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Overall rating
87.40/100
votes
57
Whiskybase ID
WB58556
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
1995-1996
Bottled
2014
Calculated age
17 years old
Casktype
4 Refill Hogsheads
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5060188981084
Added on
02 Oct 2014 5:04 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 105.60

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bw4 SMS

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    A subtle Bw bottling, with exceptionally clean maritime notes, enhanced by fresh fruit. Ex-bourbon hogsheads from two 1990sā€™ vintages were used to mature Bw4.

    Cask details;
    Four refill hogsheads, two from 1995 and two from 1996.

    Tasting Notes;

    Nose
    Chocolate and sea breezes. With time there is lots of sweet tropical fruit, like the tropical-fruit drink Um Bongo or Chewits fruity sweets. Kaffir lime leaves set off nicely against more of the cocoa and a big citrus note of blood orange.

    Palate
    The peat smoke is soft and mulchy, as if it were freshly cut. The savoury elements are all there such as salt and freshly cracked pepper and a hint of olive brine, but they fade with time, allowing more fruit and spice. There are notes of Conference pears and citrus along with rich, spicy notes of cardamom and star anise.

    Finish
    At first it seems to get darker with notes of baked pears but then there is some residual sugar beet and old-chocolate lime sweets.

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another great Bowmore from this series. Also here a nice mix of maritime Bowmore smoke and great tropical fruits. Here a little more on the maritime-spicy side and the tropical fruits a little more restrained than with the Bw5 (the Bw5 looks even more intense / ripe overall). Ingenious bottling, the BW5 is still noticeably ahead for me.
    Elements of Islay's Bowmore's hit my nerve somehow.
    • Nose
      90 90
      salty-maritime; some seaweed; smoky; fresh citrus notes; behind the maritime freshness lie sweet and ripe tropical fruit notes - great interplay
      - Nice nose that reminds a little of the Bw5, but here ostensibly younger, more maritime and a little less of the tropical, fruity sweetness of the Bw5
    • Taste
      90 90
      oily and full-bodied; slightly peppery flavor; great sweet tropical fruit notes; Mangoes; some pineapple; Citrus notes; salty; everything accompanied by a pleasant smoky note (bitter ashy); Oak
    • Finish
      89 89
      peppery-spicy; salty; the beautiful tropical fruit notes are also evident here; Smoke (slightly ashy); Oak

  3. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. marcusjang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    With the price of IB Bowmore bottles soaring through the roof, I was lucky enough to come across this dusty, older bottling at a much fairer price. Such a shame, as in my opinion the current OB offerings from the distillery just do not cut the stuff. Compared to that, this is a fantastic Bowmore that shows what the malt is capable of - although a slight youngness with accompanying tinge of metallic notes can slightly detract from that.
    • Nose
      Lemons, tropical fruits, ashtray, tobacco & tea leaves
    • Taste
      Tropical fruits, ashtray, salty coastal air, grapefruit pith, hint of metallic tang, oily texture
    • Finish
      Sea breeze, roasted barley, brown sugar, tobacco leaves, mineral, quite long, grapefruits

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  7. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    nice, very nice. understated grace.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Salty pretzels on a northern beach and then lemons galore.. the smoke settles in nicely.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet lemonade with flowers and a bit of smoke.. almost cocktail like, oily, pepper and ginger.. the taste changes continuously, a subtle interplay between aromatic sweetness and peaty salt.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet and tropical aromas keep going and going and going like the duracell bunny. A slightly salty death.

  8. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. lapinbilly scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very original Bowmore and very good!
    • Nose
      The nose is divided into iodized peat and exotic fruits, it is fresh and super nice and barley dominates everything, very promising!
    • Taste
      On the palate it is peppery first and then very fruity, it is light but very interesting, we slide to the cane sugar and then to the peat.
    • Finish
      The finish is lemony and peaty.

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Oasis on Steroids

    We all know Elements of Islay from those wonderful apothecary bottles with their Mendeljev-like codes. Bw, for example, signifies Bowmore. This fourth batch is a vatting of four casks ā€“ two from 1995 and two from 1996 ā€“ blended by Oliver Chilton, head of development for Specialty Drinks.

    The clean nose offers maritime elements and tropical fruit in spades. A rocky coast and surf on the one hand; mandarin, apples, mango and banana on the other. Grand!

    This is all enlarged on the palate and tucked away in a very peaty and smoky jacked. Oyster sap, a gulp of tropical sea water, mango and pineapple.

    The finish is very long, quite zesty and ridiculously sweet, without losing the smokiness.

    Yes, this is very good. Oasis lemonade on steroids. Not cheap with its price tag of around 95 EUR, seeing as it is a mere 500ml bottle.

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