Overall rating
89.15/100
votes
56
Whiskybase ID
WB76082
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Genie in a bottle
Vintage
19.04.1994
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3.255
Number of bottles
510
Strength
56.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
31 dec 2015 7:48 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 180.77

14 × in wishlist

56 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1994 SMWS 3.255

17 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.15 points.

  1. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very solid Bowmore, would love to own a bottle of this one! It offers a complex palate that keeps developing. The refill sherry really is complementary to the distillate, and doesn't impose the sweet and dark flavour profile it usually imparts. It was the winner of a vertical of 5 well aged Bowmores I enjoyed recently.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Medium peat, with immediately some grapefruits. I somehow often get these with refill sherry casks. Maritime notes and fresh green herbs follow, together with hay and a curious note of wet dog. This is no sherry bomb, but rather a deep and multi-layered nose with no overpowering elements. Very nice!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Medium peated with an oily texture. Chocolate, citrus fruits, cumin, pine needles and a subtle bitterness dominate the first wave. Salty liquorice (salmiak) and fruits (mainly peach) come in a second wave; the flavours keep developing!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium peat, with a lighter side (floral, citrus fruits) and heavier side (salted caramelfudge, salmiak liquorice). It has an earthy background, and some tannins. Lingers for a long time.

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  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. wataya scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      paraffin, lemons and laurels.. clean cotton and very distant smoke
    • Taste
      92 92
      whoa!.. where did that come from?!? grilled and charred, sweet pineapple express & lavender essential oils
    • Finish
      88 88
      pepper & salt

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price December 2015: £ 139.40

    www.smws.com/genie-in-a-bottle

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    While good, it does disappoint a bit, since it barely displays any of the tropical fruitiness that sets Bowmore apart from most other Islay distilleries.
    • Nose
      Lots of brine, more so than I'm used to from mid-90s Bowmore. There's a subtle hint of peat, followed by licorice, ginger and hot tar, but behind it all there's definitely some of that trademark sweet/citric fruitiness so many people love, me included. Not as abundant as I'd like though.
    • Taste
      Nice oily spirit, which isn't always the case with Bowmore. Plenty of smoke and a good amount of peat, as well as some sal ammoniac. Proper spicy, with heaps of chili and ginger. Let's add some water, maybe that'll calm things down. Well, it does a bit. Sadly, it also transforms it into a much drier whisky.
    • Finish
      Spicy, peaty and dry. Long.

  11. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  12. mer1973 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very special whisky this. The taste and body of this whisky is completely different from the smell you suspect. Only in the finish will some of the smells come back into the taste from the beginning. Very long finish also, taste stays very long. Sensational to drink this, too bad it is so expensive, but a special one.
    • Nose
      Salty, very light peat, citrus, hay. Soap air also. Light incense, and caramel / toffee. Full, pleasantly sweet and fruity fragrance.
    • Taste
      Wow! This is totally different than the smell suggests! The way is friendly, it is slightly peppery and sharp, some salmiak. Smoky, and other sweet notes, still caramel, but now also chocolate and nuts. Firm, stimulating.
    • Finish
      Long, very long. Still slightly peppery, prickling on the tongue. Wood, nuts, caramel. Now also some lavender and soap from the smell, but also ash and smoke.

  15. hfos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hui. Huijuijui. Very interesting. And just in the taste no piece complacent, which calls. I would never suspect sherry, not even refill. It would probably last a bottle for a very long time and be put to good use - that's where the mood must fit.
    • Nose
      Lemon and salt (does anyone want a tequila?), Fuel oil, soap, warm, fresh bread, spicy hay ... greener with water, more grassy, ​​somewhat medicated and maritime
    • Taste
      hot, dry, despite the age a bit metallic-bitter, ash, salt, the smoke is very present, almost penetrating ... very bitter herbs, laurel? ... as if chewing on old, dry stalks, licorice, old, dry wood
    • Finish
      long, dry, warm and peppery, tart, woody, burnt bread

  18. malthead-sven scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    No typical sherry keg Bowmore, has amazing facets but needs a shot of water and this reveal. Overall a treat.
    • Nose
      Paraffin, a rusty oil lamp, bath salt, soap, a little cooling then the alcohol, squeezed lemon, sprite, mandarin, coconut, then tar again, the faint smoke is latent but in the background, fruit buttermilk, a hayloft, with water dwindling Fruit notes and it gets woodier
    • Taste
      slightly spicy, much stronger smoke now, salted liquorice herring, herbs, rosemary, smoked ham
    • Finish
      long, dry and extremely warm, shortbread, pistachio, slightly tart notes and very little bitterness

  19. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: New pound coin 

    Flavour: Peated 

    This was like a genie in a glass, from clean perfumed smoke
    and a well-used wooden pipe rack to sun scorched hay and heather, moving on to
    stem and crystallised ginger and finishing with seared scallops. We finally let
    the genie out and had a sip – it was a puff of glittering, well rounded,
    perfumed smoke. Sweet and floral at first, but then salted caramel arrived and
    in the finish, a pleasant dryness. With water, crunchy ginger and coffee iced
    biscuits as well as almond slices and the taste of lavender honey on burnt toast
    making this a very relaxed laid back experience.

    Drinking Tip: Close your eyes and make a wish

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