Bowmore 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Sands
Stated Age
17 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 Jun 2015 7:20 pm

Average value

€ 114.61

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 17-year-old

85 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.34 points

  1. 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
      Malt sweetness & peat & salt

  2. 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...

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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