Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Wine Cask
Stated Age
12 years old
Burgundy Wine Cask Finish (2011)
Number of bottles
58.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Oct 2015 11:27 am by DDiep
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 108.67

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25 × member ratings

40 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 2003 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Love it, but not worth 199 Eu imho on the market, like there is today.
    • Nose
      Yellow fruit, peat, smoke, nutweg, slight vanilla and bandages and some green grapes. Reveals the wine cask very openly.
    • Taste
      Red fruits appear, mixed with yellow fruit, pleasantly a little sour, which works well against the sweetness and balances this dram. Traces of cinnamon and nutmeg.

      Body wise... if you could taste a wasp waiste, I imagine it tastes like this.
    • Finish
      Loooong finish, with bandages, sweet (overripe) red fruits, faint Haribo Bears and a few minutes later a touch of menthol that appears like an extra surpise.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Landryn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fruity smoke, oak chips, some ginger, strawberry, caramel sweetness Taste: Caramel, red fruit and subtle smoke, becoming salty, smoked fish Finish: quite long, smoky, sweet and salty at the same time, later the caramel sweetness gains the upper hand

    Conclusion: delicious Dram, which is a lot of fun, especially the smoke / red wine combination, and the resulting caramel sweetness with strawberry flavor. Attention, extremely tasty! - 87 points

  6. Pxrider scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Note by Whiskyfun

    Bowmore 12 yo 2003/2014 (58.1%, Cadenhead, wine cask, burgundy wood, 270 Bottles)

    Bowmore 12 yo 2003/2014 (58.1%, Cadenhead, wine cask, burgundy wood, 270 Bottles) Four stars and a half This one was transferred into a Bourgogne cask in 2011. But white or red? We’ll see… Colour: salmony. Probably red. Nose: plenty of sawdust and nutmeg at first nosing, then rather peonies and ginger. Peppercorns, a little butter, a little incense. A little strange, but it works. With water: pencil shavings galore, old pièce (that’s the name of the casks they use in Burgundy), a wee mustiness… Mouth (neat): fun stuff indeed. Sweet oranges, raspberries, ginger, strawberries, some pretty spicy French oak, and Bowmore’s peat. It’s not easy-easy to find out about which spices came from the cask, and which from the spirit. But quite amazingly, they blend well. With water: some kind of syrup? An old cordial? It’s very spicy and very fruity at the same time, and Bowmore’s saltiness is roaring in the background. Finish: long, sweet, salty, spicy. Salted cherries? Comments: this baby will make you believe in miracles. I’d have never thought it would work, I remember a Port Ellen finished in a red Burgundy cask (not by CAD) that was really, really… unlikely. SGP:655 - 88 points.

  7. DDiep did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Cadenhead's official tasting notes:

    Nose: Medicinal with sandlewood; slightly farmyard like with soft smoked notes.
    Taste: Cedarwood with dry ash and soft smoked fish notes with some creamy highlights along with apricots and smoked cheese.
    Finish: Smoked mackerel pate with peaches and mango. Extremely long drying finish.


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