Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Port Cask Matured
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
18 Apr 2009 8:08 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 598,50

40 × in wishlist

178 × member ratings

334 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1988

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.43 points

  1. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a bomb, extraordinary in every way: massive power and smoke for 21 years, extreme bitterness, maritime, and somewhere fruity. I have never had such a Portfass malt, nor such a wicked Bowmore. Almost a whisky catharsis! The opinions in my circle of friends vary widely, many come with this whisky not clear. I'm so glad I still have a bottle of it that I'll never sell!
    • Nose
      Pure: an absolutely unique nose that I've never felt before. He smells already extremely bitter, lactose, bitter chocolate. In addition come old diesel oil, old tires, 80s workshop. But then again dark blackberry jam, strawberries. Above all, there is a filthy peat note with a stormy coastline, very smoky for old age and a Bowmore. Very complex and really fantastic! With a bit of water: the extreme notes go back a bit, dark forest honey is added and makes the whole thing a bit "wholesome", so it is not immediately afraid of the first sip :-)
    • Taste
      Pure: At first one believes in a creamy, sweet onset, then follows after a few seconds a bitter fiery smoke explosion, which has an incredible power for old age! Also in the mouth extremely bitter chocolate (90 +%), then strawberry jam, but also tuna from the tin with salt crust. What a mix! And damn tasty. With a little water: still a lot of strength, I honestly hardly notice any change, maybe a little bit tart.
    • Finish
      very long, chocolate, "good" bitterness, and dark cherry are hanging forever.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    the false note may not afford a 21y at this price
    Bowmore has repeatedly done no favor with it
    I feel this whisky as inedible
    • Nose
      Violet oil (soapy)
    • Taste
      clearly the wrong note violet oil again
      which sticks unpleasantly to the palate
      Chocolate and grapefruit
      fruity notes
      tingle & salty
    • Finish
      fruity & salty maritime
      the violet oil in the background clearly felt

  3. kallehaugedk scored this whisky 35 points Expert Junior

    Horrible soapy thin overpriced French Whore

     parfume! Yuk!
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      5 5

  4. malthead-sven scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    damn tasty, balanced and yet unique, I would blindly very likely recognize again. More sweetness than smoke, more ripe fruit and spiciness from the port barrel. Reminiscent of berries and lavender. 94/100
    • Nose
      Blueberries, raspberries, woodruff, fruity chewy candy, the light and dry Bowmore smoke shimmers through, followed by dark, mushy strawberries, marble cakes, new leather seats in the car, licorice, plum jam, all the flavors are strongly interwoven
    • Taste
      strong, yet gentle-mouthed, maritime and plump sweet, again many red fruit flavors, then clearly lavender
    • Finish
      and again sweet, extremely mouthwashing, throat dragons candy, not as strong as in the mouth but incredibly long and elegant, later cinnamon and again lovely, for Bowmore typical lavender

  5. DiossUA scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose : perfumery, raspberries, cut grass, smokiness, nuts and prunes (they start to dominate in 2 aroma phase), beets, suddenly aroma starts to pinch the nose, and then there is quite clearly a pot cat, however it quickly disappears
    Taste : sweet, even more creamy raspberry, paint, perfumes, cotton candy - very powerful and unusual
    Finish : long but mild: raspberry, cotton candy, little bit smoky BTW, water drops are prohibited
    Conclusion : is it an Islay malt: prunes / nuts in nose and raspberry in taste? I am not sure. Very unusual malt, but solid and balanced.

    Aroma : perfumery, raspberries, mown grass, smoke, nuts and prunes (they start to dominate in the 2nd phase of the fragrance), Buryak, suddenly the scent begins to pinch the nose, and after that the cat's pot is clearly visible, but it quickly disappears)
    Taste : sweet, even more creamy raspberries, colors, perfumes, sweet wool, very powerful and unusual
    Aftertaste: long, but soft: raspberry, sweet cotton, a little smoke By the way, water drops are contraindicated
    Conclusion: Is it really Isla: prunes / nuts in the aroma and raspberry in taste? I'm not sure) A very unusual mole, but folded and balanced.

  6. d1scostu scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: salt, clearly port, sherry? Spices, wood, no smoke, sweet, bowmore untypical, pleasant round smell, dark toen, densely interwoven toen which condense to a new fragrance, coffee beans, strawberry jam
    Taste: very slight scarf, short finish, warm, sweet, dark sweet, soap
    Finish: short, at the 2./3. Sip a little longer, salty
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Very good, unfortunately overpriced Bowmore. At the independent bottlers you get for half the price bottlings at a similar and higher level.
    • Nose
      96 96
      At first restrained. After 2 - 3 minutes in the glass slightly flowery, phenolic and some apricot.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Immediately sweet, slightly perfumed, slightly metallic - salty, (copper kettle), some white pepper, slightly citrusy and slightly astringent, very subtle smoky note that stays nice in the background. Does not need water. Very soft and ripe. Needs a lot of time in the glass. Then he gets better and better.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Relatively short. Slightly phenolic, salty, metallic, slightly bitterness. Later in the empty glass some smoked ham.

  9. kot1803 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92


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