Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Golden & Elegant
Stated Age
15 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Casks and Hogsheads
43.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
16 Mar 2017 3:43 pm by sinclair

Average value

€ 57,23

9 × in wishlist

162 × member ratings

448 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.06 points

  1. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Gray, cloudy, completely dull whisky. This is not what I expected from 15-year-old Bomo! Even the old Legend was brighter. And if you compare this grief-tag with the 15-year-old Darkest, in general it becomes sad! ..
    • Nose
      On the first line it is saturated with fruit and malt shades. More deeply you can feel the nuances of old skin, animal farm and sweet smoke. 22 points for the complex nuances of the farmyard.
    • Taste
      The taste is observed parity of sweet and salty sea notes. Pepper and smoked tones are tightly bound together. 20 points for simplicity and balance.
    • Finish
      Medium duration for smoky whisky, a little watery, with a high content of phenols and hot spices, in development - with a dusty bread echo and banal sweetness. 19 points for dullness and ingenuous sweetness.
      The total balance is 20 points.

  2. A0525 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. yantyurin scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Perfect clean Bowmore!

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  7. A0525 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    There’s a 14yo as standard, but travel retailers get a full litre and an extra year.

    N: This is nicely gutsy, a touch bourbon-wood-grain-y & resinous and with sweet brine. It’s possibly even softer on ppm than the No.1.
    T: A little sharp & spirity moving to murky resinous briny peat.
    F: Sustained coppery peaty/briny barley spirit. The barley speaks true. Vegetal dry greenish barley conclusion.
    C: Very fair presentation if somewhat unmoving. Let’s move onto the festival bottling.

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful clean Bowmore, floral, slightly smoky. Tasty, but not outstanding. I do not have to.

  10. MGHOW scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I get the distinct impression that Bowmore is under-performing somehow. You would think a 15 year old peaty Islay whisky would be a sure fire golden ticket, but somehow it just isn't and doesn't live up to expectations.

    There is something just a bit too rummy and sweet on the nose and in the palate which puts me off and combined with the wood becomes a little too industrial in its approach.

    It seems to lack finesse for me, expecting the peat and sherry to do all the talking but they're shouting at each other and you're caught in the middle.

    I preferred the old Bowmore 10 with its coastal seaside flavours to this heavy handed attempt to be an Islay big dog.


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