Bowmore Vault Edit1°N

Overall rating
84.93/100
votes
458
Whiskybase ID
WB88163
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
First Release
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Atlantic Sea Salt
Bottle code
L162323
Barcode
5010496004418
Added on
20 oct 2016 5:22 pm by NorthCoast500
Colored

Average value

€ 119.99

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore Vault Edit1°N

101 users have left 105 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.93 points.

  1. LakatosKE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    good ol' fashioned bourbon maturation, bringing all the goodness from the barrel which I like
    • Nose
      90 90
      vanilla, minerality, sea breeze, citrus - lime mostly, lemon tart, pineapple, mango, light smoke, water brings a lot of peach (peach ice tea)
    • Taste
      89 89
      peach, light, tropical fruits - pineapple, papaya, cantaloupe, saltiness
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium - tropical fruits with light tannins

  2. sarthur71 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Young, sharp, very salty.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. TimkoT scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Dutchdram scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      A little hint of peat with smoke. Followed by some maritime notes like sea-salt, a grand port and wet sand. Now some sweet notes like vanilla, honey and marzipan. Only a fruity note of apples. At the end notes of licorice amd barley.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Also peat and smoke on the palate. Very dry too. With ashes, seasalt, white pepper and even salmiak. At the end notes of oak and barley.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long. With notes of smoke, sea-salt, ashes and dark chocolate.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great Bowmore without a sherry cask, where the fruity notes really come into their own. Class bottling.
    • Nose
      Very, sweet, vanilla. Lots of fruit, tropical, musty, subtle smoke, the fruit almost explodes. Great Bowmore nose.
    • Taste
      Strong, maritime. Salty, sparkling. Peat, tart oak, and lots of fruit, mango, tropical. Multivitamin candies.
    • Finish
      Tarter, smokier than the rest. Only a hint of fruit, but oak spice, salt, delicious.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me of the 10 y.o. "Tempest", though this is milder, more settled, and a bit fruitier.

    Seems to have caught a lot of flak upon release due to the exaggerated price and lack of an age statement, but in 2022 this is pretty well priced around 70 € and a definite buy for me, since it has that lovely exotic fruitiness that you can typically find in late-90s and early-2000s Bowmore.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Typical musty, dry, and ashy Bowmore smoke, with a faint floral aspect, a bright, fruity side, some creamy first-fill bourbon vanilla, and indeed a big sea-spray saltiness (or maritime quality). Though it doesn't bear an age statement, you don't feel that it contains inappropriately young spirit. Quite the opposite: there is zero alcoholic burn, and the nose appears rather settled and well-matured.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The fruits are there from the get-go: mango, peach and papaya, perhaps. Along with the ex-bourbon influence, you get a rather big honey-and-vanilla-custard sweetness, but it's wrapped up in (and counterbalanced by) tart, ashy, charcoal-like peat smoke. I find this exercise in pure distillery DNA a delight after all these countless sherry-drenched Bowmore OBs.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Tropical fruit, violet candies, runny honey, rosemary, camphor, olive oil, a splash of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Very long.

  7. kofima scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Eigerle scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    With all the hype surrounding this drop, I'm stuck to the ground (top whisky: NO), but I still attest to an interesting variety of aromas and taste experiences. Indeed, the saltiness (as announced by Bowmore) gives this first edition a legitimate typification. I'm quite satisfied!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. malt maniacs scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Toffee, iodine, citrus, green peppers, apricots, citrus, old books, soft coastal smoke, decent, does the job.

  12. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. hzs275 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bowmore is an illustrious distillery on the island of islay. Praised for, especially, the older sherried whiskies. The modern day stuff somehow is not on my radar. But thanks to a range share offered through Het whisky forum, gave me a chance to zoom in todays bottles! It keeps me wondering why they so heavily use artificial coloring. Curious to this ‘vault edition no 1’. Really don’t know what to expect. The thing I do know is that it’s a clean bourbon maturation on higher ABV. But also that it’s rather prices for a NAS.
    • Nose
      Clean bourbon matured indeed. All usual suspects are there with a nice layer of sweet & coastal peat. Middle of the road is the word here. Nothing surprising nor very outstanding. The promised salty character is there.
    • Taste
      A continuation of the nose. It does have a bit more bite to it but it seems to me that is done because this wouldn’t have anything to offer at all. Again some usual bourbon suspects. Nothing really memorable happens.
    • Finish
      Finish is the best part. Thanks to the peat it’s rather long. I suspect some older casks in the mix here but then at the same time I wonder why this only comes out in the final part.

      No this one clearly doesn’t meet up to my expectations. Taking the price into consideration, add up that this is a NAS, I absolutely demand more of a whisky then this one has to offer. Seems to me this is just a typical ‘marketing’ bottle. Praised and filled with lots of expensive jibber jabber and not meeting up the expectations in any way. No buy recommendation from me here.

  16. KB201 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The taste of Bowmore is carried by four basic aromas: sea salt, smoke, fruit and sweetness.
    In the 4-part series Vault, each aroma is now considered individually.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, light smoke, maritime, some oak and citrus, salty caramel.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Tropical-fruity-bitter, grapefruit, lime then chocolate, smoky-peppery chocolate, a touch of salt.
    • Finish
      91 91
      long, pepper, salt, cocoa

  17. Roley scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Will_iam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. MaroFF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another Bowmore item that's great for. I am waiting for the dram "super - great" from this distillery, but the price is high. The cost of the bottle in a good promotion is 60 €.
    A lot is happening. Sweetness, sea breeze and a delicate scent of burnt rubber, which emanates a floral and citrus aroma with sweet coatings.
    Alcohol very well hidden and giving a warmer and more than smoking effect. I like it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      delicate, sweet, fruity, vanilla, sea breeze, a bit chocolatey and ... a sole made of sports shoes
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweetness again, the bitterness of orange, honey, grapefruit, a bit of oak and burned tires
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, slightly tart, warming with burnt plum jam with oakiness at the end.

  20. ThorstenH scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Quite unspectacular. Maybe I've had too many Bowmore by now.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. rich_93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Like the kid in school who never studies, but still does alright because they were born clever. Could do much better with some effort!

    It’s too young, and you can smell it. A bit rough around the edges. Luckily, Bowmore make such a ridiculously tasty spirit that it’s still a very nice experience. Don’t overpay, but if you can find it around 60-70 gbp it’s worth trying for fans of the distillery.

    The nose is prickly, the alcohol isn’t integrated well. Tropical fruits mix with wisps of smoke - that’s why we love Bowmore! The fruit are somewhat sweet but mainly tart - a bit of passion fruit with lots of gooseberry and kiwi. This is the same green tartness that turns to blackcurrants in sherried Bowmores. An almost vegetal or grassy edge to it. Fresh orange. Some fudge, honey and vanilla trying to hold everything together.

    As nose as palate. Dry, twiggy smoke and tart fruits again. Arrival is those fresh fruits, but mixed with beginnings of honey and vanilla, which haven’t been given enough time to develop in cask to tame the sharp top notes. Still delicious though, it’s a great mix of flavours. After the arrival, there’s hot spice, but the finish is all smoke and fruits again. So Bowmore.

    Overall, I’m glad to have tried this. Actually bought another bottle. I love that it let’s you get so close to the beautiful Bowmore spirit. It may be too close for comfort, for example it falls apart pretty quickly with water, that’s why they had to bottle at 50%+.

    A must try for Bowmore fans, for everyone else there’s better bottles waiting for your money.

  22. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This Bowmore Vaults Atlantic Sea Salt edition is a very sweet, fruity and complex NAS expression. I found myself sipping this absent-mindedly without realising that I’ve imbibed 3 drams. It is almost addictive.

    It delivers what it promises with its focus on salinity and is also quite approachable with its clean texture and moderate spice. I particularly love the notes of coconut flakes and salted caramel ice cream.

    This is a good dram on its own but a must-have for anyone who likes an ordinary Bowmore.

    Link to Review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/bowmore-vault-edition-first-release-atlantic-sea-salt-51-5-ob-2016-limited-edition
    • Nose
      In the glass, light gold.

      On the nose, this is initially rather subtle with very soft crisp notes of lemon, honey and kumquat. Feel free to take a bold deep breath to really get at the flavours- there is barely any alcohol burn here. Despite its Islay provenance, the presence of peat is so gentle you might not have noticed it. A minute of swirling and resting teases out more crisp fruity notes of lemon and kumquat with a profile of buttered popcorn, and slightly woody notes of vanilla, coconut flakes and pencil shavings.

      Adding a few drops of water enhances the flavours somewhat, opening up to a wave of coastal notes and smoke.

      There is a little bit of salinity here but it is so understated at the outset.
    • Taste
      On the palate, things really start coming into focus even as the fruity flavours are rather gentle. This whisky is really bigger on its mouthfeel with medium-rich and velvety texture. The moment after the first sip feels like I’m surfing on an Atlantic wave with clear notes of honey and sweet-and-tart kumquat (think of this as a more sour and juicier tangerine) and briny sea spray in the mouth. This develops into substantial vanilla, crème brulee and caramel sweetness, that combined with the brine does feel reminiscent of having salted caramel ice cream from Island Creamery.

      It does feel that the strength of the ABV really provides a more satisfying impact of flavour, with lovely fruitiness and creaminess coming forth.

      A few minutes of airing this draws out more complexity. The very aromatic peat starts growing in intensity and carries a sooty and mild iodine note- reminds me of my visit to the dentist’s office. Oakiness also begins to grow with coconut flakes, a mild cocoa bitterness and cinnamon spice. There is very little overall spiciness from this generally smooth ex-bourbon matured expression.

      Very slight copper note that one might not even notice.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length with some oiliness, lingering brine, aromatic smoke and fading cocoa powder.

  23. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Max70 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    blind tasting (88)
    • Nose
      Aroma oily, peat, iodine, ash, medicine and latex glove, machine oil (22)
    • Taste
      Salted ash, fruit, iodine and cardboard (22)
    • Finish
      Fruity, oily, salt and rubber finish… extinguished candle (22)

  27. thebonewolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      A light smokiness which feels ramped up due to the ethanol hides the rest of the nose at first. Lemon meringue comes in. It takes on a smoky, creamy quality, like a smoky cookie dough.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Salty, slightly medicinal, some smoke.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Much the same, up on the salt. Orange/grapefruit in there a bit. Medium long. Much less salty if held longer in your mouth.

  28. PRV scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    20/21/20/20

  29. CIB914 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      fine smoke, iodine, peaty, lemon, earthiness, English orange jam, salt, blackberry liqueur
    • Taste
      89 89
      Honey, cold smoke, currants, blackberries, orange, salty
    • Finish
      88 88
      long-lasting and warming with dark chocolate and cherry

  30. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. xixit scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A lovely and quite fruity Bowmore. Not exceptional, but I really like it.
    • Nose
      Spicy, peat, fruity. Wood spices interlaced with peat and a bunch of warm red apples. Faint hint of pink grapefruit in the back. Peated cocoa, if that makes sense.
      With time: white sugar, vanilin, and some delicate floral notes appear.
    • Taste
      Peat, spicy, fruity. Initially a wave of peat hits you, then wood and fruits show up. Apples, oranges, some lime. In the end warm peat rolls along.
      With time: salt appears. Drying peat and wood. Slightly bitter fruits in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Warm peat with some Bowmore fruit.

  32. Jolemann scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      First something closed, then seaweed, smoke, iodine. Behind it fruits, liquorice and salty notes
    • Taste
      89 89
      Surprise in the mouth. Sweet, vanilla, caramel. Much harder than you would think from your nose.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The sweetness lasts. Long to medium length and nice and mild

  33. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Lovely malt!
    Correct degree, I'll take some more!

  34. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky, for me a typical Bowmore, with its not too heavy peat and this typical waffle or powder sugar sweetness. Pretty powerful, alcohol quite active. Pleasant dram for sure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Roasted meat, woodfire smoke, far away some diesel notes, asphalt. Fake leather. Later on, the sweetness comes in. First like popcorn, later on like sweet waffles, powder sugar. Pretty some alcohol.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Initially some sal ammoniac, licorice, pretty strong, vegetal, spicy. Pretty full body, then some sweetness, honey, peach, caramel. Some peat and woodfire smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Strong, some licorice, pepper, some peat, a whiff of smoke, Middle long. Later on quite warming.

  35. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is how the normal 12 yo should taste, even if then bottled at a slightly lower 46% abv. Pretty decent Bowmore, some nice bourbon notes, but overpriced for what you get, especially as a NAS version.

  37. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  38. Thoma scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. RoytjeV scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The more I drink it, the better I find it. A delicious, uncomplicated mid-smoky whisky to enjoy at the required price (70 thalers). Certainly not high math, but quite interesting.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Smell the fragrance: The level of the fragrance is very rich. It seems that every time you lift the cup, a new flavor will burst out. It is banana oil. Smoked fish sausage. Fried eggs and butter bread. The aroma of smoked peat is like inside. An invisible thread. But it connects many aromas. Sea salt bacon. Orange jam. Rosemary. White chocolate. Reminds me of breakfast in high-end hotels. And this chef always likes to fry food for a long time. some.

    Tasting: The impact of the ocean. It hits the mouth like a wave. The sea salt brings out a lot of spices. There are black pepper and cumin. It melts in the mouth together. And I don't intend to let any corner.

    Final rhyme: The salty taste seems to stay in the mouth for a longer time. The light peat and chocolate seem to be reluctant to leave. Licking the teeth with your tongue at any time. It seems that you can find some

    Summary: The only wine cellar in the world located below sea level. Because the sea breeze is rich in moisture, the warehouse is cold and humid. The annual angle shear is only 1%. And the oak barrels sleeping here always breathe the breath of the ocean. The bred marine character. It complements the elegant peat aroma of the winery. It is balanced and creative. It is open and cheerful. It is refreshing.

  42. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    - a very tasty (rather unusual) Bowmore
    - strongly reminds me of Irish in taste
    Whiskys (that malty, sweet kind)
    - I wouldn't have had it at Bowmore in a blind tasting
    located and am pleasantly surprised
    - the price for originally around 100 € completely exaggerated, but currently 65-70 € (2020-11) a good price for the quality
    • Nose
      intense sweet character, malty, toffee
    • Taste
      oW: very voluminous powerful start, caramel, honey, sweetness, mint, very subtle smoke;

      mW: Funnily enough, you can taste the alcohol a lot stronger and the aromas are less, so I think it's much better without water
    • Finish
      medium-long aromatic finish;
      long, slightly burning dry aftertaste

  44. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A NAS that came onto the market in 2016 for over € 95.00!
    That's expensive, that's too expensive! But apart from the price, it shows a lot of character, especially in taste, and is also dangerously tasty. At the latest in the finish you will also recognize the salty aromas!
    • Nose
      84 84
      at first it seems a bit closed; but then shows clear vanilla, sweetness, honey, ripe apples, pears; only soft smoke;
    • Taste
      86 86
      full of oily and creamy appearance, citrus fruits to oranges, a little honey, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, (slightly bitter), spice (ginger, pepper); quite complex;
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium-long, sweet finish, little smoke, then clearly salty aromas in the aftertaste;

  45. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  46. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Certainly not the oldest Bowmore, but it offers a straightforward, intensely smoky and greasy experience
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo 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

  48. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  49. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    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.

  50. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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

  51. maltmitch scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Not a super complex bowmore, but an interesting variant with a salty character. Also well suited for beginners in Islay whiskys.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A little reserved. Light smoke, a little salt and a hint of bourbon barrel. Fruity with a slight hint of cardamom
    • Taste
      84 84
      Bourbon barrel wood and vanilla. Less smoke than expected. Heather becomes very present.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry, smoke remains, while the other flavors quickly disappear

  52. Teresa scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  53. Paedi75 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      82 82

  54. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Is very special with the intense salt aromas and flavors. Not a bad malt but nothing for everyday enjoyment.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Smoky, salty, maritime, something sweet with honey and pineapple
    • Taste
      84 84
      Citrus, smoke, fruity, somewhat bitter, very salty, spicy with a little spice.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Smoky, very salty. some spices and maritime notes, medium length.

  55. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  56. Matze1909 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  57. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  58. ThePolyhedric scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    A direct, straight Bowmore with no frills. A almost “dry” nose feeling with vanilla, orange and cacao notes. In the taste the orange dominates the underneath cacao nuances. Fantastically balanced and at the same time filled with power.

  59. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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  60. Saltmark scored this whisky 54 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      50 50
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      53 53

  61. Islaywolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  62. LordIslay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  63. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A little iodine at the very beginning of the nose, but above all we can feel the influence of bourbon, very vanilla, yellow plum, mirabelle plum, a touch of mint and salt. Rather coarse salt from Guérande, with ether, a medicinal touch, and the rising tide. Seaweed, guano, thick sand and waterlogged, we are on the Atlantic. All the same, behind all that, a little greedy side, icing sugar, a little sponge cake. On the palate where vanilla regains its rights, very syrupy, strongly spicy, lemon, cloves, and a finish that is not too strong, very saline, like those crispy patches of salt found on some beaches, quite long in the mouth.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/bowmore-vault-edit-1n-first-release.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  64. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  65. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  66. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  67. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  68. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  69. WhiskyMonster scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Somewhat overpriced for what it delivers. Bowmore's mastery of smoke and sweet is here adjusted for smoke and salt, and is so nearly there, but frustratingly just off the mark
    • Nose
      70 70
      A dry salinity as from a sauna, with a few buttery notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      The smoke stays neatly put to allow the sea spray to wash across the palate nicely, supporting rather than dominating
    • Finish
      60 60
      Shorter than ideal, the potential of buttery embers sadly cut short

  70. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  71. 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

  72. horstpedia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  73. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I am very surprised. In fact, there are also good no-age whiskys. This one is here and he keeps what he promises. Nice salty, at least that's how I feel. The price of 72 € is also acceptable. But will certainly move up soon.

    nose

    First, some "farmy" = damp wood in a stable in winter, after a while, something in the background and it comes out sweet apricot, which soon weakens again. Now comes some lemon and a salty maritime edge. There is virtually no smoke. Now some cake dough as before with nuts and the lemon, now a bit salty, fights again. Everything is nice and easy. Nothing is dominant. Nothing bites or burns. A nice snoop.

    taste

    Very nice oily, slippery - maritime and wonderful vanilla and sweet. Again citrus, with apricot. Minimal smoke is now to be guessed. Only accompanying in the background. A touch of white pepper. Not very complex but "easy drinking".

    leaving

    Delicate notes of wood, still salty - maritime, with some vanilla and cinnamon and a late dry woody note with delicate bitterness.

  74. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  75. Jackson05 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    N: not very expressive at 51%, vanilla and new oak, touch of glue. A tad herbaceous, but cannot pinpoint anything, pineapple juice.

    P: new oak, pineapple, simple syrup, wispy smoke, ginger

    F: fizzy orange, sweet and sour, dry, wispy smoke, lime, ginger powder

    Thoughts: only wispy smoke throughout, it’s one dimensional, and not exciting. It packs only slightly more Flavor at 51%. Obviously quite young. Very uninteresting.

  76. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  77. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  78. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  79. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  80. EJS scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  81. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not the best and most complex Bowmore, in price / value too. 84/85.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citruses, buttery popcorn, salted minerals, pineapple and coconut.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Citruses and tropical fruits. Pepper and ginger. Peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium length, slightly smoky, salty.

  82. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  83. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  84. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  85. ajdedwards scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Salty, sweet pecan is what I get with a gentle backdrop of smoke.  Personally I enjoyed it a lot.

  86. 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.

  87. Doctor B. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  88. Achany scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    yeah ... it is salty, very gently smoky, some peat as well. some yellow fruits, some nice oak, some nice pepper. that is really all true. but I got the 17yo white sands which was all of that and more for around € 55,-. So I normaly don't care if someone wants to sell me a marketing story - but this one is too obvious. Not my style of whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  89. El Maltador scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Amazing iodine tasty. It give it lengths, freshness and its final is still very long. Very promising start of the Vault Series. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  90. 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.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bowmore/bowmore-vaults-edition-atlantic-sea-salt/
    • 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.

  91. 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.

  92. fradin11 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  93. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Definitely a collector's item: not a bad whisky, but the expectations - from the price (> 100 €), the nickname "Atlantic Seasalt" as well as the flowery description on the back label - he can not meet by far. (Then prefer to look for Tempest.)
    • Nose
      "Atlantic Sea Salt" (as promised on the label) I do not really think - a little bit of freshness, but rather in the lemony direction, then it becomes fruity, tropical, pineapple, grapefruit, some coconut, vanilla ... rather dusty than smoky - hot vacuum cleaner bag (water does not change anything), altogether quite peaceful and discreet
    • Taste
      Here you could imagine some salt to pepper, again tropical-fruity-bitter - grapefruit, lime ... then chocolate, dirty-smoky-peppery chocolate
    • Finish
      long, pepper, salt, cocoa

  94. Falnor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A okay bowmore that's very sweet. A vanilla marshmellow version of the tempest line. The tempest are better in roughness/ fruit and excitement. This has to much vanilla and wood spices. 
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  95. StefanE_MaltManiac scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Far too expensive for a NAS Bowmore. Since Bowmore had in recent years in terms of price / performance but more appealing to offer.
    In this regard, I am disappointed.

  96. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Is there a reason to prefer this malt over the more favorable 10-year Tempest? I say no.

  97. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  98. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  99. Numwierum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yes he is a NAS, yes he is personally too expensive for me, but with all the complaining, I like him quite well. He is very close to the Tempest bottlings, but finds it more fruity and a bit more complex.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  100. Hemdl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Difficult. In the nose an absolute disappointment, with all love. Tasty then much more present and really pleasant, but with strong parallels to the "Tempest" Abfüllungen, which in addition to similar alcohol strength after all, carry an age and priced significantly cheaper. So this Bowmore is not really a "must have" for me and more interesting for collectors.
    I prefer to stay with the old "Cask Strength" or just a lot of similar single Casks of various UA.
    • Nose
      Extremely restrained and reserved. It gives the impression that there is an invisible bell over the malt that holds back the aromas - although I let it breathe in the glass for a few minutes. After a little more time in the glass (now almost 30 minutes) now a bit more active. A sweet and fresh note with light alcohol, light peat smoke, some honey. Maritime notes? Salt? Can I perceive so far only very fleeting. The nose is more of a typical (young) malt from the ex-bourbon cask. Not unpleasant, but also no revelation.
    • Taste
      Now much more active than in the nose - fortunately. Starts strong, carried by the pleasantly high 51.5% Vol.Es pushes quite clearly sweet honey and a little vanilla forward, it is sweet. After this "sugar shock" has subsided, it gets bitter. Light oak, some peat smoke and actually - salt. The latter remains on the tongue together with the oak. Here, this bottling collects plus points.
    • Finish
      Stringent continuation. Salt, light oak, from time to time even sweetish flavors flash up. At the end dry peat smoke, which reverberates something. Not unbelievably long, but all in all very pleasant. Comparisons to the "Tempest" fills up.

  101. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  102. 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.

  103. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  104. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Rather disappointing to me. It's obviously young, with ample pepper, vanilla and other sweet associated flavours. The peat is there, but doesn't blow me away. The only positive edge is the saltiness that I find in this whisky.

    The price quality ratio is dramtic however, and what makes it worse is that it's a NAS. It was nice to try one dram, but I won't get a NAS with this quality for this price.

  105. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Yes this
    is a nice Bowmore. Actually a bit better than I expected. A realy nice whisky
    to sip in autumn. I would not recommend this at the retail price, but if you
    have a chance to taste, please do.
    • Nose
      Some distinctive
      earthy peat. But also a big sweetness. A lot of vanilla, honey, brown sugar
      and, yeah, vanilla actually. The combination with the earthy peat gives it a
      sultry feeling. I didn’t notice it at first but in time there is a salty seabreeze
      present in the nose. A well rounded nose with fun combinations.
    • Taste
      More
      sweetness at first, but in the mouth the flavours are ever changing. It starts
      with vanilla, then some peat and earthiness come. This mouth is actually a
      pretty typical Bowmore. Think Tempest. Very nice, but nothing special here.
    • Finish
      A
      different kind of sweetness stays in the finish. More red fruits and caramel.
      Salty caramel actually, which is pretty nice. A little bit of peatsmoke in the
      finish. The finish is full and medium to long lasting.

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