Bowmore Virgin Oak Matured

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile Collection
Virgin Oak Casks
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2015
gb United Kingdom
Added on
27 May 2015 7:36 pm by cfosterk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 267.00

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123 × member ratings

250 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Virgin Oak Matured

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.89 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    finally a good Bowmore with style, character and excitement
    not been drinking something like Bowmore for a long time
    old school style
    he is good and I am happy
    he was really fun
    yes, I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      it is raining fine twine
      the air is hazy
      fine smoke is still rising from the beams
      he smells burned and iodine
      The vase stands lonely and unmoving on the table as if nothing had happened
      white lilies
      the flower water has almost evaporated
      Yesterday you peeled oranges here
      You can still feel her ripe sweet flesh on your tongue
      You are stroking your lips
      the rain on your skin is salty
      how intensively you suddenly feel and smell everything
      flowery, fruity, salty and yet terribly sweet
      You take a deep breath
      The wood smoke mixes with the sweet smell of white lilies
      the pulp drips seductively
      mmh .. Your saliva starts to flow
    • Taste
      nice soft and sweet in the beginning with chocolate
      then your tongue glows from wood ash
      nice spicy ashes
      Wood with chocolate and sweet orange
      Between your tongue and your palate, spicy bitterness of wood ash arises
      with a lot of sweet orange
      You feel smoke on the palate and in the throat
      the smoke is very full and swells from your inside into the throat
      …it's good
      Your tongue tastes of sweet tobacco and dark liquid caramel
      Smoke and ashes remain in your cheeks
      In your mouth caramelized ivy leaves remain with sugar ... mmmh

      what a beautiful mouth
      a very nice floral note tart and sweet
      with 85.52 points clearly undervalued in the base
    • Finish
      many notes on the finish
      from smoky, sweet, tart to soft, everything is there ... wood and sweet tobacco
      a lot of warm orange juice with cocoa / barrel very delicious
      and he keeps coming back
      bitter sweet tea leaves
      Wow very beautiful

      this is smelling wood ash and sweet ivy in the empty glass

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like Bowmore and liked pretty much all the Virgin Oak bottlings so far ... and here's where the right people met, yummy.
    • Nose
      Cuddly-cozy, sweet, spicy wood smoke (not a bit bitter or ashen or phenolic), brown sugar, flambé pudding, white chocolate, cedar wood, a hint of orange marmalade
    • Taste
      full-bodied & intense, dark chocolate, spicy, sweet, again dark cane sugar, molasses, candied orange peel, the smoke is subtle, only slightly ashy / bitter, sweetish-woody, hookah tobacco
    • Finish
      long, sugar sweetness, tobacco, the smoke comes again clearly, but not too bitter, pleasant spice

  3. magic_slim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I am happy that Bowmore did not use wine casks again for their Feis Ile bottling. This one is much better than the other ones that I tasted before.
    • Nose
      Intensively peaty, fresh and clean with licorice at first nosing. Sweet and oaky, with notes of log-fire, pencil shavings, dark honey, caramel and orange zest. Very nice and pleasant.
    • Taste
      Warming, sweet and spirituous like one of these old Black&White Blends at first mouthfeel, then dominated by smoky and oaky aromas with notes of black tea and pepper. A little bit austere but summarizing the taste is nice and pleasant.
    • Finish
      Long and spirituous, warming from deep inside with a dry, peppery and oaky aftertaste.

  4. megabreit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    One of the best Bowmore malts I've tasted so far.
    • Nose
      Flowery hyacinths, beeswax and smoke, behind it orange notes. The scent is of almost breathtaking gravity, as if you are doing cross-country skiing in high temperatures and high humidity.
    • Taste
      Caramelised barley malt, honey, dark fruits, toasted brown bread, brine and a peat smoke
    • Finish
      long, warm and very balanced

  5. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The whisky is very constant; no element (nose, mouth, palate) falls off the rest. The whisky is consistent and has exciting notes. A very good bowmore, really, very delicious.
    • Nose
      Mild to moderately strong smoke, burnt and somewhat medicinal, very soft for the high alcohol content, sweet caramel, floral, sweet citrus fruits in the background, (sweet orange?), A subtle hint of glue, slightly scented
    • Taste
      Sweet medical smoke, then a slight prickling on the tongue, outrageously sweet, a little wood, spicy, at the second sip slightly bitter, sage, the smoke is stronger than in the nose
    • Finish
      Sweet smoke, caramel, burnt sugar, panna cotta with caramel sauce, the smoke stays discreet but long on the palate, sweet tobacco

  6. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Something in the aroma was constantly tense and did not allow to fully enjoy it. But the taste and aftertaste amused, juicy, voluminous, long.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoky, smoked, tarpaulin, rubber, rice and semolina, new furniture, sweet pastries, oatmeal cookies, vanilla casserole, non-alcoholic, extinct charcoal, salty sea notes, mint and other fragrant herbs, mineral, Indian spices and oils from massage set, burnt paper, sweet plasticine. Something is constantly lurking in the aroma ...
    • Taste
      91 91
      Smoke, raisins, juicy fruit, dessert, baked meat in a sweet sauce, a bunch of peppers, the degree is not felt, white grapes. Deliciously!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warms, quite long, sweet as jam, pepper, knits, oak, persimmon, cigarette ash.

  7. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
      fruit, smoke
    • Taste
      75 75
      vanilla, fruit, hint of (sea) salt, smoke
    • Finish
      74 74
      vanilla, fruit, hint of (sea) salt, smoke

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Intense power pack.
    Full of aromas, bundled from a very active barrel.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I would have expected something different under Virgin Oak, but what I got was still very good. As already written below, I would have assumed blindly from a sherry barrel. Definitely a great bowmore if you give him some time in the glass.
    • Nose
      medium smoke, spice, mint, floral, maritime, salt, herbs, bacon, some chocolate, vanilla, the maritime bacon becomes more intense, there is something sweet, caramel, the chocolate also gets stronger, generally it opens better with a little time, it becomes totally creamy, after the first sip also raspberry, which comes across as slightly effervescent
    • Taste
      creamy, dark chocolate, raisin, a taste explosion, slightly floral, that could be a little violet, sweet, licorice, well integrated smoke, if I had to guess blindly, I would always tap on sherry, great mouthfeel, warming, good to drink pure
    • Finish
      fruity, raisins, drier, still liquorice on the palate, chilli, salt on the tip of the tongue, light smoke, sweetness comes through again and again

  10. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    damn tasty, familiar and yet unusual. Bowmore simply mixes well with fresh oak
    • Nose
      88 88
      N: balanced campfire smoke note, orange peel, vanilla, floral sweetness (meadow honey), a decent portion of oak (pencil abrasion, fresh wood shavings), vanilla, cake dough, salt, well-integrated alcohol, only a slight alcoholic tingling (menthol) in the nose
    • Taste
      87 87
      nice onset, good texture, sweet, quite strong smoke, a lot of vanilla, honey and well-balanced oak flavors
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, caramel, vanilla, orange with salt crust, oak chips, but not bitter


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