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Bowmore 21-year-old

Overall rating
90.26/100
votes
100
Whiskybase ID
WB756
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
white stripe on capsule
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 nov 2007 12:18 pm

Average value

€ 1430.51

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 21-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.26 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  I had this dram during the charity tasting at Limburg Whisky Fair.  I am quite curious about it as I never dared to buy a bottle of this 21-years old release from 2003 (because 2003 minus 21 equals 1982 what is in the midst of the bad years of Bowmore).  But hopefully they added some older stuff to this batch...

    This is a perfect example of the disgusting Bowmore style during the eighties.  I guess, some of the high scores here must have had an earlier batch - or the bottle at this tasting had a defect cork stopper (but still I miss all the other flavours and aromas that usually make Bowmore a great dram).  Thanks to the whisky gods I never bought a bottle of this release...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is amontillad and the texture shows medium tears with medium fast legs (not the best oiliness). The nose reminds me rather of the bad years of Bowmore with old wooden notes (cardboards, old papers), some perfumy aromas and finally very shy fruits in the background. No, this is way weaker than the great older batches of the 21-years old Bowmore released in the nineties - too bad. Even after several minutes of breathing it does not improve a lot, just the annoying aromas of old wood and perfumes vanish somewhat.
    • Taste
      81 81
      The taste itself is not really better and the finish is even more cardboardy with just some spices added. Water improves the dram a little bit as it takes away some of the annoying old wooden notes.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The initial mouthfeel is ... bad years again. I do not like it at all: Lots of disgusting corky and drying moments of dusty old papers with almost no coating effect. Oh Bowmore, what did you do wrong during the eighties?

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nice mouthfeel and very moreish.
    • Nose
      Dark orange marmalade, salted caramel, waffles, fig, plum, fruit skins.
    • Taste
      Initially there is a nice, resinous fruit taste but it is closely followed by some bitter woody notes.

      Freshly sawn wood, orange marmalade peel (breakfast marmalade), honeycomb, biscuit and plum.
    • Finish
      Long and soothing with some faint menthol notes.

  3. Port Ardbeg scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The whisky needs a lot of air to breathe, then it will be perfect.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent older Bowmore which is as subtle as it is delicious. A nuanced interplay between sweet with peat, and coastal with mineral makes for a whisky which feels completely Islay, whilst at the same time never lets a single flavour profile dominate the experience. A wonderful composition that offers both complexity, and a look back at how good Bowmore’s whisky’s used to be. Perhaps they can recapture some of this awesomeness again in the future – let’s hope so.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bowmore/bowmore-21-year-old-2003-bottling/
    • Nose
      Delicate, fruity and mineral. Commencing with chalky sand and rocky wet slate, this Bowmore’s minerality extends into its subtle smoke – coal dust, tar and a fire in a gravel pit, but all rather restrained and integrated with the other flavours. Slightly sherried, this offers heathery honey, melon, light fresh berries and a good whack of orange segments and peels. A few drops of water really heightens the orange-esque aroma into tangerines and satsumas. It also adds some light chocolate and coastal influence – rock pool water.
    • Taste
      Sweet with ashy peat. Minerality continues, granite and slate mingle with chalky ashy peat, but are livened by very fresh, tart lemon and grapefruit juices. Orange peels, sour cherries and hedgerow berries make for a particularly fruity palate. Cask influence can be felt more keenly here – old wood beams, antique furniture and some ginger spicing. Water heightens the woody elements of this whisky further, emphasising oak and astringency, but also adding coffee beans and light chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long and packed full of tangy citrus and chalky minerality.

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very calm, measured, quiet whisky. A kind of silent, gloomy and sluggish old man Bomo, who was tired for a long time and a little exhausted, but still retained strength, a sober mind and a huge store of knowledge to pass it on to future generations. I really liked the aftertaste, but lacked the richness and density in the aroma and taste.
    • Nose
      Dampness, rotten wood, barnyard with all its ingredients, dried fruits, flowers, dry smoke.
    • Taste
      Nuts, light smoked meats, prunes, spices, a hint of citrus and a taste of noble "old".
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, soft, uniform, with hints of raisins, prunes and spices, with a light smoky note and a cigar flavor.

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Excellent release. A great whisky. Who else give me a drink?
    • Nose
      92 92
      First, a small chemical pulse hits the nose: acetone, varnish. Further.Old, candied plum jam, waffle cake, Eclair and custard. The smoke is almost invisible. The smell is like fresh marshmallows in the middle of a traffic jam - a little sweetness, a little exhaust. A little spice. A little dust.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is Sweet, enveloping, plum jam and hot black tea with lemon. Sealing wax. A little bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet with a bitter tinge at the very end of the tongue.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The aftertaste is plum with a slight hint of cloves as a seasoning.

  7. DistiLesha scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I would never say that this is Bowmore. A very interesting malt in terms of aging aged peat alcohols. 21 years have done their job, no trace of the smoke remained. All that remains of the peatiness is tar in the first taste. Very delicate, sweetish tar - the same tar that we chewed with boys in childhood, when there were no gum yet, but we already heard about them!
    But, interestingly, the smell in your mouth remains as if you were drinking smoky whisky.
    • Nose
      cereal notes
      acetone
      slightly damp coarse tobacco
      wet board
      damp raisins
      dried apricots
      dried apricots
      banana
      peanut
      a little vanilla
      some ripe citrus
    • Taste
      saturated
      bright
      warming
      in the first language tar
      slight pungency throughout
      sherry
      the sweetness is decent, but not bulging
      old skin
    • Finish
      Powerful
      Astringent
      Tannin
      Sherry
      Smoky

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sad that Bowmore cannot seem to build this profile anymore.  Unmistakable character, sea malt and rich body, fruity sherry... OBE just to top the cake.  If you ever get a chance... grab a taste of it.
    • Nose
      The nose is unmistakable #Bowmore. Loads of sweetness, malt, Old Bottle Effect, limestone, sandalwood, massage oil, light florals.
    • Taste
      The body is intense as we're getting g to the bottom. To bacon and slake, line and peat, loads of sweet creaminess​. Big malt underneath and some unmistakable Islay character.
    • Finish
      The finish is unmistakable Bowmore, limestone and rich sea malt...

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is a really nice example of a medium sherried Bowmore.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  11. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    My vote (93/100) for the bottle with the code: 0111971420

  12. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Newly opened bottle!

     Bottle Code: NO403000124 (seems also slightly more red in color)

    There are many different baches, aren't they?

    Re-review: 94 Points for this!

    Simply superb. Smooth and sweet ...

  13. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Simply amazing stuff…..
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very maritime and highly complex 'old' Bowmore with some incredible old Sherry casks in it ... a real classic!

    Smooth sea - calm but powerful.

    When it is in the mouth you involuntarily have to catch your breath because of the pure delight.

    extremely round and balanced with vast richness.

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      basket full of ripe autumn fruits, old warehouse, pears and apples, really old Sherry cask, prunes, some smoke, salt, caramel (also spiced), scouring milk, motor oil cloth, lemon (comes also like a spice), some peat in combination with stored wood trunks, cherry and strawberry jam, apricot jam, slightly burnt dough, slightly fermented grapes, some old engine, some fine custard, milk chocolate, toffee, service station floor, hints of vault, maritime, espresso with some alcohol, pure Sherry, noble tart chocolate, tender and round wood spice with inlet medium, barn loft, applesauce, fruitcake, fresh orange peel, slightly pungent barley (Bowmore typical), sprinkle of sweet paprika powder, some charcoal from grill, old cask with sour orange juice, moments of wide and green grasslands, cognac, brandy beans, espresso chocolate, sugared apricots
    • Taste
      fiery, lemon juice, some old Sherry cask, cherry juice, orange juice (sour), plums, old wood, some cognac, espresso, Sherry, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, a lot of citrus, old furniture, pure peat, old and hay, old and slightly brittle wood planks, wonderful 'old' tartness right from the beginning, dark currant juice, distinct Sherry cask, slightly sweet peat, pleasant and decent spiciness, some grainy components, christmas tree, long, hints of kiwi, litchi, salt
    • Finish
      old and dry Sherry with a lot of citrus and scouring milk, a lot of dark chocolate with some slightly burnt peat, warm and dark, Sherry cask, various pickled fruits, tart and rough leather, also fresh fruits in combination with peat (which also functions the base), tobacco leaves, many fruit peels, plums, hints of cinnamon, some cognac, highly complex finish, some wood, getting dry in the most pleasant way, some chili, clear marzipan, 'old' fruit sweetness, burnt wood, pantry, sprinkle of pepper, idea of applesauce, salt (salty litchi)

  16. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  17. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    It happens not very often that Nose, Taste and Finish are completely on the same high quality level - here it does! Just wonderful!

  18. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  19. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A great Dram!

    The Bowmore character is there always -

    but what a smooth experience!

    Tasting with Wootan Hippo van Rheen (03.08.2014).
    • Nose
      Sweetness, peat, cherry jam, salt air, plums, caramel, some spice, fruit cocktail, idea of porcini mushrooms, orange peel, orange, dark chocolate, a little wood glue and gasoline, some leather and smoke, then apples, green herbs
    • Taste
      cool effect, herb, light bitter taste and slight sweetness, wood, barrel, citrus, apples, pears, cakes, peat, salt and pepper, coffee, cocoa powder, plum, tobacco, orange juice, dark chocolate, leather, sesame whole wheat crackers
    • Finish
      Plums, oranges, wood and barrel, warmth, apples and pears, dark chocolate, tobacco, wood spice, aftertaste of a fish court, dry wood, herbs, thyme (?), aftertaste of green tea ...

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