunes. In the first few minutes, the high alcohol content (54.1%) is noticeable with a very slight stinging in the nose, but it disappears again after some time. Raisins, plums, blackcurrants, raspberries, oranges, leather and pipe tobacco rise from my glass. Some milk chocolate and already spicy oak notes join. After about 15 to 20 minutes, I feel the smoke more intense than at the beginning.
    • Taste
      Powerful start, the 54.1 volume percent push at the first moment properly. An incredibly oily, almost creamy mouthfeel is framed by a fine cloud of smoke with intense sherry flavors. Oranges, raisins, currants, cherries and heavy notes, such as leather, tobacco and spicy oak wood follow. A touch of salt and dark chocolate complete the multi-layered and harmoniously balanced aroma flavor.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and sherrylastiger finish. Again, I find raisins, some tobacco, dark chocolate and spicy oak notes. Minimal bitterness and slightly drier.

  76. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A peaty / sherry whisky rather thin without real complexity but good integration of alcohol
    very good daily dram
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate, cherry, leather, smoke
    • Taste
      Salted tip, caramel, cherry, peat chocolate
    • Finish
      average

  77. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Thanks for the dram, Martijn ;-)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  78. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose: dark red creamy sherry, black and red currants, plums, cinnamon, oak sawdust with a little resin, mild smoke, mint, wax, roasted malt notes
    Taste: Tart spicy oak, smoked ham, full-bodied, dark red berry jam, dusty dominant oak, soft - round - no noticeable alcohol at over 54%, slightly bitter on the palate, slightly acidic acidity with herbs, notes of chocolate, long dry finish   
    Conclusion: for me it is more than a darkest with more alcohol, it seems more mature, more valuable, the fruit flavors are clearer - noticeably better, probably better barrel selection, very tasty for me - but I find the current price with the 90 € too high ,
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  79. Blo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good, very well done, no complaints, except that it is not really easy to find the original character of the distillery in there, but frankly, I think this is not the goal. A winter whisky, to drink without thinking too much and which allows to take pleasure at all levels. Excellent Q / P at the original price (about 70 €).
    • Nose
      Total absence of aggressiveness, alcohol is never felt. Very sweet, big influence of the Sherry, the 'finish' had to take place in rather active barrels! White peach, a discrete and light peat, sweet, and a little nut. Complexity quite relative but the effectiveness is there.
    • Taste
      A lively and fiery attack on the cake soaked in alcohol, peat is also directly more present than on the nose. Again alcohol does not attack at any time. Milk chocolate and honey are present then leave room for more tobacco and old leather notes, while keeping this suave and sweet aspect.
    • Finish
      Long, and quite salty.

  80. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  81. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  82. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    One of the best Bowmore OA I know (up to and including 25's). The Darkest, however, is comparably good.
    • Nose
      Sherry, peat, sweetish, fresh, but also clear oak, some mint, autumn leaves.
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity, peat, tobacco, sherry, oak, peach and raisins.
    • Finish
      Sherry, peat, tart, but always with a little sweetness in the background, some menthol, some tobacco and oak.

  83. Kalle208 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, lightly alcoholic pungent, slightly ashen not peaty, yummy sweet fruit, leather and aromatic tobacco, vanilla, caramelized almonds
    • Taste
      Sweet! Sparkling alcohol, seasoning, pepper, with water even creamier and the sharpness goes back ... very delicious!
    • Finish
      Dry finish with tobacco and leather

  84. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite a good price/quality ratio.
    • Nose
      Soft peat, ash, mackerel, leather, mint, peach, dates With water: beefier, like bacon.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Soft peat and ripe fruits, chili peppers, honey, chocolate and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Barbecued marshmallows, orange, apricot, bonfire and pepper.

  85. Glenladdie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  86. alectron scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Notes from Laimrig Batch 3 VS Batch 4 head2head
    • Nose
      smokey, salty/briney, mineral, lemons (grilled ?!), apples, cereal, succade/zitronat, granite, some coffee (grounds). (86)
    • Taste
      Oily, salty/briney, smokey, lemon, succade/zitronat, dry oak. (87)
    • Finish
      more smoke, now the sherry comes through with some chocolate notes as well, granite, oranges. (88)

  87. Daan Tje scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  88. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    On the nose this has all the classic Bowmore traits stamped all over it, with the nutty and salty peat (much less immediate, medicinal and punchy than its neighbours from the south shore) nicely intertwined with the softer, sweeter fruits from the sherry cask finish. When put up against full-term sherry cask matured Bowmore (e.g. devil's cask or the 13th edition of the hand bottled series) it lacks a certain depth and complexity, keeping things slightly lighter. A couple of drops of water helped open things up without fundamentally changing the profile. Slightly more bitter on the palate than I was expecting, with more oak than came through on the nose. The sweet sherry helps balance it out though, leaving the soft peat smoke to waft through to a creamy, sweet (but with a hint of chilli) finish. A lovely dram then, and one to savour, albeit not quite up to the high standard set by some other recent sherry cask releases from this distillery. I picked this up for a shade over £50, which makes it not bad value either!

  89. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  90. Bram84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  91. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  92. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice malt. Very good balance between oak - smoke - sweetness. Whether it's the barrel strength issue of the Darkest 15? Who knows. Ultimately, no matter. He is good!
    • Nose
      Sherry sweet smoke with a hint of ham. Dark chocolate, leather and tobacco. Over time, sherry and smoke take a back seat. Leather and tobacco remain present, with a deep-spicy note. Raisins and figs. Some sea salt. Ah, a very nice nose.
    • Taste
      Beautifully oily, he rolls over his tongue. Fine smoke, little peat. Sherrysweet, milk chocolate. Somewhat earthy, loamy. Leather and tobacco also on the tongue. Oak flavor. Despite the strong onset, it is very quickly "soft" and dresses the whole taste buds with smoke-dried grapes and figs. Over time, the oak becomes stronger.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Beautiful oak, still smoke, sweet raisin.

  93. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  94. Sapiano scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 15 Laimrig 54.1% WID: 54980 (undiluted)

    Nose: immediate raisins, heavy and dark. Some menthol, tobacco, medium smoke and some salt. Later chocolate, more precisely: men's chocolate. Some acidity. Slightly stinging over time.
    After the first sip: The chocolate becomes more superficial. Caramel. A few herbs mingle with the tobacco. Olives and Parma ham. The raisins are a bit more hidden. Menthol is easy above all.

    Taste: Like the nose, heavy and full. Raisins. Dried fruit. Creamy. Accompanied by a slight biting on the tongue. Acid or alcohol? A lot of tobacco. After a few seconds: spicy wood. But not hot. Despite the 54.1%, he can stay in the mouth for quite a long time.

    Finish: raisins. The wood remains pleasantly spicy. Raisins again. It dries out easily. Tobacco and raisins remain. Very slightly bitter.

    Conclusion: The Darkest not so dissimilar but much heavier and rosiniger. The smoke is less strong for me. Instead, the tobacco is more in the foreground. He does not dry out too much in the end. A perfume or soap note I did not notice with him. For a final conclusion, I'll have to run it diluted against the Darkest soon

  95. HunterRomario scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This Bowmorka seduced me a lot, I like style like Bruichladdich Infinity 3. I tried without water and water and the impression of smell and taste quickly improved after adding about 7 drops. So I enjoyed it just diluted, it helped her a lot. She grew lonely, the smell highlighted, the speech was more varied.
    • Nose
      Peat blended with overwhelmed heavy fruit, marmalade of berries, fruit pulp, chocolate. Occasionally, sweetness, cinnamon. Against the background, the earthquake of clay, the overall dark, heavy impression. (89 b)
    • Taste
      Heavy-weight, sweetish fruit, gradually dense chocolate, cocoa and wood. (93 b)
    • Finish
      Dozvuk smoke, heavy.

  96. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  97. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore Darkest in cask strength. Again, the smoke and aromas are in nice balance. The sherry is much darker and heavier compared to the darkest. Over the whole, however, this typical for Bowmore alcohol note is too much in the foreground - 25.10.2014
    • Nose
      Subtle, pleasant peat smoke, dark sherry, warm raisins, tree bark, tobacco, salt, licorice, bacon, this typical alcoholic note
    • Taste
      Approach of peat smoke, heavy sherry, ripe fruit, a bit nutty, followed by sweetness, salt, light dryness, bitterness
    • Finish
      Lang

  98. Murxus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    @ Helgo: the whisky doesn´t need water, but I do ;-)
    Well, not too much, agreed. But either with or without water and despite cask strength the profile seems somewhat flat and boring to me, at least flater than my expectation was in this whisky. Perhaps the bottle is improving with time after opening.  86/87 pts.

    26.02.16: it´s improving and getting deeper, 88 pts.

  99. Phàdraig scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      94 94

  100. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Does not need water in my eyes! Also, I find the comparison to the Darkest not appropriate. These are for me absolutely different and independent whiskys. The finish is just ahead of taste.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  101. Zumbar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  102. Numwierum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    ... after the addition of water, since I find him without, very restrained and the alcohol is very present. In my nose, a lot of fruit ... red berries (blackberries), dark fruits (cherries) and dried fruits (raisins) ... cotton candy, a small breeze from the sea and some smoke from the fireplace, he can not deny. Very sweet, fruity onset in my mouth ... Saliva runs together, it is now spicy (oak) and drier. The adoption of it, takes a long time and makes the esophagus chubby warm! He leaves a good memory in my mouth, of strong, spicy oak that was slightly charred.
    Nice whisky, which fits especially in the dark season ...
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  103. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung
    • Nose
      Very fresh with fruity notes. Peaches. Tangerines. Strawberries. Citrus fruits. Creme brulee. Herbs. Cocoa. A touch of fresh sea breeze. The alcohol is very present in the nose, but never unpleasant. A few drops of water open the malt. The sherry flavors become clearer. There are also cinnamon and cloves.
    • Taste
      Powerful presents the malt in the mouth. Spicy pepper. Salt. Peaches. Cherries. Oak. With water, notes of bitter orange and raisins are added.
    • Finish
      Long. Again the alcohol is very present. After it has flown away, aromas of peaches and bitter oranges spread in the mouth. This is joined by pepper. For the first time, smoke appears in the form of ash. Drying with oak. Also in the finish he benefits from the addition of water.

  104. MadScientist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  105. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The smell is stimulating, but too restrained, as I expect from a smoky whisky from the sherry keg in cask strength more. The taste is stronger, the alcohol makes the whisky dry, the sherry is the dominant component. Only in the second sip he shows his qualities, but then quite convincing. The finish is very nice and has fallen with the best on this whisky. Overall, I was disappointed after the first sip, because my expectations for this whisky were very high, because I like to drink the darkest. The second sip, however, could take away my disappointment.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, the first impression is discreet and restrained. Strawberries and blackberries, the alcohol tickles slightly in the nose After a little panning in the glass, the smell becomes stronger, orange is added, herbs and grassy notes. The smoke is present, but is more in the background. After a while, the oranges dominate.
    • Taste
      Cool onset, a little sharp tingling on the tongue, astringent, dry sherry, oak, a little bitterness, British marmalade, far behind in the background also cocoa notes, the smoke holds back very much The second sip makes the sherry clearer and makes it the predominant element. The oranges become darker fruits, currants and cherries.
    • Finish
      The finish is neatly long and brings woody bitterness with it. The smoke shows more clearly than before. The dark fruits accompany him.

  106. Achany scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    perfect dram! strong, salty, peaty and sweet - and nothing that does not fit. best affordable Bowmore I ever had
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  107. Doctor B. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  108. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  109. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  110. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  111. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  112. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  113. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic dram. So much more than just Darkest with higher ABV IMHO. One of the best Bowmore's I've had. In the same league as the Tempest expressions, but so different.

    Doesn't change much with a few drop of water. I don't add a lot to keep the punchy character intact.
    • Nose
      Typical Bowmore peat and saltiness, very sweet red fruits, apricot, some smoke, some dark chocolate, leather, ginger, yes, but in a good way, and some woodiness. Wonderful.
    • Taste
      Initially soft, sweet peat, then full on strong salt, peat, smoke, red fruits, dark chocolate, leather and wood. Quite the same as the nose actually.
    • Finish
      Strangely, not that long. Becomes slightly bitter and dry, but that fades away, which is good. Waves of peat, salt, smoke and sweet red fruits come rumbling over my tongue and then back into my throat. Great!

  114. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  115. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very tasteful dram with a Christmas touch. With water even more fruity.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Smokey sherry, dark fruits, oranges, pepper, spicy, some nuts.
    • Taste
      Smokey sherry, spicy ginger, salt, almond chocolate, wood, smoked meet.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak and dryness all over the place. Christmas oranges.

  116. Wolv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      86 86

  117. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  118. ARMINUS scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A very good whisky, balanced, without "outliers" with wonderfully integrated alcohol. One of my favorite Bowmore's.
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruits, whole milk chocolate. Sweetness alternates with a slight "oaky" spiciness. Alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Orange abrasion (very subtle), slightly earthy, light tobacco and spices. Again chocolate, getting drier. little to no bitterness. Peat smoke only discreetly perceptible.
    • Finish
      Medium. Warming up, the 54.1% vol.

  119. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      Opens with coastal air - salt and wet rocks. A little leathery with smoky milk chocolate and sherbet mingled with violets.
    • Taste
      Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate! Rising smoky, salty tang with lots of spicy dried fruit. Dates, sultanas, raisins - very juicy.
    • Finish
      Salty brazils, warm oak and a whisper of peat.

  120. McLarsen scored this whisky 18 points Member Senior

    ... so, here are my humble impressions ... Expectation: Bowmore was something of my childhood sweetheart and thus one of the first malts I dealt with early. As knowledge of the subject progressed, Bowmore's standards moved more into the second rank of personal rankings. 15 years, sherry and girth strength sounds very tempting and I am in joyful anticipation. Eye: nice dark, typical sherry barrel Nose: ... there comes first good alcohol over, at 54.1% no surprise, then you do not look for the sherry note first, it is there immediately, together with black currants. Over all a pleasant smoky note. As time goes by, it gets sweeter and some herbs try to get involved ... Palate: the laimrig is strong, relatively dry and has sherry barrel usual dry fruits, raisins and plum jam on the pallet. The smoke is well integrated, a typical Sherry Bowmore ... Finish: The finish is long, dry and smoky. Conclusion: As already mentioned, a nice Bowmore from the sherry barrel. What I could taste is very neat and differs pleasantly from the tendentially very thin bottlings of the current range, including the Travelmarket series. He is not far from similar bottlings of the 1990s and 2000s, but compared to the old stuff before the soap orgy is still missing, but that was not to be expected otherwise ..., is fine for about 80 € .. 85 points
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  121. basje scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  122. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

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

  123. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sherry and smoke in a beautiful combination, complex and delicious
    • Nose
      Smoke, sherry, spicy redcurrants, smoked ham, Christmas aromas, dark chocolate, salt, plums, leather, wood, cranberries, grapes, cloves
    • Taste
      Sherry, smoke, chocolate raisins, ham from the acorn pig, iodine, prunes, dates, tobacco, leather
    • Finish
      Long and warm, a bit woody

  124. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For me, Darkest is> Laimrig
    • Nose
      very light smoke, but all the more sherry, you notice the high alcohol content directly in the nose, with time, the smoke is duly, some bacon, dried grass, mint
    • Taste
      pretty heavy, quite dry sherry, oak, salty smoke, not as sweet as the darkest, tart notes, a bit of dark chocolate
    • Finish
      dry smoke with grape skins, some oak

  125. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ranking
    1st memory, 2nd mouth, 3rd nose
    Definitely an interesting whisky, with full flavors, but in some places very stubborn and you're torn a bit from inharmonious to extravagant
    not so easy to drink the Laimrig of 2012
    I think too much sherry keg this Bowmore has not experienced
    but he's different for that
    with excitement and a nice finish

    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      Wood glue, bitter dry sherry
      Chocolate, wood glue
      Smoked with plum sauce
      easy alcohol
      sweet yellow fruit
      floral note - asters slightly putrid
      eucalyptus resin
      salty maritime
    • Taste
      a cool easy start
      then warming salty / sweet on the tongue with menthol / eucalyptus feeling,
      Wood glue and chocolate
      the fruit is more subtle, harshly sweet
      is getting chocolate
      Smokes from the cheeks and becomes ethereal again
    • Finish
      long
      in the throat at first very slightly bitter
      a lot of chocolate
      menthol
      some fruit sweeties
      dry
      comes again and again
      with salt and sweet barrel flavors

  126. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  127. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great continuation of this expression. 88/89.

    A bit less spicy and less cigar-ish than the previous batch.
    Compared this one head-to-head with The Devil's Casks II and they're pretty similar, although the sherry influence is a bit less heavy in this one which makes the distillery character come through a bit more.
    • Nose
      Cranberry, blood orange, peat, malt, dough and limestone.
    • Taste
      Cranberry, peat, cherry, cigar, grapefruit and pepper. With water a typical grainy touch that I only find in Littlemills and some Bowmores.
    • Finish
      Peat, grapefruit, cherry and pepper.

  128. Wild Thing scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dark dry fruits. In the foreground are clearly raisins and plums served with whole milk nut chocolate. The whole thing is smoked nicely, every now and then comes a little caramel and maybe some leather .. Strong, spicy and salty sweet smoky onion with chocolate and raisins. Again, leather and I think that could be currants. Medium long, with a slight smoky dryness and gentle bitterness, he goes warming. I think something better than the darkest.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  129. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Batch 4 compared to batch 3: In the eye, batch 4 is slightly clearer than batch 3. Maybe there are fewer sherry casks in the assembly. On the nose, batch 3 is drier, smokier and more marine; while batch 4 is rounder, fruity and sweeter. On the palate, batch 3 is more rustic, sharp, smoky, and dry. It gives me chills input. Batch 4 is wiser, rounder, more accessible. The final of batch 3 is drier and ashier than that of batch 4. My preference is clear in batch 3, more difficult, less docile, more rustic and less easy. I like his bad boy side of campaigns. Nevertheless, lovers of whisky to enjoy quietly by the fireplace should be more conquered by the batch 4. My rating of 88 for batch 4 against 90 for batch 3 seems personally logical to me vis-à-vis tastes and my expectations.

  130. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's good, well done, strong and powerful. Still, I'm a little bit hungry about the present moment. Would I become more demanding at the beginning of the year? Or this time would it be less conducive to tasting such a whisky?
    • Nose
      The sherry layer is clearly present. Gingerbread, coffee, hazelnut, caramel. Swirls of dry smoke, quite discreet. Wet tobacco. And full of dried red fruits. A balanced and complex nose. Hints of malt pass by moments.
    • Taste
      Entry into soft matter, but the power increases rapidly. The red fruits are present in force, the candied cherry holding the top of the pavement. Exotic spices, black plum, tobacco. Smoked peat is quite discreet.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and dry. Like brown sugar that sticks to the palate, and cheeks that dry up. Ashen smoke rises in the nostrils.

  131. Toffie76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Marzipan, sherry, nuts. A little whiff of alcohol. Fruity
    • Taste
      Smoke, discrete peat. A balance that borders on perfection. A more than respectable length. Complex and thick. A multilayered whisky. Precious wood, polish, resin. Cane sugar and the return of almond paste detected on the nose. Maple syrup, ginger. Pretty cold.
    • Finish
      Fade out malty, nice, without false note. A little woody, back of the resin. Fruity stewed.

  132. glenenz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The Laimrig 2011 for Feis Ile was a stunner and i`am glad i had the opportunaty to try it ( and own a bottle)

    But this is a very good example of the new Bowmore taste or must I say returning to there old taste / style of the sixties?

    This one reminds me of the excelent Lagavulin Feis Ile 2014. 

    It`s delicate, soft , balanced with all the tastes in the right place.

    And if you nose the empty glass afterwards you just can`t get enough.

  133. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Notes by Bowmore;

    On the eye teak brown. Breathe in sweet dark sherry, figs and cocoa

    balanced with smoky peatiness and a salty tang.

    Sip a rich combination of chocolate, sherry, raisins and smoke.

    Savour the long and lingering finish.

  134. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes from 'Whisky For Everyone' ;The colour is reddish amber and the nose is packed with intense aromas.  It feels initially a little feisty due to the ABV strength but soon settles down.  The nose has a lovely mix of caramel, toasted almonds, dark dried fruits (especially raisins) and ashy bonfire-like peat smoke.  Underneath are hints of cocoa powder and honeycomb.

    On the palate, it follows a similar pattern to the nose - it is initially intense and feisty but softens with time in the mouth.  This reveals a good depth of flavours, the first of which are of salted caramel, plump juicy raisins and fiery/ashy peat smoke.  Underneath are distinct notes of milk chocolate and toasted almonds and these add complexity, while late hints of ginger, cinnamon and allspice give a pleasant earthy warmth.  The addition of a few drops of water really brings out the caramel note and pushes it more towards something like creamy toffee or vanilla fudge.  It also dampens the smokiness and wood spices, resulting in a softer and rounded mouth feel.

    The finish is warming and very smoky.  The smokiness really seems to come in to its own as the other sweeter and fruitier elements begin to fade away. The drying wood spices also linger as the ash-like smoke smoulders for ages.  The combination gives a slight pleasant bitterness.

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