Bowmore Tempest

Overall rating
85.50/100
votes
314
Whiskybase ID
WB55332
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

€ 161.29

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Tempest

52 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.50 points.

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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

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  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    fresh sea with iodine, honey, vanilla, ash, light peat smoke, citrus fruits, plum, hints of port wine, spices and lemon are quite noticeable in the taste. the finish is average. thank you Stas! 22-21.5-21.5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Somehow I like the floral Bowmore character now, it comes through really nicely here
    • Nose
      The basic floral character of Bowmore hits the nose straight away, sweet, like a sweetened tea, light smoke, greasy, vanilla, the floral dominates, malt, overripe pear
    • Taste
      Totally creamy, floral, flower meadow, vanilla, malt, butter biscuit, light smoke, the smoke is dry, even if there is a sweet undertone over everything
    • Finish
      Here it gets drier, tea, floral, apple, tart, fruit bowl, on the palate then also the smoke

  5. huangshantong scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore's bourbon barrel is actually my favorite flavor, but it doesn't mean this one
    • Nose
      84 84
      what. . . Unusual lightness, I feel that my nose sticks into the cup, and I can't smell too much; a little sea water, shells, lemon, faint peat, I feel that I can't smell too much, how to say Well, you won't believe it's a 55% wine, it's more like a 40% blended wine
    • Taste
      85 85
      After the entrance, it is obviously much stronger, like the performance of a high-grade wine; citrus, salty sea water, lemon, a little bit of smoked meat, not too many other bourbon flavors, I can't detect the cream, The vanilla is also undetectable, and the pleasure comes more from the strong body and the salty taste of the sea.
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. springtank scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. ZzhiFu scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Need more time to oxidize, the real aroma of the spirit will show.

  8. htz881 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.

  11. Othorion scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Robert1robert scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Fantastic dram.

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/heading-east-royal-lochnagar-fettercairn-and-kingsbarns/

    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.

  14. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  18. 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.

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

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

  20. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The first nose offers a wall of ash, granite, limestone, it jumps at you. Then the peat rises, iodine, scum, algae, the tide, the ash which unraveled. Finally the fruits, white, juicy plum, a touch of vanilla, and again the peat that comes back. This one is pretty strong for Bowmore. After a while it balances out, between the 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 vanilla caramel. The finish is long, intense, an oily vanilla rises in the teeth. A rocky aftertaste remains on the palate. I am very impressed with the complexity and harshness of the product, there is nothing comfortable or nice about it. It's a craggy whisky I'd say, really a piece of Scotland.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/bowmore-tempest-small-batch-release-n5.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. McMoulis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  22. GJR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  24. 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.

  25. ahroeen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet mild peat, milk chocolate, oranges, vanilla. Fruity.

    Taste: sweet peat, tropical fruits and vanilla.

    Finish: medium long. Pears and developing bourbon vanilla wood.

    Well-integrated wood and delicious!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very great whisky with strong PLV. Not very complex, but delicious.
    • Nose
      Very subtle smoke plays around fine pastry and vanilla notes, light citrus notes
    • Taste
      Oranges, light smoke, peppery, maritime, the alcohol makes pressure, spicy
    • Finish
      Subtle smoke, lots of warmth, citrus notes, light bitterness, maritime long finish

  27. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  28. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2015]  I emptied a bottle that I bought for 55 Euro in July, 2014.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a nice fruity and peaty profile with a rich body.  But I liked the first editions (Batch No. 1 & No. 2) better...

  29. JürgenWhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  30. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This Bowmore is really fun!
    Vanilla in the nose , but not the typical note, but sweet as a sweet pastry! Fewer fruits on the palate than Bowmore used, with the typical citrus note is present. Again sweet, then herbal. Does not need water, works pure terrific without burning.
    I'm excited!

  31. vb_bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  32. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    More grainy than batch 4, somewhat Littlemill-ish. 85/86.
    • Nose
      Farmy peat. Lime, vanilla, orange, oatmeal, salt and caramel.
    • Taste
      Peat, orange, grapefruit, grain and a little candy.
    • Finish
      Peat, orange and sweet lime.

  33. ScottFrench scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good dram that is worth its price.
    • Nose
      A discrete peat, mint and spices (pepper). It's quite sweet and the whole is discreet. Vanilla, Honey, with hints of antiseptics
    • Taste
      Very homogeneous. Notes of vanilla, honey, white fruit, with salty and light peat. The sweet / salty side is rather nice.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with a hint of bitterness

  34. EarlMobile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A lot of toffee sweetness with lemon and a dry saltiness. In addition then peat and smoke taste, which remains rather in the background, in the aftertaste but then more prominent (along with the sweetness). Because of the oiliness really good to drink and delicious, even without adding water.

  35. Numwierum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, bright fruits are spreading in the nose. With some toffee, vanilla and a certain saltiness ... carried by a light smoke. In the mouth again sweet bright fruit, a pleasant spice and some smoked ham. Its oiliness, spreads everything nicely in the mouth ... then leaves a bit spicy oak. Drinks well, even without water.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: Peach, currant, citrus, salt, vanilla and oak as you would expect from Bourbon, some smoke
    Taste: Fruity, maritime, citrus, honey
    Finish: medium long, "bourbon-like", fruity, maritime

  37. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  38. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  39. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Crisp and clean nose, with plenty of creamy vanilla, citrus fruits and salty sea air, with a waft of warming peat smoke underpinning it all. A drop of water brought forward more of the sweet fruits. This seems to be a fair bit sweeter than the earlier batches of Tempest I've tried, but that could just be my memory playing tricks on me. Similarly straightforward on the palate, with peat smoke more obvious here, balancing the salty, creamy and fruity elements nicely. Medium-length, smoky finish. A really nice alternative to the peat monsters being released by some other Islay distilleries. I especially liked this with a drop of water added to tame some overt signs of youthfulness on the palate when tasted neat.

  40. u485tfu scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    78P

    Nose: waves of smoke, grapefruit, salt, vanilla, lemon

    Taste: fruity grapefruit, smoke, salt

    Finisch: grapefruit smoke,

    Verdict: The exotic fruit notes that are often typical of Bowmore are missing. With a lot of water (20%) you can guess with some imagination exotic fruits

  41. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Great choice for a budget cask strength islay whisky. Somewhat lighter, less smoke, plenty salt and orange. Fresh, fruity.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  42. whatsbur scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    pretty simple but has almost all distinctive Islay characteristics

    a bit on a wet and dump side of aromas, seaweed and iodine aren't prevailing

    palate is round and watery, but still pleasing and surprisingly sweet at finish 

    good choice for cold autumn rainy evening

    87

  43. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  44. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  45. molar3rd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Starts much sweeter than I had expected. Lots of vanilla and sea spray , sweet peat smoke and wood resin. Mega creamy. Vanilla ice cream topped with ripe peaches. Its just like eating an ice cream cone while sitting on the Islay beach. Very nice! Much sweeter than batch 4 or 3…

    Palate: Starts smooth , creamy and vanilla like. Very much like the nose . Nuts & almonds with icing sugar and a touch of saltiness too. Peach and ripe mandarin marmalade on top. Whiffs of peat and chilly peppers.

    Finish : Salty and fruity at the same time (possible!!) Tangerine jam and vanilla on burnt toasted rye.

    A complete different animal than either batch 3/4, but what a brilliant dram. Feels much more mature than its 10 years, and boy oh boy that vanilla, fruit and sea spray works wonders! Kudus to Bowmore for another Brilliant (and so different!) batch of this affordable 10 year old. Magic!

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2014/08/05/bowmore-tempest-10-yo-batch-5/

     

  46. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

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

  47. Stenface scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      71 71

  48. Tomh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  49. Toffie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fasten your belts, it starts a quarter turn.
    • Nose
      Citrus, tangerine especially. Smoke. Young, lively, fresh. Really a lot of fruits. Bitter orange . Vanilla of the crème brûlée type.
    • Taste
      Explosive, fruity, clean. The length is satisfactory and counterbalance (as best as you can say) the passion of the distillate. It is a robust whisky, quite difficult to access but fun for me.
    • Finish
      Malt, bitterness and fruit return

  50. Bishlouk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose on seafood, iodine, sea air, vanilla, apple, pear, and malt.

    Powerful mouth. Vanilla, iodized smoke. Malt present.

    Long final. Bitterness of citrus peel. Pepper.

  51. Cipidos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  52. ricallende scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  53. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Batch 5 seems less full-bodied than batch 4, showing a little less complexity. I liked this one less, but keep in mind this is my personal preference, both are really nice whiskies.

  54. Gronqvist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Producer's Notes :

    On the eye: deep gold

    Breathe in: succulent white peaches, nectarines and juicy cassis carried on an ocean breeze with the clarity of fresh lime. Oaky caramel-rich bourbon vanilla brings warmth gently spiced by cloves and star anise.Sip: a wave of vanilla bringing juicy bursts of mandarin, tangy lime, and cassis. Sugared almond and salted honeycomb meld with candied fruit and sea-salt.Savour: rippling layers of nectarine and bourbon vanilla on a salty ocean breeze.Add a splash of water and Tempest explodes with flavour releasing tangy seaweed tempered by sweet vanilla ice cream and sugared almonds.

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