Bowmore Tempest

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release No. 5
Stated Age
10 years old
First Fill Bourbon Casks
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 May 2014 10:04 am by yalsi86
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 130.29

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Tempest

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.38 points

  1. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Ostfriese scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    After a long time I opened a bottle of this malt again. It's still the stormy Islay Bourbon malt I remembered, lives up to its name and reminds me of some of the things I miss about Bowmore malts today. It has rough edges and is not subject to the compulsion to have to / want to please all whisky connoisseurs. I still like it a lot.
    • Nose
      A blazing campfire burns behind a granary. Light smoke is in the air and mixes with fruity aromas. Peaches, blood oranges and limes. A fresh sea breeze wafts the scent of seaweed and algae, interwoven with iodine. Heather honey and a slight note of lavender waft in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet honey mixes with bourbon vanilla and peat smoke spreads explosively in the mouth. Oranges, limes and spicy aromas follow. Cloves, nutmeg and sea salt. Beeswax accompanied by fresh hops and grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Cool smoke mixes with oranges, fudge, oak seasoning and a slight note of salt.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Robert1robert scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Fantastic dram.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur


    Royal Lochnagar, one of only a small number of distilleries with an open mash tun, is typically used for Diageo staff training. I’ve little experience of Royal Lochnagar as a single malt. Though it is a key component in Diageo’s Johnnie Walker [blue], and ‘the signature malt of Windsor, the best-selling Scotch blend in Korea since 2006‘ [Whisky Yearbook 2020], much of its relatively small output [450000 lpa] goes into single malt production which boils down to their most widely known expression – the lacklustre 12yo bottled at a disappointing 40%. As a result, one of the two drams at the end of the tour isn’t even a Royal Lochnagar! What would it take to bring out a cask from the warehouse every so often? Instead, we start with Bowmore!

    N: Out from a surprisingly direct peatiness follows a rather nondescript fruity=vegetal composition encased inside a flattened-out Rowntree’s Wine Gum.
    T: I’m detecting rather slap-dash sherry cask finishing.
    F: Fag ash at the death.
    C: As per usual [with contemporary Bowmore] I’m not totally convinced. I may also be in a mood. Bad combo.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  8. P.K.S scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Å verry promising bowmore, verry enjoyable and good
    • Nose
      Fruty and floral,vanilla,salty,honney a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      Amazing smoke and sitrus
    • Finish
      Not as complex as the nose. The smoke becomes more promiment. Rather Sharp arrival, hint of sitrus and salty, afther 20 minits or so

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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