Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
82.92/100
votes
302
Whiskybase ID
WB93830
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Golden & Elegant
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks and Hogsheads
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5010496004548
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
16 mar 2017 3:43 pm by sinclair
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 67.85

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

46 users have left 49 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.92 points.

  1. Jeig scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    1st impression is good but not enjoyable as I initial thought. The nose is much better than taste, and I would say imbalance. The taste and finish is quite rough, not what I would expect from a 15-year-old.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, sweet vanilla, smoky, red fruits
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sharp, smoky, tinge of sweetness, bitterness,
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short-Medium finish, bitter and it ends rather abruptly.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A successful composition from start to finish. No figment of complexity, but very harmonious, drinkable and consistently pleasant. Sometimes this malt even has a refreshing effect due to its sweet and fruity notes. The amount of smoke is almost negligible and only shows up in the finish. Otherwise, the peaty base tone complements the harmonious overall picture very nicely.
    • Nose
      Ripe pineapple, tangerine, upright barley, salted caramel, shortbread with pieces of ginger, almonds and marzipan, milk chocolate, apricot dumplings, solid toasted oak, canned apricots, light aromatic smoke
    • Taste
      Apricot, pineapple, tangerine, fruity and juicy, acacia honey, peaty barley, heather, chalky, lemon peel, toasted oak with lots of vanilla, sea buckthorn syrup
    • Finish
      Clearly medium length, ''Fisherman's Friend'' aniseed, dried pineapple, fine barley, candied ginger, lemon peel, apricots, nectarines, vanilla, salty fudge, peaty finish, some smoke appears like a dying campfire

  4. kanpai79 scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

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

  5. Petitcham scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Distillery's unique characters, oily, plain entry bowmore

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Some smoke, honey, citrus, slightly maritime

    taste
    Sweet, peaty, spicy, oily, vanilla, honey, herbs

    finish
    Medium length, sweet, spicy

  8. KB201 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The 15-year-old matured in fresh bourbon barrels and hogsheads.
    Three new Bowmore bottlings were launched in Travel Retail at the beginning of 2017.
    • Nose
      It smells fresh, fruity, smoky.
    • Taste
      Smoky and salty-sweet with vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish. Oak and smoke.

  9. etwa77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    not much can be said, since the dram does not speak much.. too much unidimensional sweetness and too little everything else.. the salty-smoky interplay allude to greater things.. wouldn’t buy a bottle myself, but i wouldn’t mind being offered one..

  10. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. kikist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For me this whisky is nice value, lot of unusual flavors.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Old fridge, hard candy dust, some caramel, stone dust,
      burned whetstone, melted milk chocolate, some smoke, old magazine
    • Taste
      83 83
      salty caramel, some bitterness, some smoke, tangerine
    • Finish
      82 82
      Chili arrival, Caramel, wormwood, white coffee, latter there is peach

  12. og187 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Coal smoke, bonfire, rubber, vanilla, spice
    • Taste
      84 84
      Salty, smoked, slightly watery
    • Finish
      85 85
      on exhalation smoke, simple but pleasant

  13. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting

    Quite tasty, pretty straight forward, there is a little lack of tension.
    • Nose
      A little sherry, very light smoke, sweet, and again light fruits, heather?
    • Taste
      Sweet, mild on the tongue, light smoke.
      Finish: Short to medium, slightly warming, sweet, oak is added late.

  14. dercaptain scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

  15. aw-home scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Gold & Elegant
    It's golden because of the coloring.
    But elegance is something else.
    That doesn't mean it's a bad whisky.
    He just doesn't keep what the name and age promises.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Peat smoke with polish, anise, citrus, honey, green tea and oak flavors.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Peat smoke with polish, citrus, vanilla, honey, aniseed, salt and oak flavors.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long with peat smoke, citrus, aniseed, vanilla, honey, salt and oak flavors.

  16. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Slightly interesting but still basic everyday smoky scotch
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet fruity jam smoke with some seaweed tones
    • Taste
      86 86
      Simple sweet caramel fruity cold ashy charcoal smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long but blank, ashy charcoal and red fruits

  17. Mich80 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/whisky-galore-part-2-2/

    N: Soft-smoked lavender, thin dirty mechanical/sooty sweet jammy quince jelly,… Any briny ex-bourbon cask resinousness as dropped off from this particular bottle opened many years ago.

    T&F: Really soft and lacking in body with a deep/faint sootiness, spent [one-use BBQ] charcoal,.. more [briny] lavender, and with a deep yet distant mineral vegetal conclusion.

    C: Despite being a tired bottle, the story remains [as it has in recent years since] the same – I’m left wanting for more.

  19. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty balanced and rinkable
    • Nose
      87 87
      Malty, dry hay, little farmy, seabreeze, some iodine, whiffs of smoke, sherry notes, little meaty, ham and bacon, chocolate - not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Little punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, salty, little liquorice, little dried fruits, notes of sherry wood, little nutty, hints of milk chocolate, little toffee, caramel
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm

  22. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  24. WiltChamberlain did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Little sherry influence, but more smoke. Not a well-balanced whisky for me.

  25. praguebar scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  26. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    quite interesting in the aroma composition. However, I find the standard 15 a bit more balanced.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla with caramel, fruity sues, some smoke, oak and herbs
    • Taste
      82 82
      fruity sues with vanilla, smoky and lemon
    • Finish
      83 83
      Citrus, almonds, nutty, slightly sweet

  28. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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.

  29. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  30. peat_smoker scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Perfect clean Bowmore!

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Deloti scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  34. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  35. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/feis-ile-2018-bowmore/

    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.

  36. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Bomshanka scored this whisky 83 points Expert 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.

  40. 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.

  41. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

    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.

  42. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Typical Bowmore nose, with peat and vegetal notes, but it is even more subtle, there is stone, earth and white fruit. Vanilla, mirabelle plum. Iodine and coarse salt come out more strongly, it's very pleasant. It's the scent of a forest after the rain, but a forest very close to the sea. On the palate, caramel blends with peat, we smell bourbon, a hint of lemon, but also juicy pear. . The finish is salty and rather long, quince puree, white fruits in retro-olfaction.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/bowmore-15-yo-golden-elegant.html
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  44. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Light smoke, salty, sweet bourbon, citrus, some nice oak, malty. Nose and taste is really nice, the finish could be longer lasting. But this is still a nice and easy going Malt.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  47. SimpleSample scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Do not skin me now. But it is ok for
    • Nose
      Aromatic smoke, some floral, maritime notes, spicy, light sweet
    • Taste
      light smoke, mild,
    • Finish
      short-medium

  48. maltaholic scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  49. maltaholic scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Class!
    • Nose
      Wonderfully fruity note. I thought he had some sherry, but he was not. It smells fresh, fruity, smoky.
    • Taste
      This continues in the taste. Had typed here on a sherry content. The smoke is aromatic. Otherwise fruity.
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish. Oak and smoke.

  50. Noface83 scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Nose: mild aromatic smoke, lemon sorbet with a pinch of honey and vanilla, slightly maritime (some salt), some tobacco and leather Clean and pleasing without edges you can say. I like this smoke better than some other Islay smoke bomb but the other flavors are too good for me.
    Taste: Surprisingly fresh start for 15 years and 43%. Still warm ash, again a lot of lemon and honey sweetness, now strong vanilla, the finish is dominated by the warm smoke and vanilla, only later in the medium-long finish comes again the salty-maritime character. Despite 15 years almost no oak noticeable (just a touch of bitterness).
    Very pleasing whisky for the crowd. A good Bowmore but hardly challenging the experienced Whsiky connoisseur. The color bothers me the most. Why dye a 15-year-old Whisky from 1st Fill Bourbon barrels to copper color? He would certainly have had a nice pale golden color in nature.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

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