Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Galleon attacked by pirates
Stated Age
16 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L14 187 13:28 8ML
Added on
25 Aug 2014 7:32 pm by saintjimmy
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 106.00

4 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 SMWS 3.225

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.68 points

  1. Bosi scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    A complexity monster. This is how the pairing of smoke and sherry works perfectly. This whisky you can win the whole evening something.
    • Nose
      Classic Bowmore Camp Fire smoke mates with sherry notes and tobacco, coffee, clove, ripe grapes and stout. Later, cinnamon and mint are added.
    • Taste
      The taste starts pretty salty with super integrated smoke. Furthermore, earthy flavors of barbecue and roasted almonds can be tasted.
    • Finish
      The very long finish offers dark chocolate, smoke, mint and some fudge.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – aka SMWS – has quite a few Bowmore bottlings on its curriculum as can be deduced from the number of this one. This 2014 release was nicknamed ‘Galleon Attacked by Pirates’. I wonder where they get these names?

    Oh, my, what a surprising nose! Wonderfully sweet and salty on dark chocolate, Guinness (that’s a first!), sniffing tobacco, fish soup, sweet peat and yesterday’s barbecue. A mild smokiness in the background. Cold coffee. Smoldering wood. Hint of rum! Aniseed and some cinnamon. Boy, oh boy, this is a complex and truly enticing nose!

    Despite the high ABV it is surprisingly soft on the palate. Immediately dark and sweet, the sometimes difficult but oh so beautiful combination of sherry and peat. It evolves from wonderfully umami to salty, sweet and back. Midpalate the Guinness returns. What a weird association, but there you have it. Rich and round. Wonderful smokiness.

    In the nice, long and warm finish, I am reminded of a good cup of origin coffee with some minty chocolates.

    It was a winner from the first whiff. It could hardly go wrong. It did not. Fantastic Bowmore. Thanks, Gert.

  3. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ARDBERG did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS official tasting notes:

    The nose, with its delicate smoke, charred wood, tarry rope, sea-spray,
    cigars , coffee, fruits, spices and a hint of gunpowder, had all the
    elements of a scene where pirates attack an opulent, cargo-laden galleon
    at sea.

    Adding water brought the spices nearer – aniseed, Victory V’s and
    cinnamon Danish pastries – also dark chocolate-coated raisins and

    The palate had lots of rich, dark, tasty, almost visceral stuff – Van
    Nelle rolling tobacco, dunnage warehouses, fruit cake, toffee, ginger,
    earthy peat, coal-tar soap, charcoal, green chilli and coffee with After
    Eight mints – interesting, flavour-full stuff from the capital town of Islay.

  6. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

     SMWS (New Zealand) Tasting Notes

    Colour: Deep

    Flavour Profile:

     Nose: Sweet peat. Cullen Skink, and really
    gripping bonfire smoke! Smoky beer, Lindt 
    salt-flake chocolate, and dark chocolate.

    Palate: More peat
    and dark chocolate. Also some vanilla and icing sugar. Savoury notes of bran
    flakes, and cauliflower. As you’d expect from this distillery, it’s got all the
    great peat and smoke going on, with elements of sophistication.

    Finish: “Thundering
    and throbbing”. Sarsaparilla, sweet, smoky, and long!

    Comments: A
    classic No. 3 Islay. It’s peaty, it’s sweet, it’s balanced, it’s rich, and it’s
    full. It doesn’t just do the job, it delivers and then adds another dimension
    to boot! Another happy marriage of sherry and peat.


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