Bowmore 17-year-old

Overall rating
84.50/100
votes
577
Whiskybase ID
WB69199
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Sands
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L142228
Barcode
5010496003848
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 jun 2015 7:20 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 145.73

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 17-year-old

82 users have left 93 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.50 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] I had this dram during a Jim McEwan tasting in Bonn and he claimed that the 17-years old Bowmore was and is one of his favourites (not stating how many favourites he owns in total)...

    ...and it is a somewhat chequered dram with a great old-stylish nose, a good palate but a rather weak mouthfeel and finish. Nonetheless, easy to sip and worth a try, for sure.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a fine old style Traditional Scotch profile with tons of OBFs (delicious cheesy notes, not the sweaty ones) floating my olfactory cells beside the trademark fruity and peaty aromas - wow, this truly reminds me of some old standard (12-years) Bowmore releases of the seventies. Not too bad and I wonder if it is just this batch that smells that way or if this is a "White Sands" trademark nose. I certainly will check this again next year...
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste cannot keep up with the very fine nose but still it is a delicious fruity, honey and peaty profile that is nicely balanced. Unfortunately, it is not layered and the complexity is rather limited - but fortunately, it is tasty and quaffable. Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate and it takes out most of the rather unpleasant plastics mouthfeel so I suggest to reduce this dram a little bit.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating with a minor astringent feeling that I do not like (plastics). The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but the drying-astringent mouthfeel (plastics, metals) again. Too bad as the nose was great and the palate very good - this finish is rather sub-standard...

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  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    ... for me the best Bowmore I was allowed to try.

    Something is missing and ABV's.

    Rauch and exBC just fit best for me.

    I would try this one with 46 or 50%..
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. molpet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A significant step up from the standard 12y. If you are looking for a well matured boubon peaty scotch single malt whisky with a gentle smoke, this one might be for you!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. rozzy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Fairly pleasant, but not exceptional. Especially the aftertaste - vs. the 'nose' and the 'taste' - disappointing. Could have been a little longer and fuller.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A very nice bottling, back then with a very good price-performance ratio.
    I was particularly impressed by the finish, its strong vanilla and the strong, pleasant oak.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Halkyon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Lakerfield scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not very complex but really enjoyable to my surprise. The power and depth it lacks makes this malt score lower than I wanted to. Crank it up a few percent and you would have something for in the high 80's. Fun bottle and it drinks way too easy. Cracked it on a night with friends and it was loved by almost everyone. Had to switch it with another bottle so I could save some drams for this review haha. Oh and by the way, it surpasses the 'okay' for being a travel retail exclusive :)
    • Nose
      Quite a classic profile. The nose isn't dominated by peat alone, as the fruitiness battles it together with a typical scent I can't really put my finger on. Had it in the other Bowmores I've tried if my memory serves me right. There's soft peat, iodine, wet gravel, smoked meat and a little sulphur. After that apple, cherry, pear, lime and cranberry. Then there's assorted chocolate, brownie, cream custard, bbq sauce and almond too. Very Benromach alike with the subtle amount of peat. Good balance and nothing wrong so far.
    • Taste
      A little thin although the peat gives it a necessary extra. Very drinkable at this strength. Again peat, brine, camphor and something like cardboard. Then apricot, blood orange, raisin, cranberry and green kiwi. Further on sand cookie (fits the name), dark chocolate, caramel, lemon cheesecake, ginger, espresso and a touch of cinnamon. I really like the balance, all flavours stay in their respective place. A hard thing to accomplish with peaters. Could do with a little more power.
    • Finish
      Not very long. Soft peat, malt, oak, lime, apricot, cranberry, cinnamon and chocolate.

  11. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore White Sands 17yo 43%. Orange colour. Aroma is certainly woody, custard sweetness with a touch of vanilla yoghurt, lightly spiced eggnog vibe, some damp wood and a trace of something not unlike sulphur (but if so 1 in 100 of the casks). Smoked fruits. Lightly medicinal. Smells good. Taste is super easy almost juicy up front, no peat comes in until the very end and then it's pretty soft. Finishes with a touch of damp wood. There's something almost quenching here in the incredible ease of drinking. Superbly well constructed if a little on the sweet and simple side. (3.55/85)

  12. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly tasty and above all balanced between smoke, spiciness and fruit. Very nice, this barbecue evening :)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Algae on apricot compote, honey-glazed suckling pig.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mango barbecue, salty, mnjam! In the mouth, what defines good Bowmores for me is the perfect balance of tropical fruits and hot ball bearing fat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pineapple and ham toast, oily and smoky finish, a hint of the age of the grapefruit.

  13. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2020-11-28
    • Nose
      Bread, citrus, a hint of smoke, orange, pineapple, butter, light herbal note, similar to 12, slightly softer
    • Taste
      Pepper, creamy caramel, sweet, warm and light smoke, clear Bowmore character, nutty, milk chocolate
    • Finish
      short

  14. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 25℃

    Viewing Eyes: Golden smelling Nose: Very gentle, soft and tender desserts (cream mousse, pudding, soufflé). Some herbs are refreshing, with bacon and canned fruits. The overall coordination is elegant.
    Taste Palate: fresh, comfortable and harmonious, sweetness is not high, very smooth, but the bitter bottom is still some outstanding. Pine needles, cedar, spearmint, vanilla, bacon, curled smoke, lemongrass, a little pineapple syrup, boiled apples, the saltiness in the middle and back is more obvious. Body: light, with a bitter bottom, and a general sense of grease

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 85/100
    Overall: 85/100

    Overall: Good forest, but unfortunately this is not the Bourbon bucket I want

  18. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. bredstrup scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A very ‘enjoyable’ smokiness, almost subtle, which I think is quite charming in this whisky. A great deal of oak. A dry finish that lasts a while

  20. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. djmaxliving scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A robust solid whisky, I was comparing it against Balvenie 17, and it was a wipeout. Must try this to the standard Bowmore 18.

    One of the more affordable travel retail releases, although discontinued now still very reasonable priced at auction. Better than I expected, I forgot how long the finish was.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Briny, soft peat, salt from the beach, floral fruits, wood-smoked, then peat blocks added. Unripe figs and cologne.

      Bold flavour, an ideal whisky for any time of the year.

      Lovely matured whisky.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lighter on the tongue at first, spices, peppermint, cedarwood maybe sandalwood, light salt with a touch of ginger biscuits.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Surprisingly long, the flavours get quite bold towards the end, soft peat mouth coating with a touch of wood and some liquorice sweets.

  22. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very tasty malt, but I find it a bit expensive for what is offered.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoky, fruity sweet with caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      sues with caramel, fruits, spicy notes, slightly maritime notes
    • Finish
      87 87
      Oak, Chocolate, Suess, smoky, spatter and oily, long

  23. Koalafant scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Delicate nose with hints of citrus and green apples, barely noticeable smoke.
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet and mild, later slightly bitter
    • Finish
      77 77
      medium

  24. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Oh what a fine fruity, zesty, sweet, herbal, smokey nose
    its so easy to lose myself in my cairn half filled up with this.
    water kills it, but i m not here to clean myself dudes

    unfortenatly the palate is so much simpler than the nose,
    I always need a mouth full of it to sip - I swallow 3cl in only 2 steps for having a little feeling of enough power - its a pity thats its so weak compared to that beautiful nose

    please Bowmore, bring it with 46 or 48 abv
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. ChrisE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Smoky, asbestos, ink, extinguished fire, chimney smoke, hint of hospital.
    After a while, fruity notes are added, hints of vanilla, it creates a warm impression. Enjoyable.

    Taste:
    Smoky, spicy, quickly becomes soft, sweetish-tart-sweetish.
    Slightly tart oak notes, now also slightly fruity and slightly sweetish, aromatic. Oak dominates the overall impression the most. The longer in the glass, the more pleasing he becomes.

    finish:
    Woody flavors, smoke, ash ...

  29. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a very nice, pleasant drinkable Islay Malt. Beautifully balanced between sweetness, spice and smoke. For even better rating missing a slightly higher alcohol strength. He is also noticeably soft in taste. Nice simple standard.
    • Nose
      87 87
      mild; spicy-sweet; clear caramel sweetness; ripe tropical fruit (some banana, orange); some citrus; beautifully integrated subtle smoky note (campfire)
    • Taste
      86 86
      soft and mild; very creamy-oily mouthfeel; Caramel; malty sweetie; ripe fruits; pleasant tingling spiciness of the oak; slightly salty; smoky; great balance
    • Finish
      84 84
      sweet; spicy; subtle, pleasantly bitter oak; tingling mouthfeel; smoky

  31. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: quite timid at the beginning. A mineral profile, some sewing machine oil, dusty oak, light peat and subtle fruit. Mouth: strong, pepper, oak, almost a little dry. Finish: peppery, spicy, oak, fruit, some lactic acid lemonade (Chabeso) Conclusion: The mean thing is, I smell some young notes again, but taste distinct oak. But he is delicious.

  32. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex and mild. A really interesting representative of Bowmore, with its fine flavors offers plenty of room for a long enjoyment. New flavors are guaranteed.
    • Nose
      Very discreet smoke, light maritime notes, caramel, orange, mango and some banana, fine floral notes
    • Taste
      Malty sweet with a beautifully integrated smoke, slightly salty, full and oily, caramel and dark chocolate, subtle mint, unobtrusive, pleasant oak
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet, slightly smoky with some salt, warming with orange notes

  33. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the L&B whisky weekend 20-1-2018.
    tasty combination of peat and tropical fruit
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  35. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Lacks a bit of complexity for a higher score, but is nonetheless a good example of the house style, if you ask me.
    • Nose
      Slightly coastal, with dried seaweed, hints of peat and wet rocks, as well as some wonderful notes of mango and peach liqueur, accompanied by vanilla custard.
    • Taste
      A pinch of salt, and just a hint of pink grapefruit, but also some subtle peat smoke and whispers of coconut shavings, as well as a whiff of paraffin wax. Slightly peppery on the tip of the tongue.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet peat.

  36. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  38. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. Classic scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very well-tuned standard that really has a lot to offer. Also with a great PLV / PGV!
    • Nose
      The nose is immediately beautiful campfire smoke, plus oranges, a little honey, slightly spicy.
    • Taste
      Lightly tingling in the mouth, oranges, honey, then comes milk chocolate. The whole is nicely wrapped by the smoke, very pleasant and well interwoven. The oak then pushes a little more, plus some peppery notes.
    • Finish
      The quite long finish impresses with milk chocolate, paired with a nice spiciness, to a slight sharpness. Warms up for a long time.

  40. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    reminds me a lot of the smokehead 18.

    a well aged spicy islay bourbon barrel whisky. not much sweetness, pretty medicinical, not overly complex but satisfying because there are no downvotes. rather simple but decent and at a excellent pricelevel (around 60€). i liked the regular 18yo more because of additional complexity and the sheryr influence. but this one has more power and behaves sometimes like 46% due to that straight forward spice. nevertheless a watery touch is all over it, altough i guess its almost perfect at 43% for regular/allday sipping. recommended if you like aged smokers out of a bourbon barrel.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  42. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasty stuff, good PLV! Was a blind tasting
    • Nose
      Is that light smoke?!? From dRambo? Surprisingly, but I clearly have tender campfire smoke in my nose. Spicy, citrus fruits, old cardboard box, flower meadow, lilac, allspice, nutmeg, honey, with some time and hand warmth now also peach and apple cider vinegar. To feel zero alcohol, very pleasant and harmonious to smell
    • Taste
      Warming, getting dry, unusual, the sweetness and the fruit are quickly forgotten, but the heat and the oak spiciness combined with black pepper and ginger stay very long pepper, spices, nutmeg, creamy, chocolate, honey, floral-fruity, a little watery, some orange and peaches
    • Finish
      warming, dry, unusual, the sweetness and the fruit are quickly forgotten, but the heat and the oak spiciness combined with black pepper and ginger remain very long

  43. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious. That's how I imagine an ex-bourbon Islay malt in its old age. Could do with a few more turns, though.

  44. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I have days I do not like him - on others I think he is too thin, but mostly it is a great spicy aromatic malt with a top PLV (55 €) which does not overwhelm me and is quite complex for its price.
    • Nose
      initially wet cardboard, freshly cut Privet hedge, freshly turned hay - which is already warm and just before fermenting, ancient but dry sawn wood - which carries a mild mold fungus note.
      heated: delicate smoke with sweet sour oak note, frankincense, fire, slightly warmed liquorice, with nutmeg, subtle beautifully aged lemon, crystalline sugared lemon zest, dried dates and figs, ripe mango without acid, orange juice, orange zest, bay leaf oil, slightly biting tannins tannins , the nose is getting denser and oily, sweet and sour, when he is first hand warm and you breath flat out of the Snifter.
    • Taste
      soft, waxy, oak with pepper, anise, fennel, caraway, salt, some laurel and juniper, sweetness, it is very supple and slightly syrupy, with small sips slightly thin from the aromas
    • Finish
      Mint, licorice, forest honey, anise, spicy herbaceous oak a little wax on the tongue - the sip was not too small and if you chewed it long enough remains a long spicy peppery impression that does not burn alcohol

  45. Harvey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    This is not what i expect from a 17 year old Bowmore and definitely not what it's should be like ! All of the new core range expressions beat this by a mile. When compared to the https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/660/bowmore-17-year-old from the previous bottle shape,  this expression is very weak.

  46. Nestheth scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. Nestheth scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    What reads on the bottle: "On the eye warm antique gold"
    What I find: That much they wrote truthfully.
    This whisky is 43 % alcohol. That means it's automatically an entry level to mid-tier whisky. I recommend this whisky to novice whisky fans, who lack the experience required to respect the top-tier Bowmore whiskies.
    • Nose
      What reads on the bottle: "Light peat smoke, rich treacle toffee and ripe exotic fruits"
      What I find: There's a nice assortment of different scents. Unfortunately the sweet fruit scent, perhaps water melon, apples, is a little bit too dominant over the others. The lesser scents are peat smoke, oak wood, tobacco and sea salt.
    • Taste
      What reads on the bottle: "Creamy toffee and malty sweetness, together with a delicious warm smokiness"
      What I find: It's an Islay whisky, so there's some peat to it. Quite moderately, keeping it's origins in mind. There could be some pepper to it also, which is difficult to distinct from the peat. Before peat pops up toffee, which is correctly advertized.
      The title of this whisky is "White Sands". The distillers have succeeded in encapsulation that notion into the bottle. The peat scrapes around the mouth moderately, which creates remotely sort of a sand-papery sensation. I enjoyed the whisky more with added water. Altho, the body of this whisky is so light it doesn't hold up much to water. Luckily the sea salt flavor is distinct, which adds to the synergy. There's also a toffee flavor.
    • Finish
      What reads on the bottle: "The incredibly smooth, warm and comforting finish"
      What I find: Advertizing nonsense. The peaty and peppery taste lingers for a short while. It isn't smooth or comforting. It isn't unpleasant, tho. Warm it may be. It's accompanied with toffee and sea salt. Maybe some tabasco.

  48. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Reminiscent of the old 17s from the Seagull era. And similar to this I think this is not great, but at best nice. At first I even found nose and taste a bit disappointing, when I give it time, it gets better, tastes, tasty ... but there is no spark. No € 70 whisky for me. The previously tasted 12er I like better.
    • Nose
      mild and sweet, honey, caramel, orange marmalade / canned peach ... some cinnamon at first, but that fades, later I have a light, fresh menthol note, milk chocolate, the smoke is very subtle
    • Taste
      Sweet, malt, cereal, with milk chocolate / sweetened milk coffee, slightly spicy, here too, the smoke is very reserved, as a light tartness / bitterness
    • Finish
      medium long, milk chocolate, coffee, a bit soapy

  49. EarlMobile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A delicious Bowmore from the Bourbon barrel. Overall, very harmonious and round with a subtle smokiness. On the finish woody notes come to bear, which give the whisky a slight bitterness / dryness.

  50. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/bowmore-17-yo-white-sands-43-vol-ob-2014/

  51. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  52. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nice dram, but nothing fancy
    87/100
    • Nose
      tropical fruits, mostly guava and maracuja, mandarines. salt. hints of pencil shavings but not disturbing at all. light vanilla, quite some oak.
      only mildly peated.
      not bad though I would have never thought that this is 17 yo.
    • Taste
      sweet tropical fruits. the smoke is very discreet and well integrated. salty and crisp. easy drinking stuff.
      46% please, it needs a bit more oomph.
    • Finish
      medium, medium sweet, mildly fruity

  53. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  54. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious. That's how I imagine an ex-bourbon Islay malt in its old age. Could do with a few more turns, though.

  55. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  56. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  57. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not the best Bowmore. Tha palate is ok, but not a whole together.
    • Nose
      Salted caramel, honey, tobacco, mint, melon, bourbon and smoke
    • Taste
      Pepper, flowers, melon, honey, citrus, sea minerals
    • Finish
      Medium length, tobacco

  58. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  59. steinrich scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  60. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Rock melon, honey dew with minty heat. Light salty leather at the tails.

    P- Rusty cream, melon sweet, subtle smokes reveal with dust of pepper and bits of sour fruits. Trace of floral underlay.

    F- Short-medium, tabasco spicy after taste with consistent fruits throughout. Pleasant sweet custard at lips.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  62. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  63. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I really like the Bowmore. The harmony of smoke, sweetness and spice is similar to the Benriach Solstice, where instead of the exotic fruits, it is more likely to have deep and dark fruits as a result of the portweed maturation. 46% would not have hurt the Bowmore for sure, because I miss something the "punch" like the Benriach, which was bottled with 50%.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, some vanilla / caramel, sweetness towards exotic / tropical fruits, oak.
    • Taste
      The smoke is much stronger than in the aroma, pleasant sweetness surmounted by exotic fruits, the sting Mango Maracuja will not let me go. The oak is very well integrated and noticeable for 17 years, but does not seem too strong. Oily in the mouth, for me very well balanced between smoke, sweetness and spice.
    • Finish
      The smoke is again present in the finish, although he had diminished something in between. Sweet and oak were a bit ahead after a short time.

  65. Shane_IL scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I got really excited when I first nosed this, a lovely bouquet of bourbon matured cask smells that mixed quite well with the lightly smoked Bowmore spirit, but then on the palate it all just vanished, leaving a whisky that felt thin and boring. Chill filtration is a bitch.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/07/16/my-islay-trip-part-2-bowmore/
    • Nose
      Very bourbon nose. Fruit heavy. Tropical, coconut and pineapple. Peaches. Tobacco, unlit. Bit of light wood. Fruit syrup.
    • Taste
      Flat. Bitter wood and light fruit. Barely any flavour.
    • Finish
      Short. Bitter wood and salt.

  66. Segens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A soft Bowmore which is easy to drink in a summer night! It has a bit of everything but definitely not enough of it. I would not call it boring but at least some strength would have helped. 

    Probably a very good whisky if you want to start in smokey whiskies...
    • Nose
      Color is nice then realizing it is colored haha

      Ok decent smoke which is a bit suprising and a lot of lemon fruits. When I mean "a lot" they show up before the alcohol is tickling the nose... Could have been implemented better!
    • Taste
      The taste is very soft with decent sweetness of honey, some very light barbecue notes and lemon
    • Finish
      The finish is Ok. Not too long but also not bitter or anything negative!

  67. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  68. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    For a 17-year-old Bowmore unspectacular and unfortunately a bit boring
    • Nose
      Discreet smoke, citric acid, vanilla is heard, grapefruit, artichokes, avocado
    • Taste
      Smoke and maritime notes, seaweed, sweeter in the mouth than in the nose, some toffee
    • Finish
      Smoky and medium in length

  69. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  70. ScottFrench scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A dispensable dram.
    • Nose
      Chamalow, sugar, liquorice. Speculoos. Salted butter caramel. It's light. Candied orange.
    • Taste
      Fortunately less sweet than the nose. Always these notes of liquorice, cinnamon with more mint and some freshness.
    • Finish
      Very intense on spices, but very short.

  71. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    second tasting of this Bowmore, this time more drams, more time and this really helped. wonderful bourbon influence together with smoke, and sea. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  72. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  73. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    He smells great. Light sherry, low smoke, cloves, spices, grapes. The taste is reminiscent of Kilchoman, voluminous, powerful. Not bad, but expected more because of the age.

  74. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung
    • Nose
      Fresh. Yellow fruits. Lemons. Peaches. Vanilla. After a while, sweeter notes appear. Caramel. Oak. In the background discreet smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet with caramel and vanilla at first. Then spicy. Some pepper. Toasty aromas. A lot of oak flavor. Cereals.
    • Finish
      Spicy and dry. Pepper. Oak. BBQ-roasted flavors.

  75. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  76. NamorX68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    you can taste it's a Bowmore. Very elegant, yet with character. He needs his time, when he gets you will be rewarded.
    • Nose
      Beautiful delicate smoke and sweetness, bright ripe fruit, citrus, vanilla, herbs and spicy oak, a touch of chocolate. Sea and salt. Everything wonderfully harmonious.
    • Taste
      Orange, smoke, oak, chocolate, slight bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, dry

  77. Maczet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  78. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  79. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A Bowmore, clear case! Nicely done - a malt that you can spend more time with.
    • Nose
      Very subtle smoke, which is very interwoven with the sweetness of ripe tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla. The smoke quickly fades into the background, leaving the fruit (papaya, mango?) Space.
    • Taste
      When starting the peat smoke is immediately visible. But as in the nose it does not stay long, so that more flavors can come to light: ripe tropical fruits, toffee, caramel. This is accompanied by fine pepper and an oak note, which becomes stronger over time.
    • Finish
      Fascinating: If the smoke has already disappeared, it shows itself to the end again and remains as a pleasant memory of the nose on the tongue.

  80. FC Sunderland scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  81. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Elegant and rather light, but with character. You should give the whisky time. He does not reveal his qualities at first glance. Those who are patient will be well rewarded.
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits, but only slightly sour, so towards orange or sugared grapefruit. Salty sea air blends with sweet caramel. The smoke is very reserved, if I did not know that he is there ... Everything is rather soft and mild and smells very good
    • Taste
      It starts with a very delicate herbal note (thyme?), Followed by pineapple. Some oak is there, along with the memory of light chocolate pudding. The whisky looks very elegant
    • Finish
      And finally there is the smoke, if restrained. He is accompanied by dark oak. Everything stays that way for a long time

  82. molar3rd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Toffee and smoke layered upon a melange of exotic fruit, a bit of zest , but a lot creamier than what I had expected.

    Palate: A sweet juicy palate. Lots of barley sugars, golden syrup , caramel candy and vanilla intertwined with delicate smoke and earthy peat with the teensiest bit of pepper. This is one of the creamier Bowmores I’ve had. Beautiful. But not very maritime if you’re looking for that.

    Finish: Milk chocolate. Caramel. Fudge and peat smoke.

    Bottom line:

    A belter of a dram. Not very smoky and peaty with maritime notes but a creamy smoky delight it surely is, although you normally don’t look for a lot of peat in a typical Bowmore, this one is indeed very elegant and offers a touch of Islay with a lot of smoothness.

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  83. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  84. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    About the same with the gold reef
    because he is quite complex, he has his nose slightly forward
    You do not necessarily notice the 17 years
    • Nose
      subtle smoke, a hint of naturally cloudy apple juice, a splash of lemon, the oak comes a little stronger to light. The longer he is in the glass, the better he likes it
    • Taste
      hardly any smoke, sweet citrus fruits, surprisingly sweet, creamy and oak
    • Finish
      Oak and a sooty touch

  85. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Delicious!
    • Nose
      Ok, there's definitely more in the glass than the Black Rock and Gold Reef, the smell is much more intense and heavier, it's more like plums, very sweet almost a little bit fermented, smoke of course
    • Taste
      Again as fresh from the grill, nice sweet, fruity back out
    • Finish
      Hmm medium long, a pity faster than the gold reef, here too, the fruit notes last the longest

  86. Cipidos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  87. HunterRomario scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Islay, 17 years of maturing and a price tag of 2000, -Kč, I've been expecting much more from that. Due to the age and price of the unbelievably weak whisky. When I compare it to Black Rock, which cost 687 crowns in Travel Free, it is sky and bagpipe, the Bowmore price policy is incomprehensible to me.
    • Nose
      Sharp, shiny, clay, woody, sweetish peat. (83 b)
    • Taste
      Frosty, shiny, shifting, then turning into wood, Christmas tree, resin. In the bitter bitterness. (81 b)

  88. Mushinico scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  89. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a delicious whisky
    mmh, I like him indeed
    • Nose
      Flashback> Cowshed, moldy peat with smoke
      Orange, mango, caramel chocolate,
      Smell of grilled pineapple on beef steak
    • Taste
      Smooth and cool,
      slightly sparkling fresh
      Oranges with a lot of milk chocolate
      Salt, smoke and peat
    • Finish
      long and sparkling
      wort
      oranges
      Malt sweetness & peat & salt

  90. Andy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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