Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
First Fill Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Our No. 1 Malt
Added on
19 Feb 2017 4:27 pm by maltaholic

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€ 34.01

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore No. 1

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.64 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Open, watery, with the aroma of burnt grass, caramel and black bread, the taste is empty, slightly sour, with the nuances of caramel, haze and leather goods, the finish is short, slightly tart, pepper-smoked.
    A sort of 12-year-old Boomor at the minimum, although due to his youth and naivety it is drunk very well, although it is exhausted instantly. For his money, he is not very bad, although inferior to the regular season.

    RATING: 81pts - [n20, t21, f20, b20] → | 80-82: Ordinary |

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur


    N: A musty/sweaty suet-y/barley maltiness [mildly oily/peaty & bone dry], with dried violets & orange slices, dried tamarind, sage & onion stuffing and savoury creamy vanilla sponge. Admittedly it reads well, though overall it’s a little innocuous.
    T: Starts with strange soft meaty < < plastics, some fizz and then some kind of a development [if you can call it that], around a smoky/oily murkiness which almost grinds to a halt albeit for some smokey dry citrus on the turn.
    F: A mildly smoked barley finish with a hollow conclusion.
    C: As expected.

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    This really is a twin of the Small Batch, albeit somewhat cheaper. Around 35 EUR. A nice entry for people who are not yet familiar with Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet and fresh on vanilla, apples, grapes, lime (including zest) and lots of sea salt. A classic Bowmore if you ask me. The smoke is in the background, making it fresh and accessible. In that sense, it really reminds me of the Small Batch from a few years ago.
    • Taste
      I would not have minded a little bit more body. On the palate too, it is very fruity and sweet, while the peat is a lot more outspoken. It even flirts with tropical notes, which I quite like. Loads of vanilla too. Yes, again, I am reminded of the Small Batch.
    • Finish
      The finish is not very long, but with a lovely smokiness and a touch of mint. Vanilla and citrus remains present throughout.

  5. hafssol scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Chill filtering and added colour (why???) are for sure starting points of weakness for this entry level NAS from Bowmore. Anyway, the overall feeling is still quite good, despite some obvious edges from the young age.
    It turns out very easy to drink, with its 40% and a prominent vanilla palate, given by the bourbon casks, matching the distillery typical smoky notes, turning out in a fresh zesty finish.
    It's been my "easy" choice of a peaty malt for hot summer evenings and worked fine for that: nothing unforgettable, but nothing to regret for either. Apart from that context it's not recommended, unless for beginners, yet even this time I can't complain with Bowmore, also considering the very cheap price.

  6. DulischM scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant beginning turns into a very strong peat smoke at the end.
    • Nose
      I add peat, but very soon afterwards green fruits, especially apples, followed by a little rum-like sugar.
    • Taste
      The whisky feels simple and watery in the mouth, but also spicy and a little bit sweet; the whole thing is covered with a permanent smokiness.
    • Finish
      The sharp finish is characterized by strong peat smoke.

  7. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A flat, primitive “smoke box”, but with a rather interesting aroma.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoky, with a bright fruity component, a citrus note and a malt tint. In just 5 minutes, the aroma begins to change dramtically: the obsessive tones of dry bread and cardboard come to the fore, spices and a pleasant shade of the farmyard appear. Overall good enough!
    • Taste
      Simple, watery, sweet-smoked, pepper, with hints of rye bread, iodine and salt.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste repeats the taste palette of shades, only at the end is still added oak bitterness.

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Found this to be very uninspired and relatively flat for my tastes unfortunately.
    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      69 69

  9. Tim1986 scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    citrus, light smoke, caramel, cinnamon, rubber;
    watery consistency, soft onset, citrus freshness, light smoke, caramel, honey nuts, not very complex;
    short finish; slightly smoky finish;

  10. ldcsh scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior


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