Bowmore 15-year-old

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

Average value

€ 56,91

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131 × member ratings

358 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.09 points

  1. Deloti scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  2. tim32kb scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  3. 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.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. Belli700 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. gango4 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Partly a bit alcoholic, otherwise okay, but nothing special.
    • Nose
      At the beginning, fresh smoke and a hint of a coniferous forest. After some time sweeter wood tones are added. In between, a cooling alcoholic touch seems.
    • Taste
      Something alcoholic. Slightly maritime, slightly smoke.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke remains, but not too intense, rather, the sweet influence of the barrel comes through again.

  8. Bomshanka scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      That Bowmore specific peaty nose; sweet & sour, iodine, rubber, then the bourbon cask influences with vanilla and some green fruit, grass, slightly cardboardy.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and sour again, peat, seaweed, orange-lemon zest then spicy and bitter herbs
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium: Spices and the bitter herbs continue, drying to lemon infused black tea and ash lingering.

  9. valery77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Iodine, peat, sea freshness, algae, ozone. Dried fruits. Vanilla, sweet water. Flower pollen, spices. Healing herbs. A very slight hint - coffee with milk. 22
    • Taste
      84 84
      The middle-aged man. Moderately sweet, with light acidity. Salt is also present. Spicy, smoky. 21
    • Finish
      84 84
      From medium to long. Light delicate smoke, peat motifs. In the end, there is bitterness, which almost spoils the picture. 21

      Tasty, pleasant, spicy lute, the style and character of the distillery is traced. Balance sheet - 21.

      Total - 85.

  10. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly better than I expected. A few drops of water will help. (Evaluated based on sample.)
    • Nose
      Slightly citrus, caramel, sage, (with water) sweeter, smoked meat, smoked fish.
    • Taste
      Grapefruit pulp, light smoke, earthiness, dried apricot, pear, olives, unripe peach.
    • Finish
      Greenery, tannin, aloe vera, ashes.


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