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Overall rating 101 votes 89.08
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
5 Refill Hogsheads
Strength
50.2 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5060188981466
Added on
30 Jun 2015 6:03 pm by whisk-O-thek
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

202 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

29 Notes

Gaija
Expert Junior Gaija Tasting note
11 Jul 2017 2:29 pm
Gaija gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

At first it's just quite briny and nothing much else, though you feel some kind of sucrosity behind it. By letting it breathe, some petrol appears, along with lime. Think like a pulco-fuel mix with a dash of salt. Interesting, but I was expecting more generosity in the fruitiness. Some shy redcurrant and mango notes appear later on, but they're clearly  not dominant. Same feeling of "gherkin juice" that I previously got in the Loch Gorm, as well. Quite dirty.

Taste

Already a bit rounder, more generous. Masculine Bowmorian peat on burnt rubber and soot, salt, mango, bitter beer, one of those acidic green candies and some band-aid. Very okay, but lacks precision and sexiness imho.

Finish

Probably the most interesting part, we're still not really getting any real fruitiness but instead some (obvious) soot flavoured with peppermint and thuya, but most of all knackebröt (you know, the Ikea stuff for when you wanna convince yourself you're on a diet), which I found very interesting. Menthol cigarette.

Comments

My expectations might have been too high, granted. Still, while this remains an undoubtedly good whisky, it's a bit of a let down for me. There's not enough fruitiness to balance the typically unsexy rubbery peat of Bowmore, the nose was quite static to say the least and the palate lacked precision. Seemingly unpopular opinion : I prefered the similarly-aged Cooper's Choice edition, which is actually all the contrary of this Bw5 profile-wise. https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/74425/bowmore-1995-cc

Mighty Slipper
Expert Junior Mighty Slipper Note
12 May 2017 5:00 pm
Mighty Slipper gave this whisky 87 points
Segens
Expert Senior Segens Note
17 Apr 2017 5:10 pm
Segens gave this whisky 88 points

quite fruity Bowmore which is definitely overpriced (105€ - 04/2017). Nervetheless a good drinkable dram. 

ApricotOne
Expert Senior ApricotOne Review note
03 Apr 2017 6:04 am
ApricotOne gave this whisky 87 points

Ein nicht ganz so typischer Bowmore, wie man ihn aus der der Core Range kennt.

Verträgt Wasser und dankt es mit zunemenden fruchtigen Noten.

Weighted Rate
86.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
85
Presentation
85
Grutslurp
Member Senior Grutslurp Tasting note
08 Mar 2017 8:26 am
Grutslurp gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Papaya with lime juice, sea air, unripe pineapple, almost smokeless

Taste

More peat and smoke than the nose, bitter lemons, vanilla

Finish

Earthy and lemony peat

Comments

Nose is by far the best part. The tropical fruits are interesting. Good whisky but not my style I'm afraid.

lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Note
05 Mar 2017 11:56 am

Direct, très généreux sur le bacon, avec beaucoup de rondeur. Idem en bouche, avec quelques fruits exotiques. Tourbe modérée, bien dosée.

Enthousiasme 4/5

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helmutgw
Expert Senior helmutgw Tasting note
07 Feb 2017 6:15 pm
helmutgw gave this whisky 72 points
Color
White wine
Nose

N: wenig Alkohol, etwas Rauch, verschlossen


Taste

leichter Körper, Süße, Rauch, medizinisch, minimale Frucht

Finish

lang, s.o., Alkohol bleibt über

Comments

+H2O: mehr Frucht, mehr Alkohol

nicht gerade interessant

06.ß2.2017 72
helmutgw
GlenSikkes
Connoisseur GlenSikkes Note
14 Jan 2017 7:34 pm

Notes by producer;

Matured for nigh-on two decades, this is a fruit-dominant Bw bottling from a pair of ex-bourbon hogsheads. Perhaps the best Bw so far.

Cask details;

Five refill hogsheads, two from 1995 and three from 1996.


Tasting Notes;


Nose

Equally balanced between fresh lemon and orange notes and smoke. There is some smoked-fish aromas, too, along with savoury olive tapenade and pineapple.

  • Palate

    Lime zest and citrus fruits merging with light peat smoke and more tropical fruit. Strong emphasis on the fruit with this dram.

  • Finish

    The fruit outweighs the smoke, with a dry note right at the death.

spoiled ape 4 life
Archer
Connoisseur Archer Review note
17 Nov 2016 3:45 pm
Archer gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
89
scuse me while I kiss the sky
Archer
Connoisseur Archer Tasting note
17 Nov 2016 3:04 pm
Archer gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Maritimer Rauch, vermengt mit dem Geruch vergorener Früchte. Salzig. Seetang. Über allem eine Note von frisch gepresstem Zitronensaft. Zu Beginn leicht stechende Alkoholnote. Aus Zitronensaft wird Ananas, der Rauch ist schnell verflogen. Blind hätte ich hier niemals auf einen Bowmore getippt.

Taste

Kräftiger Antritt mit 'ner Menge Rauch. Pfeffer und Salz und direkt wieder die hellen Früchte aus der Nase. Dazu Kokosnussmilch und bittere Mandeln. Nix mit "im Alter milde geworden", der ist direkt und deftig.

Finish

Lang und trocken werdend und immer noch rauchig-fruchtig. Auf der Zunge schön salzig.

Comments

Wirklich, ein Bowmore? Hätte ich blind niemals drauf gewettet. Geht in Richtung Lagavulin 12, gefällt mir sehr gut.

scuse me while I kiss the sky

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