Overall rating
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
4 Refill Hogsheads
51.6 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
02 Oct 2014 5:04 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 100.21

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bw4 SMS

9 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 1990s’ vintages were used to mature Bw4.

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

    Tasting Notes;

    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.

    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.

    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. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    nice, very nice. understated grace.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Salty pretzels on a northern beach and then lemons galore.. not big, just like the gong before the grand show.. 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.

  3. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 – two from 1995 and two from 1996 – 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.

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well, very good ! Palate has to be the best part I think, or at least the most balanced. The rest is quite animal and un-sexy but very good in its own right !
    • Nose
      Big salinity on the nose. It's much more beasty and virile than I expected, with a big maltiness (bread crust). So far, Islay is burrying the fruits. Very good though, and definitely salty.
    • Taste
      Delicious, grilled mango, drity coal, flint and still very salty of course. Slightly liquoricy and peppery to complement the delicious exotic fruits. Balance has been found between the fruits and the peat.
    • Finish
      Briny and very vinegary, gherkins juice, slight mustard and lime.

  7. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:Bw4 (51.6%, Speciality Drinks Ltd, Elements of Islay, 2014) Colour: straw. Nose: crystal-clean fresh salty maritime Bowmore. ‘A walk on the beach while some seaweed smoke rises from nowhere’. Oh well you know what I mean. With water: the sea. Mouth (neat): perfect young Bowmore. Perhaps very young. Tropical fruits, peat smoke, sea breeze, and all that. Perhaps even mangos. The 1960s are back! With water: hello citrons, brine, oysters and clams! The mangos are gone. Finish: quite long, very clean very zesty, salty and fresh. Who needs a ticket to the Atlantic? Comments: immaculate young Bowmore. Forget about all that official chitchat about oak or wine, that can only alter an otherwise pristine distillate. Now, this baby’s perhaps a little less smoky/peaty than its earlier siblings. No too sure, I haven’t got them all on my tasting table… SGP:556 - 87 points.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Light, young, watery grain
    T: Sugary, imbalanced and,… a weird dampness. Some charring notes hinting at sulphur trouble my palate - not uncommon for Bowmores in my experience.
    F: Confused, damp, rotting wood and a plant compost finish.
    C: Nah, this one’s not working for me.

    Scores a C-


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