Bowmore 1999

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Feis Ile Collection
Stated Age
17 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2016
Added on
27 Apr 2016 4:28 pm by cfosterk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 549,00

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98 × member ratings

188 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1999

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

  1. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Wow, what a nice first encounter. the nose offers lots of raisins, chinese plumwine, old leather armchair and a subtle, maritime peatiness, almost like a rememberance of sea air. Some oriental spices lurking in the background to add complexity. Very nice. The px is dominant but not overpowering. An almost perfect nose. The palate hits you with black berries, dark chocolate, crushed seasalt, coffee, after eight mints and a very oily mouthfeel. Peated "schwarzwälder kirschtorte" anyone? What a dream of a PX bowmore. Its almost too sweet, but it manages to keep its balance just right. Give me a case of this please.

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good indeed, the choice of a 2nd fill PX sherry is thoughtful to avoid demolishing the peat character of a Bowmore 
    • Nose
      Sweet and subtle smoke, very gentle peat, dark chocolate flavours, adequate PX sherry nose but not overpowered  
    • Taste
      Very minty and fresh, sweet PX sherry, dates and dark berries, espresso
    • Finish
      Again, a lot of mints, medium to long finish, sweet sherry and black coffee

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Personally, I have not had many better bowmores in the glass yet. A consistently successful whisky. The Bowmore character is still good and at the same time the PX barrel is playing its full power.
    • Nose
      What a sherry bomb, directly sweet creamy PX sherry in the nose, grape nut chocolate, with a strong oaky spice, old leather and iodine, slightly peppery, above all lies a discreet wood smoke, raisins, you can almost taste the whisky smelling, is so intense the smell, in the background but also lighter and lighter notes, such as sweet cherries and floral notes
    • Taste
      First comes the dry wood smoke, but then it is directly creamy and sweet, with chocolate and raisins, bittersweet, briefly flowing a flowery violet note through my mouth, but then disappeared again, behind everything is an intense dry woody seasoning, salt comes through .
    • Finish
      The oak becomes smoother over time, the smoke lingers long, nutty, cherry, but rather sour on the finish, lingering and warming

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Sherry Bowmore with a characterful edged component - just add 1-2 drops of water, watered down quickly
    • Nose
      dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, sherry with a slightly dirty touch, medical iodine, black currants
    • Taste
      Extinct campfire, sweet red grits, after a long life dominated bitter chocolate with extremely high cocoa content
    • Finish
      long, peppery in the throat, sherry-sweet - with a bitter ending

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
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    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Helgo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. cfosterk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    666 bottles?

    the devils cask.....

  9. cfosterk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore 17 yo ‘Hand Bottled’ (56.1%, OB, Feis Ile, PX cask matured, 2016)

    Colour: Polished copper

    Nose: Immediately muscular, coastal,
    gingery and tarry with big notes of creosote, old kreel nets and dried
    seaweed. Some freshly ground black pepper, capers in brine, nutmeg and
    eventually something sticky molasses from the sherry. I’m not normally
    the biggest fan of modern Bowmore and sherry together but this seems
    very nicely integrated so far. Some leafy and earthy notes emerge with a
    little time in the glass along with hints of graphite and ink. Gets
    increasingly more spicy as well with more notes of ginger and cumin.
    With water: softer with notes of fresh ginger bread, hot kippers with
    lemon juice and various smoked teas. Ultimately a lovely medley of
    gentle smokiness, resin, leafy sherry and seashore characters.

    Peated sticky toffee pudding (that doesn’t exist but perhaps it
    should...?). Also smoked Dundee Cake (time to stop inventing
    phenol-infused puddings perhaps?) Lots of jams, creosote, tar liqueur,
    camphor, hessian cloth and some dark fruits. Maybe becomes a bit tart
    and tannic after a couple of sips. Lets add some water... more brine
    notes, smoked mussels and syrupy camphor notes. The sherry and the
    distillate remain pretty well integrated with nice notes of warm rye
    bread, black tea and freshly kilned malt. Some more medicinal qualities
    appear with time such as mercurochrome and a lick of iodine.

    Finish: Good length with some solid resinous smokiness, seashore bonfires and peat oils.

    Comments: I often find these big, sticky
    sherry casks and Bowmore can become easily disentangled and a little
    un-balanced. This, however, was a solid one and a good surprise. A
    highly quaffable and very worthy Feis bottling. Coming soon to an
    auction near you no doubt... 89 points.

    Angus McRaild on whiskyfun


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