Bowmore No. 1

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
First Fill Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Our No. 1 Malt
Added on
19 Feb 2017 4:30 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 35.32

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114 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore No. 1

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.66 points

  1. 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.

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The NAS successor to the Small Batch - a cheap and neat Bowmore!
    • Nose
      "Bowmore nose": citrus (lime), light (beech-fire) smoke, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla;
    • Taste
      soft velvety onset, citrus freshness, light smoke, vanilla, toffee, caramel, honey nuts, young, not very complex;
    • Finish
      short finish; slightly smoky finish;

  3. drkrylov scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Nutella on brown bread, sea salt and a hint of lemon zest
    • Taste
      75 75
      Vanilla notes are up front and sweet (though earthy vanilla pod does appear after a minute). Plenty of coastal peat smoke
    • Finish
      80 80
      Lingering smokiness

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Peat, cardboard, tangerine, malt and salt. The sweetness mainly comes in the finish.

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
      smoke, peat, (sea) salty
    • Taste
      74 74
      vanilla, smoke, peat
    • Finish
      73 73
      smoke, peat

  7. markkuyper scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. 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.

  9. Cast Olila scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  10. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    If this is the new number 1, then good night! I like Bowmore and I love crisp 1st Fill Bourbon bottlings, this one I was looking forward to after the very successful sherry 9, but forget it. From the bourbon barrel I notice almost nothing, Bowmore I would not have recognized the wreck, the whole thing is more reminiscent of a very diluted mixture of (too) young Laphroaig and Caol Ila ... ashy weed spinach. (And no, that's not due to my daily form - yesterday already tried, same result.)
    • Nose
      Grass green, herbaceous, bitter vegetable, flower cut, a bit of ash, salt ... sweetness (vanilla, caramel or something) I search almost in vain - sometimes I think, two molecules to sniff, but then again gliech disappeared again between the greenery
    • Taste
      See above - greens, bitter, hands after the weeding, ash, tin can, to a gentle caramel note, but totally loses ... somehow oily, but still damn thin in the mouth
    • Finish
      warm, little and short sweetness, medium bitterness and some sharpness


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