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Bowmore 1997 SMWS 3.270

Overall rating 33 votes 89.55
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Surf ‘n' turf in a camel’s saddle bag
Vintage
09.1997
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3.270
Number of bottles
594
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Jul 2016 2:24 pm by Eneloop2009
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 198,60

40 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

9 Notes

mer1973
Expert Senior mer1973 Review note
23 Jun 2017 8:36 pm
mer1973 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.6
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
88
My Collection My Collection
squaadgras
Connoisseur squaadgras Review note
08 Jun 2017 8:44 pm
squaadgras gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.7
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
89
St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
05 May 2017 10:32 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Obviously sherry matured, rather a dry one. This makes this dram pretty dirty. There is boggy, salty peat, cow stable, anchovies, licorice root, almonds, and old leather. Behind that, there is a hint of burnt sugar, as in caramel. In the back, there just a teeny tiny bit of fruit: dates. 

Taste

Very salty and sweet together, with licorice allsorts, and salmiak. Then, the fruit pops op, with dates, stewed plums, oranges and figs. Then, there is still a decent amount of old leather bags, salted almonds, coffee, and cinnamon.

Finish

Very long, pleasantly sour, and hardly drying. It's again a nice combination of earthy peat and licorice, nuts, and dried fruit.

Comments

Superb.

Cheers! Paul
P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
01 May 2017 2:53 am
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.8
Nose
94
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
88
Dre73
Expert Senior Dre73 Review note
21 Apr 2017 12:25 pm
Dre73 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.1
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
89
Presentation
90
Dre73
Expert Senior Dre73 Tasting note
21 Apr 2017 12:57 pm
Dre73 gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Licht turf, leer, as. Ook zoet, karamel, toffee. Later komt ook een wat ziltige geur opzetten, en ook een zweem van een stallucht (klinkt onaagenamer dan het is) en hooi. Volle geur.

Taste

Salmiak kickje aan het begin, leer, honing, toffee, abrikoos. Volle smaak, later ook weer ietwat ziltig, en nu ook wat tabak.

Finish

Lang. Licht pepertje nu, drogig. Zoet, karamel, honing. Heel licht bittertje, houtinvloeden? Licht rokerig nu ook, wat turf nog.

Comments

Mooie en stevige whisky, met bescheiden turfinvloeden en ook mooie zoete tonen. Geur is al mooi, maar smaak en finish worden steeds iets beter nog. Erg aangenaam.

hfos
Moderator hfos Review note
20 Apr 2017 9:30 pm
hfos gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
85
Presentation
88
Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
19 Apr 2017 9:10 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90
Nose
89
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
90
Price
87
Presentation
89
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Ruud6421
Specialist Ruud6421 Note
09 Jul 2016 7:47 am
Ruud6421 gave this whisky 90 points

SMWS tasting notes:

Well – an odd nose with odd combinations – ash, embers, treacle on leather, smouldering leaves, honey-coated kippers, toffee Pavlova, Fisherman’s Friends and camel saddle bags were all mentioned. Water brought campfire waffles and maple syrup, donuts and surf and turf savouriness to the mix. On the neat palate, we found barbecued prawns and lobster shells, treacle toffee, ginger cake, leather, prunes, cigars, dark rum, sherry and smoke – rich and slightly challenging for some. The reduced palate was still substantial – coke clinkers, sweet tobacco, marmalade, cinder toffee, yeasty rye bread and ‘fish pie on hob-nobs’. Sherry and smoke lovers will lap it up.

Founder/President @ Whisky Club Ypenburg

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