Bowmore 2003 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
11 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Dec 2014 3:18 pm by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 64.00

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 2003 CA

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.52 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    WHAT? FOUR BOURBON? I really let myself be fooled by the color. Enthusiasm: Nose 4/5 Mouth 3/5, 4/5 with water Final 5/5, 4/5 with water.
    Whisky n ° 1725
    • Nose
      Leather and sherry, thick smoke. Pretty austere and farmer, far enough from Bowmore, but very good. Almonds.
    • Taste
      Thick, sweet, fatty, big peat, very spicy. With water, more fluid and drinkable.
    • Finish
      HUGE. Bitter Sherry, wood, glittering, on pepper. With water, softer, rounder, some exotic fruits, we get closer to the house style.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Seems like this bottling is already sold out. Rightfully so.

    My bottle is open for about 17 days. Two thirds have been absorbed already.

    Upon extracting the cork for the first time, smoke came out of the bottle just like the smoke coming out of Wyatt Earps colt after the shoot out at the O.K. Corral. A first for me. Btw, the smoke re-appears, sticking to the glas once it is empty and dried off.

    Tastewise, at first very much like the Heaven Hill which Cadenhead bottled around June/July 2014. Almost felt like the cask had quite an amount of Bourbon left over insinde when it was filled at Bowmore.

    The cask itself must have been a heavyly toasted one, similar to the two casks of 1998 Ardbeg (cask 1989 + 1990) which were sold at the Feis Ile 2009. I detect similar notes in the Bowmore.

    A very dense whisky, syrupy almost, you can let this stuff sit for hours in the glass and tiny nuances will reveal itself, one after the other. After about 2 weeks (bottle almost half empty at the time), it started to introduce itself as scotch, the Bowmore touch, however, is very faint but seemingly coming. The question is if I will ever truely find Bowmore in this one, as it is very addictive fascinating stuff, which always gives a a little surprise every time you drink it but which disappears very quickly.

    I make sure to put it in my biggest single malt glass to enable it to breathe and it still does it very slowly. The smaller the glass, the harder time I had detecting nuances.

    For today, just these few thoughts on this bottle, that could use an instruction manual.

    On the darkside, if you don't like this style, you'll probably hate it and score it a 29, I love it and I think I'll up my rating to 91.

  3. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    like ex bourbon and everything says that it is ex sherry - dried fruit, varnish, a lot of smoke, dryness, a lot of spicy notes, quite spicy and tart, which with water become much milder and easier to pick up. Bowmore with a character and a label error in my opinion.

  4. Dede scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The most surprising thing about all of this is that all this wood does not manifest itself in excessive bitterness. On the contrary, the freshness of this malt is surprising. Funny dram!
    • Nose
      Peated wood. It's weird, but between the smell of the pencil we are sharpening, eucalyptus, menthol, thuja root, it's a lot of wood. And therefore, peat, which struggles to float, but which is nevertheless there.
    • Taste
      Unsurprisingly, the palate is woody ... Lots of spices (pepper, cloves), liquorice, tannins. The peat is even less present than in the nose.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, tannic, but much less astringent than expected. We find the fresh notes of wood (menthol, eucalyptus), licorice.

  5. svenske2015 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun said this: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejune15-1-Amrut-Bowmore-Macallan-Glendronach-Ardbeg.html#080615

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's beefy but very correct. Very medicinal.
    • Nose
      Super camphorated nose.
      Wood, eucalyptus, mint, licorice. Wood and more wood.
      A lot of alcohol.
      It's round, slightly sweet.
      Light strawberry
    • Taste
      On the palate it is very liquoricey. Wooded.
      The red fruit comes out. A little rubber.
      Alcohol is always very present.
      Vanilla thoroughly. The only marker that confirms that it is a bourbon despite the color?
    • Finish
      Long finish on red fruit, wood, licorice, anise, camphor, eucalyptus.

  7. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    not found the taste of peat, the aging in bourbon cask makes it an atypical bowmore!
    • Nose
      vanilla, burnt caramel, lemon balm, licorice, a hint of umée and a bit of peat
    • Taste
      spicy, very oaky, quite thick, pepper, alcohol is well integrated
    • Finish
      short on licorice and pepper

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. ThS scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tough and hyper-woody. Even peat is struggling to make its way. Not too much of my stuff, I must say.


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