Overall rating
Single Malt
Sestante (Ses)
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Wood
57.3 % Vol.
750 ml
Shield Label
Added on
16 Apr 2015 9:26 pm by very_bad_day
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2362,50

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1971 Ses

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.25 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Clearly not what I expect from a bowmore from the beginning of 1971. Fruity is almost absent. We are on a peat sherry smothered by the years.
    A sample can be a little tired?
    • Nose
      A rather special nose, closed and dusty. Shot sherry. Old book. Old gas station.
      Camphor, medicinal, pencil lead, ash, cold peat.
      Leather. Light woody. Caramel. Licorice.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's more interesting. Black fruits in jelly. Huge Medicinal. Candy for cough.
      A lot of liquorice, mint, camphor.
      Oily leather, lemon zest. Cold ashes. Peat.
      A little mineral too. With pebble, rainwater.
      Blackberry, blackcurrant, both candied.
    • Finish
      Finale on very greasy leather, cold ashes, camphor. Lemon. Mint.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A nice old Bowmore, a good solid 89-90 points but I was expecting even more?
    • Nose
      88 88
      Not particularly expressive, closed to be honest, may need a few drops of water to open it up.
      There is some menthol and a really nice dark fruit jam smell, mixed with bonfire smoke and peat, interesting for sure.
      After 5 minutes it gets even better on treacle sponge and date slice.
    • Taste
      90 90
      This is more like a heavy sherried Lomgmorn or Mortlach but with more peat, as it is Jammy like some of those first fill sherried Speysiders are.
      Infused with the sherry is plenty of oak which is drying and a little bitter.
      With a few drops of water, much better balance and sweeter on raspberry, blackcurrant and more peat has been released
    • Finish
      90 90
      decent length getting sweeter, peat lingering to the end

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [2015]  I had this dram during a private tasting of whisky connoisseurs at Limburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+.  I took no detailed notes as there were simply too many drams...  Every connoisseur brought several bottles from his collection to the tasting where they were lined up by common decision.  Just 1 cl was served as otherwise we probably would not have seen the end of the tasting without medical problems.

    As this was a flabbergasting event I list all the line-up and my resp. scores below:

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/39946/cardhu-08-year-old  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9831/lochside-1963-jm-reserve  (85)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/23579/tomatin-30-year-old  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4500/caol-ila-1975-hb  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/65842/macallan-08-year-old  (85)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/78220/glenfarclas-05-year-old (87,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/71733/glen-albyn-10-year-old  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3395/glenlivet-21-year-old-archive  (87,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20921/glenfarclas-12-year-old-all-malt-unblended  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/89719/glenfarclas-15-year-old  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/24838/caol-ila-20-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7465/longmorn-1970-sms  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/82141/glenfarclas-1968  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/45205/talisker-1957-gm  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/8777/tamnavulin-18-year-old-mi  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7089/glenglassaugh-1967-sv  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17649/macallan-1964  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/62640/macallan-1960  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/24438/longmorn-1969-cc  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/18387/glen-garioch-1972  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66468/isle-of-jura-1966-ca  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/19830/isle-of-jura-1966-sv  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66937/bowmore-1971-ses  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/27784/bowmore-1971-ses  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/36977/dalmore-20-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/15376/imperial-1962-ca  (95++)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/8819/ardbeg-1974-ses  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/63790/ardbeg-1974-gm  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/12289/laphroaig-12-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/56284/springbank-30-year-old  (92,5)

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    This is really spicy like a Fernet Branca, it's just not as bitter - it's actually like a digestif - water is highly recommended. One of the most interesting and best whiskies if you like this style.
    • Nose
      Toffee galore, fruity sweetness, little wood notes
    • Taste
      Very punchy and spicy, different mediterranean spices like thyme and hot like sage, pretty sweet, toffee, nougat, milk chocolate.

      With water still very spicy - incredible!
    • Finish
      Long and burning, a little zesty and medicinal in the end

  5. magic_slim scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    One of the best whiskies I have ever tasted.
    • Nose
      "Raspberries"! That's the first word I said when I poured a dram into my glass. Smells like fresh berry mix at first nosing - raspberries, blackberries, blueberries - unbelievable.

      A lovely sherry and passion fruit aroma becomes dominant after awhile. Notes of Port Wine and Lepanto Spanish Brandy try to get my attention. 

      By the way, I do not smell any peat at all.

      A fabulous nose, simply perfect.
    • Taste
      Sweet, rich and bold. I taste passion fruit, wild berry sirup, sherry, leather and tobacco aromas. Simply perfect again.
    • Finish
      Very long and powerful, warming from deep inside.

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    Copper Rostrot
    A start with a pungent-salty spice, which is caught by tobacco, wood, elderberry, blackberries and dark forest berries. With a nice smoky note and accompanied by honey and leather, the result is a wonderful combination - great!
    Hot, salty, dry-fruity, with pleasant sherry, but also with enormous proportions of wood. Then tobacco, raisins, blue grapes, elderberries, blackberries and leather - that's fun, absolutely great taste!
    Long - fruity, dry-peaty and woody. The fruit is rolled over by the wood, but remains below ground until the end. The peaty smoky notes are perfect and the red fruit component lays a little bit in between - dry, red-fruity and woody.
    93 points
    N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 92P

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Heavyweight peat smackdown No 2, Islay v Highlands v Campletown (Longrow)


    Longrow 14 year, palate and particularly the finish are monstrous for only 46%
    A stellar whisky

    Ardbeg 72 DL, superb nose, palate just a little behind but overall Longrow is better

    Ardbeg 1965, disappointing all round

    Bowmore, not bad but expected more, blind I would have said it was a heavy sherried Speyside dram.

    Longrow 73 RWD, nice enough but too bitter for me

    Caol Ila 69 , really nice, just lacking a little in complexity
    Glen Garioch 1975 SA, Brutal but brilliant

    Brora 72, Brutal but brilliant also

    As things were so evenly matched after the Brora I had to try the Geerie again and I actually think is shaded the Brora on taste but I also tried the Longrow 14 again and for 46% it is awesome and on a par with either the Geerie or Brora.
    The Geerie, Longrow 14, Brora, Ardbeg 72 & Caol Ila were all quality, the Bowmore was fine but far from impressive and the Longrow 73 RWD & Ardbeg 1965 were very disappointing compared to their high average scores

    1 = Glen Garioch
    1 = Longrow 14 year
    2 – Brora 1972 RM
    3 – Ardbeg 1972 DL
    4 – Caol Ila 1969
    5 – Bowmore 1971 Ses
    6 – Longrow 1973 RWD
    7- Ardbeg 1965 Cadenhead

    I think I need to re try the Brora 72, Glen Garioch 75 and Longrow 14 H2H again, in truth my palate is a little smashed after this level of peat

  8. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    From a 25ml sample.
    It didn't amaze me as much as others seemingly were. still a fantastic dram. Fat old school sherry combined with the typical red fruits associated to the early 70s vintages plus rather peat than smoke.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A very extreme Bowmore, pure dark-dry notes with little fruit, whoever likes this is paradise, I could never drink more than 2cl in the evening, but the 2cl are an annual experience.
    • Nose
      Pure champignons in the nose, dark chocolate, very own, brown sugar, black tea, with plenty of time then still a little orange comes with mulled wine mixture, nutmeg and licorice, incense sticks and driftwood, black walnut
    • Taste
      Very charismatic, black tea, gingerbread, spicy, fine cocoa and tar, raisins, dates, rosemary and thyme, driftwood again, black walnut and dark chocolate, some salt and iodine from Bowmore, but far behind the tea, with tannins en masse and distinct Oak
    • Finish
      Eternal finish, tar, walnut, smoke, salt and the oak with dark coffee beans


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