Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Like a hot coal in the mouth
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L15 231 14:31 7
Added on
02 Oct 2015 11:57 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 77.90

9 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 SMWS 3.248

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very horny Bowmore
    • Nose
      Salty maritime, slightly aromatic smoke, slightly greasy, sweet red fruit, strawberry juice
    • Taste
      Sweet, then slightly smoky, then again creamier and sweeter, salty, mineral, again strawberries
    • Finish
      Mineral, salty, smoky, oak, dates, liquorice, sticky sweetness on the palate

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Candied cherry, peat, red apple, caramel and pineapple.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, cherry, caramel and a bit of peach.
    • Finish
      Peat, cherry, wine gum and grass.

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    N: Ashy, brine, sweet and salty, ink, milk chocolate, slightly dirty, but it works. Some pear juice to bring it all together

    P: Creamy. Peach yogurt, ash again, big and bold all the way. A waxiness that is really welcome

    F: Long on peach candies, hot ash, menthol, salted black licorice. Violets. Retronasal olfaction of smoke and cold ash for a good few minutes.

    Really interesting and really solid bowmore. Like this one a lot. The creamy and waxy mouthfeel almost pushed this close to 90

  4. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Please "note": sister barrel from www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/67843
    Issue price (2017): 68.00 GBP
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Maybe not the sexiest Bowmore ever, but a very solid dirty and earthy dram. If you like the darker side of whisky and you're offered this, don't hesitate!
    • Nose
      Very delicate from the intensity point of view. From the nose, it's raw and greasy. It smells like a pebble beach with seaweed, close to a harbour with boats coming and going (this smell of oil), rather dry and earthy peat smoke (licorice). There is not so much fruit in here, a little bit of orange only. At the end, there is some clove.
    • Taste
      Still very much on the darker side, with licorice root, burnt twigs, a little bit of peat, seaweed and also the mineral side from the nose. Now, some dried fruit comes in (raisin, fig). Different spices (ginger, pepper, clove) complement the palate.
    • Finish
      Lasts quite long, with a nice spicy and slightly sour feel. The smoke has vanished almost completely, but the earthy side is still present.

  6. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I have not had a good Bowmore. Ever. But I didn't want to dismiss an entire distillery because of 5-6 bad experiences. This redeemed Bowmore for me. This is an excellent dram. 
    • Nose
      Floral, light smoke, cherry syrup, honey, cough sweets. 
    • Taste
      Syrupy and deep mouthfeel. Sweet, red fruit, delicate smoke, cherry cough sweet, dark honey, and spice. 
    • Finish
      Floral, cough sweet, spice, syrup. Long finish. 

  8. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Allright! Salt, seaweed, peat, some bacon, then there is some sweetness, sherry, a hint of citrus. This was really good stuff but the more I tasted it the more i started missing somethimg in it - still can't tell what it was.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Lot’s of peeps are loving this, and with 594 bottles there may be just enough to go round - though it was bottled in 2015 and registered on WB in early 2016. I’d forgotten I’d tried it a few weeks prior to it’s ‘2017 release’ and thought it was good myself [Score: 86, blog]. Let’s see how it fairs today. 
    N: Water really opens this up. Light overall and salty with a little toast, vegetal icing sugar and plenty of vanilla.
    T: Light and savoury/sweet vegetal, a little mint sauce - salted, roasted char and toasted caramel. Decent body.
    F: A slight heat with all the previous notes from the palate still present.
    C: A very likeable Bowmore with lots of varied pleasantries. It appears considerably more gentile/less huge today, all round - maybe it’s prone to the elements? At £68 for a 17yo single cask Bowmore, it’s a very decent buy. Blog.

    Scores a B- [85]

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ‘The Weekend Guardian of Whisky’
    N: Another ex-sherry cask brings a deliciously rich fruity=smoky Islay malt with a wood-sherry complex, spices, varnish and sweet-vegetal notes. This last dram seems to be a culmination [plus], of all the previous four malts and is the first ‘shopping list’ dram of the night, namely big vegetal and leather notes with salty sea-fruits - capers not cod although i detect a light anchovy oil. It’s very sulphur-desirable too, and i do hope the sulphur note i picked up here isn’t from that Benrinnes [although the previous Glen Grant had none so i think i’m clear]. Takes a long while for the 17 years of maturity to show. Comes across more a 9-12 yo for the first half an hour at least.
    T: Rich-resinous & sweet-herbal mouthfeel with solid char, a big sweet<herbal chew and a sweet-aniseed-heat. Again it’s hugely youthful.
    F: Herbal/peaty, salty, malty chew with a sweet<bitter-sour finish.
    C: Easily the most popular whisky of the night, being cursively complex, conservatively challenging and effortlessly engaging - the ‘Weekend Guardian of Whisky’ perhaps? Blog

    Scores a B[-]


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