Overall rating
Single Malt
The 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

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 SMWS 3.248

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

  1. schero scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Another tasty Bowmore. I’m really enjoying these woodsy tea notes. There's plenty of nice sherry notes, but this does seem to come at the cost of the peat, though, as there really isn’t a whole lot of smoke going on. It’s also got a bit of a lighter texture than I expected. Overall, a very worthwhile experience. My experience with Bowmore IBs has turned me into Bowmore fan, which is something I would have never expected to say after trying all those distillery bottlings.

    Nose: Sweet-and-sour. Musty, savoury sherry, honey, toffee, plums, orange, apple cider vinegar, cedar, old leather, and wooden furniture. Chocolate ganache with raspberries. The smoke emerges slowly, and is quite subtle: cumin, applewood chips, and subtle roasted meat.
    A long rest in the glass and there’s more sherry: juicy orange, Swedish Berries, fried bananas, lemon tarts, and black licorice. Green tea, heather, and caramel, too. A hint of something maritime.
    A dribble of water brought out rich raisin and brioche sweetness.

    Palate: Medium texture. Sweet honey and some brine at first, then a blast of piney peat smoke. Darjeeling tea, developing into lapsang souchong. Blueberries and blackberries. Lots of pine, mint, melon, and tropical fruit, then another hit of smoke. Black pepper and a hint of seaweed.
    With the water, the raisins aren’t intense like in the nose, but now there’s a pronounced chocolatey note towards the back.

    Finish: Sweet and herbal. More Darjeeling tea and blueberries. Sea buckthorn! That’s a new one. Some black licorice, turning to smoked fish, green wood, and earth. Lots of honey, with light-ish sherry fruit, cinnamon, and cedar.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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. 

  9. 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

  10. 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]


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