Bowmore Vault Edit 1°N

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
First Release
Ex-Bourbon Casks
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2016 5:22 pm by NorthCoast500

Average value

€ 107.00

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282 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore Vault Edit 1°N

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.80 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Yup, this is the big ‘well behaved’ brother of the No 1, but so it comes with a price: around 110 EUR. Having said that, it does deliver what it promises: Atlantic Sea Salt.
    • Nose
      The nose, which stars a bit closed, offers vanilla, lemon and mandarin. A hint of nuts and apricots makes it appreciatively sweet, while there is also a mild salty edge. The smoke is very discrete. This smells a bit like the mature brother of the No 1, albeit a lot softer.
    • Taste
      The body is good, nicely oily and immediately it tastes quite coastal. Brackish to a fault, but sweet at the same time. Loads of citrus, a bunch of apricots making it mildly tropical. There is some mint there as well, as is some ginger and a soft peppery note. In that sense, it again reminds me of the No 1, although that one seems a lot younger and sharper. The high ABV of this Vaults Edition (or should I write Edi1ion?) makes this one a lot more interesting. The smoke, however, remains in the background.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long on more of the same.

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    for me one of the most underrated whiskys ever! For a NAS, this bottling offers a lot!

  3. Macheye scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    On the positive side, this Bowmore Vaults Edition does indeed focus on the salinity that it promises. Beyond that, I’m struggling a bit to recommend it further. It’s easy-going and won’t challenge the senses too much, but at the same time is that really what the consumer should expect from a bottle a shy under £100? – probably not to my mind.

    • Nose
      Initially extremely shy. Buttered popcorn, coconut and a vague nuttiness sit alongside light yellow fruits (undefinable), damp clothes and a heavy pang of copper. There is certainly some salinity here but it to is understated at the outset. Peat is barely present on first nosing, though resting does improve things later. A few minutes resting in a glass clarifies the fruits in to pineapple and gooseberry, and likewise ups the smoke levels to a point that you’re now not wondering where the hell they got to in the first place. No major problems, but at the same time there’s not a lot going on here.
    • Taste
      Reasonable mouthfeel, but arguably a touch lacking for the inherent ABV. Now salt is leading the story and nicely too, with a real undercurrent of tingly salinity. Briny brackish water, mild iodine and light soot start to reaffirm that we’re drinking a peated whisky, but it’s still all largely keep on the down-low. There’s certainly a thrust of vanilla from the American oak casks, but the copper flavour is present again and starts making me wonder what portion of this bottling is from pretty young casks.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, fairly astringent and with a chalky feeling in the mouth. Salt is the name of the game here too, it’s well rounded and perceptible.

  4. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice Bowmore, well composed with light fruity and gently smoky nose. Palate seems to be a bit unbalanced but still leaves very good impression. Salt can be felt through all tasting stages so the expression’s name reflects its nature. Really overpriced at the beginning, now (end of 2018) can be purchased for more or less reasonable 70-80 euros.
    • Nose
      Gently smoky, vanilla, hint of coconut, mineral notes, green pear. Water opens up grassy and white flowers (bird cherry?) notes
    • Taste
      Medium-sweet, iodine, a bit spicy, industrial motives, salty, burned caramel
    • Finish
      Medium-long, a bit smoky, sweet and salty, maritime feeling

  5. Helgo scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    That's just not enough for a 100 € whisky and the previous marketing. Way too shallow and thin. That's better for Bowmore.
    • Nose
      Somehow pretty thin. Overall, little flavors. Something tropical and fruity is there. Maybe coconut and pineapple. I get only very little smoke, more tobacco and no salt, as advertised in the outer packaging.
    • Taste
      Fruity sweet with minimal smoke and some vanilla. That was it already.
    • Finish
      Medium long, narrow oak some bitterness at the end.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a little unbalanced. The nose is very restrained, the taste can then score again, although this is not quite the direction I would have expected at a Bowmore.
    • Nose
      For the nose he does not give much at the beginning. There are fruit notes to find (apples, pears) and some honey. Peat smoke blows only as a breath through the glass. Overall, it makes a fresh and youthful impression in the nose, the much-spoken salty sea breeze is only slightly noticeable.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, mature apples and a fine tart cocoa note spread at the beginning. Milk coffee and milk chocolate complete the picture. Very mild peat smoke. Salt settles on the tongue, but is softened by the honey and vanilla. With time come bitter herbal notes.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dry, with oak, cocoa and tart herbs.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    Not as coastal as expected and not much sea salt
    • Nose
      84 84
      Hints of rubber, engine oil, iodine, salt, little nutty, little citric, wet hay, dierty, little farmy, little fruity, whiffs of peat and smoke
    • Taste
      80 80
      Oily, subtle sweetness, little fruitiness, littl ecitric, little peaty, green tea, hints of tar, cooked vegetables
    • Finish
      76 76
      Medium long, warm, little herbal, a tad bitter

  8. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful fruity very finely smoky whisky. Definitely one of the TOP two best Bowmore Whisky ever, I had the opportunity to drink from this producer. Over time, it opens incredibly and in its aroma you can smell small wild berries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries.

  10. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Room temperature when drinking: 24℃

    Look at Eyes: golden smell Nose: The beginning is a faint fruity smell, followed by salty cheese, cheese powder, milk slices, and a little alcohol stimulation. Then there is a little clove and herbs spices, the end is obvious barbecue flavor, smoked white sausage, dried kelp, and a little cheese yogurt. Complexity is ok.
    Taste Palate: montmorillonite powder, lemon juice, milky potion, orange peel, licorice slices, woody notes, vanilla pods, almond madeleine, hay, a little stimulating.
    Finish: Long, diluted milk, xylitol, tannin, light tobacco body: Medium, moderate oiliness, obvious tannin

    Nose: 85.5/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 84/100
    Overall: 85/100


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