Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L15 207 16:05 8ML
Added on
13 Nov 2015 11:21 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96.92

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37 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 SMWS 3.251

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.21 points

  1. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Steller SMWS Bowmore.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, dark honey, molasses, floral notes, sweet red fruit, cut wood, vanilla. Rich and sweet and subtly smoky.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity arrival, with spice, dark honey, red fruit, syrup, mild orange, mild smoke, floral notes. Rich, sweet, and drying.
    • Finish
      Long, with billowing warmth of spice, red fruit, and mild smoke.

  2. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at L&B whiskyfestival in Amsterdam january 2019. This combination of sherry and bowmore works wonders. The fruity body and medium peat from bowmore can handle sherry very well.
    • Nose
      A deep dark citrus start with lots of stuff happening. There is this seabreeze that gives some minerals and a salty edge. A glowing fire with a soft and warm smoke. But mostly oranges with chocolate.
    • Taste
      Just a great package with sweetness from the sherry with walnuts and brownsugar. Lots of fruit from the lime, red apples and the blood oranges. And to complete this great profile, there is this soft peat too.
    • Finish
      A long and lasting finish on tabacco leaves, mandarines and chocolate nuts with a smoldering campfire. This asks for another dram.

  4. darren918jp scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    The nose has a lot of tar and some smoke, but there is some stewed fruitiness in the background that pulls it together after the heat passes neat... I haven't had rhubarb pie in years, but this whisky brings that to mind.

    Ad a heavily peated sherried Islay malt that manages to strike a reasonable balance between the sherry wood and the peat, it is a notable whisky to those whom often find the two somewhat incompatible. 

    There is a notable syrupiness, with an accent of tar, maybe a hint of toffee,with nicely balanced wood-spice, baked/stewed fruit, and perhaps a hint of smoked fish flakes (Japanese bonito "katsuo-bushi"). The sherry sherry comes through on the finish, with a burst of sour black cherry followed by concord grape skin tannins. 

    I found that at certain levels of added water the peat influence came to the fore, making it a more challenging dram (see the note by "John Barelycorn" at the bottom), so experimenting with water is interesting, but the whisky is very drinkable neat. 

  5. Zumbar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Deep blood orange gold 
    Flavour: Lightly peated

    The nose had reasonable sweetness (toffee, golden syrup,
    marzipan, sugared almonds) some savoury suggestions (cooked crab, roast duck
    with plum sauce) and ‘an engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard’. The palate, at
    natural strength, conveyed burnt sticks and over-done fruit cake, sticky
    gingerbread, teasing smoke and hints of soot and ash. The reduced nose leaped
    about from crushed shells and coal sacks to spiced stewed plums, figs and
    orange fruit cake, with a slight suggestion of rubber (those old tyres that
    dangle from harbour walls). Water improved the taste, in our opinion – Terry’s
    chocolate orange, sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch, Demerara and clove.

    Drinking tip: To enjoy, while sitting in the sun, watching
    scenes of harbour life.


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