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Bowmore 10-year-old

Overall rating
88.10/100
votes
301
Whiskybase ID
WB56174
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Devil's Casks - Small Batch Release II
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010496004111
Added on
10 jul 2014 9:20 pm by Sendilkelm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 448.67

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 10-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] The Devil's Casks - at least they give a clear hint that this is spoiled with heavy sulphurous notes (thank you for that) and so I just try a sample (courtesy of VVP)...

    ...and indeed it comes straight out of hell (but I had much worser sulphurous ones without any hint). At least there is an impressive peatiness and fruitiness that somewhat counter the disgusting sulphur flavours and form an at least drinkable (but not enjoyable) spirit. Water increases both the sherry and sulphurous notes so it does not matter (to me). The sulphur grows strongly towards the finish, unfortunately.

    A dram for all advocates of the devil, just as they stated on the label - sorry, but I rather go for the whisky heaven...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Ah yes, back in the day when sherry bombs were abundant and cheap. This was pretty much at the end of that. Certainly in Bowmore’s case at least. There may be a sulphured cask in the vat, but it’s not too bad really.

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The smell will polarize for sure. Bowmore opponents will find exactly what they have never liked about Bowmore, Bowmore lovers the opposite. This is underlined by the sherry note of red fruits.
    In the mouth the impressions are confirmed, for the boy
    Age shows violent oak.
    The finish is quite tart and does not fit 100% with the rest.
    An intense whisky that shows a lot of "Bowmore" especially in the nose. I like that if you like this style. But a little harmony is missing towards the end.
    • Nose
      Bowmore extreme, very perfume-like, sweet, smoke is present, but not very dominant, some cherry, raspberry, boiled-down strawberry jam, and above all this perfume-like smell, which I cannot classify precisely.
    • Taste
      Strong start, the devil bites hard, the whisky glows on the tongue, hot impressions of sherry, smoke, oak and a few red fruits, less sweet than the nose would have expected
    • Finish
      Spice, oak, a little bitterness, dry, mineral, a reminder of the red fruits.

  4. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyNotes.be (Sept 02, 2014):

    Nose: deep, juicy sherry mixed with sweet peat. Blackcurrants, dates and dark chocolate. Strawberry candy. Flints. Some liquorice and walnuts. Hints of tar and coal smoke, as well as a faint hint of plum-lacquered ribs. The balance is just right.

    Mouth: pretty big smoke fills the palate, joined by a rich sweetness. Barbecued pineapple, red berries, chocolate cake with cherries. Really thick and tarry, with traces of earthy notes and peppercorn. A salty edge as well.

    Finish: really long, little fruity notes now, just sweet liquorice and smoke.Comments: Bowmore is on a roll – almost all of their new products are good to very good. The Devil’s Cask is the total opposite of Bowmore Tempest, but both are very good at what they do. Around € 80.Score: 88/100.

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    87.5
    I like it much better with plenty of water.
    Haha, I'm only now seeing that it's currently trading from 340 euros. What would you get for this money for nice, high-quality whiskys...?

    I don't find it bad at all, but a bit boring. I previously had an Ardbeg 8 for Discussion, which was also a tasty drinking dram (for only 70 euros), but I personally liked it better because it was cleaner. This one is very, very barrel-heavy.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is heavy and syrupy. A PX barrel was clearly involved here, and at times it almost goes in the direction of a drinkable port. I have a 4cl sample and therefore give it the time and then still find smoky notes in the middle, but the sweet dates, the pickled raisins and the plum jam stand out above all.

      With a lot of time and water, it finds a nice balance and also offers a pleasant fruitiness at the end.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The attack goes straight into dark-heavy PX sweetness and also has a slightly dry part. Overall, the profile is a bit too clumsy and one-sided for me.

      Much more fruity with water, almost tones of a Glenallachie. Some nut. Yes, that fits after 20 minutes and diluted down to 45 percent.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A bit alcoholic and bitter at the back. Rather dry sweetness in the finish. Maximum medium finish.

  6. Kraddell scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Pours dark gold to copper. Scent is full , mild peat, oaky. Taste is full, mild alcohol burn. Medium mild peat. Sherry is a bit milder than desired to me. Decent. Sweetish finish.

  7. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not as "devilish" as the first release, still extreme and crazy, but you need to be willing to put up with some off notes which together create something peculiar and very interesting. Still not for the faint of heart. Still recommended.

  8. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. el Gato scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Deep sherry. Soap and ammonia. Liquerice and dried fruits. Peat. Burnt rubber. Iodine. Burnt matches. Citrus
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mouthcoating. Ammonia. Meaty. Peat! Hint of soap. Smoky and bacon
    • Finish
      88 88
      long. Hint of soap still. Ashy. Tannins. Burnt notes. Some bitterness and lemons

  10. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tasted this one and the third one, on first open I liked the 3rd one better because the sulpher did not take over, however (now weeks later) the sulpher has calmed down and created an amazing above average whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Strong woody oak, strong sherry, turpentine, menthol, slight malt, juicy raisins, peat earth, slight smoke, strong mulled fruits.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong sweet sherry, sherry soaked fruits, mulled wine with apples and pears, Christmas spices, menthol cooling, wet oak, peat dirt. Medium to full mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      This turns dry quickly, the fruits hold very strong until just before the end, the menthol numbs the roof of the mouth, a slight bitter oak comes up at the very end.

  11. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. checkpointrk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. whiskyd scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  14. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. uap304 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore Devil's Cask II

    So feisty and cask-dominated. Initially not in a good way at all. This whisky doesn't just need water or time in the glass, but time in the *bottle* to settle down. I'm talking MONTHS to tame this complex beauty. Even at such high strength, it's strangely easy to over-water, so it might be better to just drink water alongside this dram. It's crazy good.
    • Nose
      Dark and heavy. Rubber tire. Very delicious, sweet and quite complex. Nutmeg, luscious chocolate, heavy sherry, with a sulfur and medicinal side, like Band-Aids or DEET bug spray. It's an interesting nose, sherry dominated, the Bowmore house style definitely coming through, with whiffs of floral, maritime smoke. Not bad!
    • Taste
      Prickly and syrupy. Very intense. Strong black cherry, burnt rubber, and loads of oak. Deliciously sweet and savory, with honey and vanilla, and layers upon layers of sherry and chocolate. Lavender and purple Necco wafers!. Somehow the taste of marijuana smoke (?).
    • Finish
      Incredibly dry tannins and extremely rich. This dram will shut you down for the rest of the night. Very sweet with some dark chocolate, but quickly turns to intensely spicy and bitter oak. Finally, pronounced saline notes. This is the type of whisky that you will still taste the next morning. Yass!

  17. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/bowmore-10-yo-the-devils-cask-563-vol-ob-2014/

  18. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

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

  19. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Owidram scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well, needs water. Or undrinkable neat. Oh yeah and forgot to say: it is a peat monster. In my books, it is very peaty, nearly as much as a Uigeadail (I compared them Head to Head, I prefer the Ardbeg).
    • Nose
      Lots and lots of sulfur neat. I don't like it. Bit it's another story with some additional water. orange, flower blossom, and still, all that sherried aromas, like PX.
    • Taste
      very strong with an acohol byte. Pepper or even mustard. Too aggressive then it needs some water. And that works.
    • Finish
      Very satisfying though quite simple with water. or too young alcohol bites.

  21. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. ApricotOne scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  23. FernetBranco scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    Really scary. It tastes like the devil bathed his hooves in it. A lot of different flavors that I do not want to have in my whisky: car tires, sulfur, battery acid, printer toner ... all straight from hell. Cool, that you can sell something and that there is even a market for it.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      75 75

  24. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I find it a touch
    sweeter than its predecessor, but just as good. Thanks, Imanuel! This was my 80th
    Bowmore, by the way. I could have done worse.
    • Nose
      The nose is a
      sophisticated mix of strawberry jam, tobacco and rum raisins, countered by
      diesel fumes and a freshly struck match. Roasted nuts. Something salty. It has
      a maritime side to it, but the sweet fruit is in the driver’s seat. Cloves and
      cinnamon are the spices on duty. It is very similar to batch 1, but just a tad
      sweeter.
    • Taste
      It is oily and punchy
      on the palate. Spicy as well: think cloves, cinnamon and some ginger. The oak
      and peat speak immediately and make it somewhat salty and mildly drying.
      Luckily the sweet fruit is there to keep it balanced. Again strawberry, but
      also candied blood oranges and plums. Midpalate I get some hints of red wine,
      but it does not go over the top. A touch medicinal towards the end.
    • Finish
      The finish is long
      and spicy, but does remain a battle between salt and sweet till the death.

  25. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  26. dumbo scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

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

  27. Mushinico scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Re-tasted blind for the Blind Tasting Competition of the Usquebaugh Society. Still think it is a wonderful dram!
    • Nose
      Peat and sherry, often a lovely combination. This is no exception. A lovely smokey quality, charred oak and ashes. Some dark chocolate, soy and oranges as well. Also some dried and smoked red fruit. The nose is very well balanced.
    • Taste
      Obviously peat and sherry again. But more smokey than medicinal, which I always find a good thing. Mint and aniseed appear as well. As do some chili, chocolate, leather and berries.
    • Finish
      Again leather, but also very ashy with dried oranges and raspberry. LONG!

  29. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting BTC 2014 - #7

    respect Leon (Big Barrel) for 'handing over' 3 bottles for this competition
    • Nose
      peaty, liquorice - cough syrup and honey liquorice, ashes, smoke, sherry, later peach tea and some caramel 
    • Taste
      again lots of liquorice, honey and pepper
    • Finish
      drying with peat, ashes, oily and briny

  30. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sample from the BTC 2014. Despite the sherry a very distinctive Bowmore, especially the nose.
    • Nose
      Dark cherry, mocha, peat smoke, tobacco, cranberry, apple, peach, tea and tree bark. Then something grainy which I have only noticed in Bowmores and Littlemills so far.
    • Taste
      Dark cherry, peat ash, bramble, grapefruit, peach, pepper and malt.
    • Finish
      Peat ash, cherry, cranberry, dark chocolate, bramble, peach and again that particular grainy touch.

  31. turfsmurf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Notes based on a blind sample. The taste is a nice, not ultra smoky, dram with solid sherried underpinnings. But I don't like the roughness, especially when water makes it so dry (try explaing that to someone that doesn't know about whisky). That's a 7-point score penalty.
    • Nose
      Stings in the nose. A bit closed at first. Whiffs of shoe polish. Let's add water before my nose falls off because of the alcohol sting. With water: notes of new gym shoes.
    • Taste
      *cough* *cough*. A potent dram! Sharp and sweet. The taste explodes into slightly smoky sherry. The tastes becomes slightly bitter with water and very drying. A hyperactive cask maybe?
    • Finish
      Sweet, syrupy and slightly smoky and medicinal. With water the finish becomes sweeter and rather more medicinal and smoky.

  32. Cipidos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. Tomh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Tasted this one during the Bowmore Masterclass, Den Haag 2014.

    (price based on the original price: +/- 60 pound!)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    89/90

    Thanks to the guys at van zuylen for this one.

    <3
    • Nose
      Hay, tobacco, licorice, mint and charcoal.
      Black fruits.
    • Taste
      Explosive.
      Young and intense.
    • Finish
      Lovely, strong and long.

  35. jknoxmc scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    An absolutely devilishly awesome dram that really comes out with a splash of water. You do not notice the young age as much as I feared.
    • Nose
      At first only light smoke can be felt in the nose, a certain saltiness comes out. A sweet of dark fruits is noticeable, possibly blackberries, but also a very subtle citrus note, probably. Tangerine. With the addition of water, the devil apparently comes out of it. The bowmore smoke comes forward and the sherry sweetness gets into the airways.
    • Taste
      Full and warm in the mouth, salt, chocolate and toffee are to be felt, but also the blackberry lays gently on the palate. The sherry is everywhere and spreads a harmonious aroma. Here, too, a drop of water reveals an abundance and strength, the smoke hovering above everything. A balanced taste throughout the mouth.
    • Finish
      Significantly the sherry on the palate to feel, overall strong, the smoke continues to spread. A certain sweet bitterness is felt, but not unpleasant. He lingers for a long time and gradually the devil disappears in his throat ...

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Simply put, this is a very good whisky. One that, if you were lucky enough to get one for retail price, is good value for money. If you have one, cherish it. And don't be afraid to open it, it's quality stuff. I have a feeling that it won't take me long to empty my bottle.
    • Nose
      This is more of a smokey dram, which I prefer over the heavy peated whiskies. Charred oak, ashes, coal smoke. The first-fill sherry casks have had (as is to be expected) a great deal of influence. Dark and intense dried, red fruit. Some cocoa, oranges and blackberry. The most impressive is the balance between the smoke and the sherry. Good stuff!
    • Taste
      A wonderful, very oily mouthfeel. Aniseed, mint and peat are the first flavors that appear, accompanied by a lot of smoke. It's a very rich palate with milk chocolate, chili-peppers and red berries.
    • Finish
      Dried oranges, ash, coal. Very, very long and dry. The smoke fades away after a while and that is when the sweeter notes appear. Candy and raspberry.

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