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Overall rating
88.99/100
votes
132
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

Average value

€ 110,08

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Bw5 SMS

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.99 points

  1. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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
    • 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.

  3. Mighty Slipper scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Full review on my blog :

    http://blogwwb.blogspot.fr/2017/05/bowmore-bw5-speciality-drinks-502.html

  4. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ApricotOne scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A not so typical Bowmore, as known from the Core Range. Tolerates water and thanks it with increasingly fruity notes.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Grutslurp scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Direct, very generous on bacon, with a lot of roundness. Ditto in the mouth, with some exotic fruits. Moderate peat, well dosed.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  8. helmutgw scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: more fruit, more alcohol not exactly interesting 06.ß2.2017 72
    • Nose
      N: low alcohol, some smoke, closed
    • Taste
      light body, sweetness, smoke, medicinal, minimal fruit
    • Finish
      long, so, alcohol stays over

  9. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Really, a Bowmore? If I had never bet blindly on it. Goes to Lagavulin 12, I like it very much.
    • Nose
      Maritime smoke, mixed with the smell of fermented fruit. Salty. Seaweed. Above all, a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice. At the beginning slightly stinging alcohol note. From lemon juice becomes pineapple, the smoke is quickly gone. Blind I would never have typed here on a Bowmore.
    • Taste
      Strong start with a lot of smoke. Pepper and salt and directly back the bright fruits from the nose. Add coconut milk and bitter almonds. Nothing with "aged mild", which is direct and hearty.
    • Finish
      Long and dry and still smoky-fruity. Nice salty on the tongue.

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