Bowmore Kranna Dubh

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Oct 2007 10:11 pm

Average value

€ 2239.15

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69 × member ratings

112 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Kranna Dubh

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.75 points

  1. Goethe scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Stunning OB from Bowmore. Very complex and dark with fruits and lots of berries. Amazing.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, smoke, dark and red fruits (berries), blackberry, raspberry, cherry caramel, fruity honey, fruity tobacco.
    • Taste
      Dark sherry coffee, dark and red fruits, amazing texture, fruity leather, amazing espresso.
    • Finish
      Long. Sherry, delicate smoke, some fresh brewed tea, chocolate, tobacco, leather.

  2. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I love the old 21 yo Bowmore - and now this one !!!

    It gives even more - more intensity, aromas, richness!

    Absolutely great!

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1 

    at the Shot Bar 'Summer glass' in Ishigaki 2015.
    • Nose
      What a rich nose:

      sweet & sour fruits like citrus, Grapefruit, apricot jam, cherry jam, raisins;

      sweetness from caramel, chocolate with nuts, toffee, honey with urine;

      dark Sherry notes, Cognac, tart wood and Sherry cask, Brandy beans, leather with lemon, espresso, tobacco, scouring milk, sweet dark brown gravy, some cabbage;

      maritime aromas with salt water, wet rocks, peat, herbal spices (like savory).
    • Taste
      spicy, peat explosion: rich and sweet, citrus, chocolate, fruits, leather, sweetness, pepper, wood lacquer, Havanna, scouring powder, very intense, old and mature, tart Islay notes with salt water and charred wood, tart and sour apples, lemon juice, sourness,while the fruits explode, fruit juices, old upholstery.
    • Finish
      Sherry cask, fine wood, tobacco, cocoa powder, espresso, pepper and spiciness, cherry jam, aftertaste of plums (sweet), tartness.

  5. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Incredible dram since this was the first old Bowmore after the 21 yo (90s) for me.

    Really looking forward to taste more of them!

    Single dram note with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      Finest dark and elegant Sherry with notes of resin and old cognac.

      Fruity sweetness with sweet dark apricot jam (also others) and raisins.

      At the same time there is the rough sea and a clear maritime character.

      What a fine spiciness from good old Sherry casks ...

      Sweet scouring milk, citrus (a lot).

      Leather chocolate coffee combinations ...

      More and more deepness with time.
    • Taste
      After a little explosion of peat there comes immense maturity and sweetness. Tingling with citrus and fines cognac. Chocolate and sweet leather. Salt.

      Most pleasant warm fireplace with a high quality cuban cigar and pickled fruits. Maturity ... intense and ripe!

      Also clear Islay character and some brine.
    • Finish
      Old and fine Sherry cask ...

      Again old and dark cognac in combination with tart citrus overall.

      Peat and leather, cocoa.

      Extremely round, fruity and roughly elegant.

  8. nigel_tufnel did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes and points from Serge Valentin:

    Bowmore 30 yo (43%, OB, 1,800 bottles, 2006) A brand new version of the ‘Seadragon’, now in glass and called ‘'Kranna Dubh'’, who used to be a dragon who once inhabited the depths of Loch Indaal (another legend). Colour: gold – amber. Nose: starts very smoky and with quite some sherry (dry like a fino) and something rather vegetal (smoked tea, moss, fern.) Hints of tropical fruits after that (more oranges studded with cloves than passion fruits or mangos). Gets smokier with time, with notes of coal oven… And then lots of kumquats together with something clearly farmy (wet hay, ‘clean’ manure). Also dried kelp. Rather beautiful I must say.Mouth: a bit dry at the attack, tannic, but not overly so, quite bold considering it’s only at 43% ABV. Quite citrusy again, ‘candied’, with a little peat and an enjoyable smokiness. Goes on with bitter chocolate, toffee, hints of rosehip tea, crystallised orange zests… The finish is rather long but alas, quite tannic, drying, almost like over-infused tea. But that’s no big flaw, the whole is great whisky, with rather more body than the older Seadragon (the ceramic version). 90 points.

  9. corbuso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A bold and rich Bowmore, very round and light to medium peaty, with a good dose of round sherry.

    Good, but not as complex as I was expecting.

  10. ontherocks scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This one needs a lot of time to unfold its real complexity. Not as fruity as the Bowmores from the 60ies but the smokiness adds a very interesting layer. A wonderful dram but. With some more power it would be absolutely great.


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