Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L15 083 09:38 8ML
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2015
Added on
12 May 2015 8:54 pm by mad69
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 465.24

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110 × member ratings

130 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 SMWS 3.243

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.79 points

  1. Eneloop2009 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Original price at Feis Ile 2015 and SMWS Edinburgh 80£/112€

  2. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

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

    Enough animal, leather is very present.
    Very nice and aeration will do him the greatest good.
    • Nose
      Round nose on light peat.
      We have camphorated sherry. Leather, earth, undergrowth.
      The acidity is enhanced by currant and a touch of exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      Much fatter than the nose.
      Mainly on red fruits, wood and leather.
    • Finish
      Final long, round, on wood, leather and fruits in the extension of the mouth.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Beautiful barbeque smoke, salty and meaty, bacon, ham, a well integrated farmy note, loads of plum, figs and raisins, a sticky sherry note, some mustard and piccalilly, wood spices like clove, nutmeg and a whiff of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dry smoked bacon, sherry and plum. Black salted liquorice, treacle and cocoa, nutty, oily, nutmeg, clove and chili peppers.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and warming, black liquorice, lots of balanced oaky wood spices with a nice pepper note.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the 2nd Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam, November 2017.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=300 Color: Amontillado Sherry / burnished Nose: Ultra spicy and with an extreme salt content! Slightly bitter, yet quite pleasant aromas with dark red fruits, rosehip, vanilla, tobacco, peat, oak and leather. All paired together in a pretty appealing combination! Taste: Soft, spicy and yet very distinctive in taste. Oak, balsamic, red marmalade, wood stain, red peppers, brown cane sugar, mild chilli, chestnuts, nuts, raisins, dark chocolate and with building wood. Accompanied throughout with pepper. Finish: Long - sweet and always bitterly fresh on the tongue. The wood now unfolds over a wide area and notes of mocha, espresso and liquorice unfold. Underground still afflicted with the sweetness of brown cube sugar. 91 points N: 91P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Neat this Bowmore's nose has quite a bit of wood in it, but the note is venerable elderly oak rather than vulgar fresh wood. Quite sweet and my assumption is that the refill butt in question is PX. I could almost call this earthy were it not for the sweetness.  Very unalcoholic even neat but somehow the taste is very fleeting (although promising), so I'm hoping a bit of water will put things in order. 

    Nose opens up perfectly with water. Smells just like neat, but everything is amped up. I'm a little dissatisfied with the slickness of the body but the taste seems fabulous apart from that tiny soapish "mini taint"-like note. The smell after some more water is close to that pool smell I find in some Islays, but not exactly there. Not much salt here but still somehow marine. 

    [comparing to Laphro '98 Sig+TWE cask 700389] Bowmore appears more civilized. The Laphroaig is muscular, very smoky and ashy while this Bowmore is more subtle with elderly wood, terpentine, lamp oil, and several other more 'chemical' smells compared to the Laphro where everything is charred or burned. This one is quite a lot greasier in general, a little bit leathery, and then there is this odd sweetness I can't place (xylitol salmiak candy?). Not tannic or overly woody. This is a good one but I'm not sure I can go above 89 with the Laphro at 90. This reminds me of '70s Islay whisky while the Laphroaig feels decidedly modern. Just a thought.

  9. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A seriously heavy, sherry/peat bruiser of a nose, with layer upon layer of complexity making it highly attractive. Dark, stewed fruits mix with salty BBQ meat, treacle, Bowmore peat (softer and less medicinal than other Islay malts), roast hazelnuts, fresh mint tea, a hint of diesel, and ground almonds/cashew nuts. A drop of water softened things slightly and clarified several of the individual aspects of the nose. Cracking stuff. Spicy and hot initially on the palate (plenty of fiery chillies and freshly ground black pepper), but with a wonderful creamy, fruity and sweet sherry aspect gliding in after a few seconds. The finish disappates slightly faster than one would hope, but a lingering smokiness reminds you of what has gone before. Cracking dram, but not to be recommended to those that shy away from the heavy peat and/or sherry profile. Seventh heaven for those of us that do appreciate those characteristics though!

  10. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Coca-cola
    spilled on mahogany
    Flavour: Peated

    Wow – so much on the nose – sherry, tarry wood, clean smoke,
    dates, figs, roasted chestnuts, Christmas spices, egg custard, maple
    syrup-glazed pork ribs and HP sauce on bacon rolls. The palate was substantial
    – liquorice, treacle toffee, coffee and chocolate, with caramelised onions and
    Demerara-smothered, clove-studded ham over embers. The reduced nose suggested
    spiced prunes, Branston pickle, fig rolls, treacle tart, duck in plum sauce and
    warm welly boots by a dying bonfire. The reduced palate’s smoke and sherry
    combination gave us interest and pleasure – the toffee and oloroso, toasted
    almonds and barbecued meats gave it a dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy

    Drinking tip: Between dances at a Spanish barbeque party


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