Bowmore Feis Ile 2016

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Feis Ile Collection
American Virgin Oak & Oloroso Casks
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
sc Scotland
Added on
22 may 2016 8:25 pm by cfosterk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 303.80

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Feis Ile 2016

15 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.24 points.

  1. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Vegetal, artificial vanilla, riverside, peas (yes its weird right?), fresh wood.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Red Fruits (Way more than anything on the nose), oaky vanilla from the VO is there, delicate cinnamon growing quickly, apples, herbs, tobacco. Very weird complexity from the casks. Not sure i would mix the 2 of them again.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Too much on the virgin oak for me, cinnamon is still there for a while but i'm more of a sherry finish lover.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose and mouth are very good!
    the finish rather weak
    • Nose
      dusty grain, muff
      Leather, raisins, nuts
      damp smooth herbs
      floral note, fruity splashes of orange
      soft smoke comes pleasantly through the notes
      sweet slightly spicy smoke - rather elegant
      The Virgin Oak can assert itself very well against the Oloroso influence
      gives a nice symbiosis in the nose
      plus the character of the distillery
      great nose
    • Taste
      soft on the lips, fruity on the tongue
      then the muff comes briefly
      glows in the throat and smokes
      then remains sweet on the palate with a bitter undertone
    • Finish
      the finish can no longer keep up now
      relatively short and constant - bitter notes predominate

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A whisky with two sides - here the solid nose, there the riot brother from the palate. Even if it might have been very chic if the 2016 Feis Ile had been either one or the other (confusing the contrasts of nose and palate) - a very tasty Bowmore, which is clearly shaped by the Oloroso barrels used.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The Oloroso Sherry barrels are immediately noticeable with raisins, leather and tobacco notes. Subtle smoke not playing in the foreground. The nose conveys the cozy warmth of a log fire in a library room with plenty of old books and leather trimmings.
      Over time, the smoke note becomes a little more intense, but so does the fruit notes, which in addition to raisins, dried figs, grapes and blackberries can now be found. Dark chocolate, toffee, wild herbs, tart honey, sugar beet syrup.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Presses hard on the tongue. Creamy. Liquorice and a fresh touch of ornamental flowers. Lavender flowers, bay leaves, coriander. Dry wood and spicy smoke. It has a lot of power and lets it out fully. Nothing more with dignified after-work reading by the fireplace, the tongue is much more rough. Chocolate, toffee, honey. The floral note intensifies.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-length finish with a hint of smoke, sweet, almost fermented grapes, raisins, malt, wood - and the floral note that must have made itself small in the nose behind some leather armchair.

  4. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    2332'90 - how I adore this empty Bomo kerosene lamp!
    Gauze bandage with iodine (especially in aromatics), dry seaweed on rubber tires of a rusty longboat, pencil lead, juicy oysters on a fire (in taste)

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Dominant Virgin Oak - something for American Bourbons fnas, but unfortunately not for me
    • Nose
      Sour caramel, violet soap, prominent alcoholic strength, subtle smoky notes - with water we he more accessible and calls milk chocolate and herbs to light
    • Taste
      Caramel, spicy herbs, milk chocolate and roasted aromas
    • Finish
      sour, spicy, spicy and short

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I loved ! Enthusiasm 5/5 Whisky n ° 1455
    • Nose
      Chocolate malt with a maritime note. Burnt wood. A hyper atypical but tasty combination of marshmallows and solvent (bourbon type). Beautiful vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft, fruity. The peat is forgotten. Not so spicy. Round and mature.
    • Finish
      Very long, fruity (ripe peach), subtly bitter. Peaty aftertaste.

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2016" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 80.  I took no detailed notes as this whisky did not interest me.

  9. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, very tasty ... to rest but not enough. So to 80, 90 ¬ I could go along already ... 55GBP were for Feis Isle a very fair issue price, current secondary market prices should not pay.
    • Nose
      dry, sawdust, caramel, very light smoke, very cozy or closed, -> there must be pure water: wood and caramel are stronger, milk chocolate, a little burned, a little peppery and yes, a mild brandy note
    • Taste
      very sweet, a lot of caramel and chocolate, burned cocoa macaroons, then when you "chew" slowly kräutriger and bitter, herbal liqueur, cough syrup - mjam
    • Finish
      long, warm and tasty, pepper, salt liquorice, herbal bitters

  10. Goethe scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Another underdeveloped Feis Ile 2016 expression. This one is starting very promising on the nose but the palate is too hot. The alcohol is distinctively present.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke. A pleasant mix of oak and oloroso. Fruits, caramel, some spices, rum chocolate.
    • Taste
      Sherry, very dry oak, very spicy, some fruits, pepper, smoke, some herbs.
    • Finish
      Long. Chocolate and oak.

  11. Noface83 scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    In terms of taste, he really enjoyed all the people involved in a tasting, the herbal notes were more reminiscent of mint, but the nose is already scary ...
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Definitely the best PLV of Feis Ile Bottlings. For £ 55 you get (got) a really well made Bowmore.
    • Nose
      It starts fruity with a distinct Sherrynote, light campfire smoke mixed with grated lemon zest, I also find a floral note that reminds me a little of the violets of the older Bowmores, but not intrusive, it is always a fresh undertone, old leather, and also clearly oak, salsify, the two barrel types make an interesting interaction, ok that's definitely the Bowmorefeilchen, even chocolate or Lumumba, after the first sip, the fruit note is really intense and sweet, a bit artificial as chewing gum
    • Taste
      creamy onset, with chocolate, sherry, intense, fruity, dark fruits, sweet, here too a small violet, then again the oak, it is dry and spicy, barely noticeable smoke, the back comes out a little more clearly
    • Finish
      The finish is rather short, fruity sweetness, a little oak, slightly nutty, he quickly invites to the next sip

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Hmm, the nose is honestly getting used to, the rest quite appealing. Comes to me very "Indian", in the direction of the peated Paul John.
    • Nose
      Very much fruit, also rather acidic and then a lot of oak, spice cupboard and later some caramel, vanilla pudding.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, a little fruit, many spices, pepper, caramel and, for the first time, peat.
    • Finish
      Here, the whisky is nice peaty, first some pepper, peat and oak, then later a little caramel and salt to the smoky aromas and the austere oak.

  15. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very idiosyncratic, barely recognizable as Bowmore, is reminiscent of many old Bourbon, who has seen a little (too) much oak, that is: He is extremely barrel-heavy. That does not have to be bad, but it's not really my thing in the case. The sherry casks involved have left no clear mark, their influence can be guessed at most.
    • Nose
      Cognac or brandy on the first nosing, alcohol tickles the nose. Only light smoke, very dry, and the whole in the sawmill. After a while he comes a little more civilized, still with brandy, but now also with the classic Bowmore smoke profile, some burnt caramel and a few dried fruits that try to reach the surface, which they do not succeed. After another, much longer service life, the brandy is gone, a few dark-sweet Sherrynoten in an old Bourbon, it feels so, the alcohol is still pointed by the way. Such a delicate idea of ​​Bowmore can now unfold, some sea air and iodine, for citrus notes it is not enough. Heated, the alcoholic peaks reach an unpleasant level and the brandy returns.
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth slight weaknesses in the alcohol, otherwise spreads a dark caramel syrup with brandy, slowly, viscous and sticky in the mouth, accompanied by a few rather strong roasted and herbal notes before finally casts the oak with tannins and some acid.
    • Finish
      The finish is relatively long, still tough and sweet, before the end remains tanned and ashy with a touch of salt.

  16. FernetBranco scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bowmore ‘Feis Ile 2016’ (54.9%, OB, American Virgin Oak & European Oak Sherry Casks, 1500 bottles)

    Apparently this is matured in virgin oak before being re-racked into fresh sherry. Hmmm...

    Colour: Coppery orange

    Nose: It really is the oak that sings loud
    and clear first. New oak, pencil shavings, a little caraway liqueur,
    some turpentine effect from the alcohol. After a little time some
    creosote and tarry notes emerge morphing quickly into a light ashyness.
    Some glimmers of Bowmore are in there, poking bravely through the clouds
    of new oak. With water: more sea air and little more depth overall. The
    wood shavings are still quite prevalent but there’s also old motor oil
    and tool sheds knocking about in there now which is certainly pleasant.

    Hot, syrupy oak at first with lots of glazed fruits and tar liqueur.
    This is much nicer on immediate delivery than the nose. More fat, pulpy
    fruits and oils but also quite a lot of oak still, there is more
    distillate character but you’re never forgetting it’s really an
    oak-forward whisky. Some nice sweet gristy notes and peat oils emerge on
    second sip with notes of orange marmalade and something slightly
    coastal like sandalwood. With water there is a little more deft green
    fruit but its no fruit-bomb Bowmore. Greengages, various jams, then more
    wood derivatives such as pin resin and tea tree oil. With a bit more
    time it really starts to display some nice notes of wormwood and Green

    Finish: A lot of residual tingling on the
    front of the palate and a nice coastal fade but not overly long.
    Slightly sticky woody notes and something menthol in the background.

    Comments: It has its moments but this sort
    of bottling feels a little like a missed opportunity. Bowmore’s
    distillate is so distinctive it’s kind of frustrating that for a Feis
    bottling they don’t embrace and show off their own best qualities. The
    oak is just a bit too prevalent here and there is a bit of a confusion
    between the virgin oak and the sherry. 79 points.


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