Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
The perfect cure
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
57.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 nov 2016 1:23 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 98.12

2 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

12 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 1998 SMWS 3.271

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.26 points.

  1. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really lovely Islay malt, quality as always from SMWS. Really a shining example of what Bowmore can be, especially with the fusion of fruit notes and subtle peat.

    Tasted as part of the 2017 BTC
    • Nose
      Wood smoke. Tar. Lemon oils. Herbal funk. Slightly aggressive. Creamy vanilla. Wet stones in the sun. Ozone.
    • Taste
      Light, creamy vanilla. Wood. Tropical fruits. Underlying peat. Tobacco. White grape juice. Salt.
    • Finish
      Long. Grape juice. Tropical fruits. Light wood. Light smoke.

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  3. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    BTC 2017 Sample #17

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Exactly what I look for in a Bowmore, which is subtle Islay peat and a vibrant fruitiness. Lovely!
    • Nose
      Light, fresh and crisp. Lovely sweet fruity notes of peach and apricots, accompanied by sweet cake icing, cookie dough, wet rocks and a crisp smokiness.
    • Taste
      Fruity stuff, with lemon zest, oranges and mango, accompanied by a pinch of salt and a whisper of smoke. A subtle spiciness also, mainly white pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat smoke and tropical fruits. Medium in length.

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very nice signature Bowmore tasted as part of the Blind Tasting Competition 2017.
    • Nose
      Lime, straw, peat and soap.
    • Taste
      Wine gum, peat, straw, grapefruit, pineapple, peach and marshmallow. Something calvados- or cognac-like.
    • Finish
      Wine gum, peat and blood orange.

  6. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Last price: 84,80 GBP (Nov 2016)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Polished brass

    Flavour Profile: Peated

    Sweet and perfumed smoke filled the room like burning
    lavender and smoked candyfloss shortly followed by clean smoked oysters,
    scallops in a cream sauce and cured kippers dripping with melted butter. A real
    treat we thought as our taste buds encountered slow cooked pork with apple
    sauce, smoked Bavarian cheese on juicy portobello mushrooms and sweet and salty
    popcorn. The perfect harmony continued as we arrived at peshwari naan bread,
    blue cheese with walnuts on rye bread and salted toffee. Sea salt and sweet
    lavender once more on the taste with a delightful effervescent tingle to

    Drinking Tip: When seeking the sublime, however be cautious
    if adding water


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