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Bowmore Tempest

Overall rating
85.34/100
votes
262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release No. 5
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
First Fill Bourbon Casks
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496003992
Added on
31 May 2014 10:04 am by yalsi86
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 83.57

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262 × member ratings

636 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Tempest

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.34 points

  1. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    NOSE: Initially bourbon notes, mild peat smoke and fruitiness. Unfolds after some minutes in the glass; hints of coffee and dark chocolate, sweet oak, some tropical fruits, particularly dried banana and coconut. Very subdued peat smoke at this stage, it’s really only appearing in the background. A healthy dose of water initially brings out some more peat smoke, but after some time in the glass lovely fruity and floral notes take charge, very much the bourbon casks showing again, I think. These must have been quite active and good casks. Lots of dried yellow fruits, light toffee, vanilla, sweet wood. (86p w/o water, 88p w/ water)
    TASTE: The arrival is sweet, with sweet oak, alcohol and glycerin. On the mid palate there’s more wood spice, although not very peppery, and a little nip of alcohol. Water makes it sweeter and almost buttery in texture. It also takes away the alcohol nip. (85p w/o water, 86p w/ water)
    EXIT: The exit is sweet, with toffee, wood, some dried yellow fruits and a little pepper. Water makes the exit sweeter and more toffeed. (83p w/o water, 85p w/ water)
    TOTAL SCORE: 86 points (84-85p without water). Give it time in the glass. And water.

  2. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I had high hopes, and it certainly is a good whisky. But… I was slightly disappointed. Some issues with the complexity, and off-putting acidic and stringent notes. Just not really a tempest (according to the dictionary: “a violent windstorm“), I guess more a light subtropical breeze.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Clean and fresh. Orange peel, citrussy, before the typical Islay smoke kicks in. Mixes quite well with the fruitiness. Not too sweet, definitely orange peel though… Salty, briny notes come through.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Gentle smoke that goes smoothly into oranges. Earthy, citrus and lime, salty, seas side wind (oh yes). Not very complex. On a second tasting, I found more acidic notes with orange and lime juice, which work against the sweet fruitiness. Stringent notes of blackberries come on much stronger (almost seems like somebody accidentally put a Port cask in the mix?!).
    • Finish
      84 84
      Reasonable with more oranges.

  4. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The first nose offers a wall of ash, granite, bousin, it jumps you in the mouth. Then the peat goes up, iodine, foam, seaweed, the tide, the ashes that fray. Finally the fruits, white plum, juicy, a bit of vanilla, and again the peat that comes back. This one is rather strong for Bowmore. After a while it balances, between fruits, ashes and peat.
    This beautiful balance is found in the mouth, the peat is strong however, the alcohol is felt, spices, pepper, a hint of caramel vanilla. The finish is long, intense, an oily vanilla goes back into the teeth. Rest on the palate a taste of rock.
    I am very impressed by the complexity and harshness of the product, it is not comfortable or nice. It's a steep whisky I would say, really a piece of Scotland.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A very promising, versatile nose, but unfortunately it is the best part of this whisky. it's very enjoyable and good, just short of being really good
    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity and floral, vanilla, , salty, licorice, honey, with barely a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      83 83
      not as complex as the nose. The smoke becomes more prominent. rather sharp arrival, a hint of citrus and salty. After 20 or so minutes it opens up nicely.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dry, salty and sticky

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. GJR scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

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

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

  10. ricallende scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Vanilla, peat, bit of smoke, honey, peaches and some salty sea air. The smell is better than the palate
    • Taste
      Smoke, vanilla, oak and a slight medicinal taste a little untammed
    • Finish
      Smokey lingering finish with a bit of menthol and slight medicinal aftertaste.

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