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Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
83.23/100
votes
107
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Golden & Elegant
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5010496004548
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
16 Mar 2017 3:01 pm by sinclair
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 56,61

9 × in wishlist

107 × member ratings

315 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.23 points

  1. MGHOW scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    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.

  2. Belli700 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly better than I expected. A few drops of water will help. (Sample-based.)
    • Nose
      Light citrus, caramel, sage, (with water) sweeter, smoked meat, smoked fish.
    • Taste
      Wood grapefruit, light smoke, earthy, (with water) dried apricot, pear, olives, unripe peach.
    • Finish
      Greens, tannins, aloe vera, ash.

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It's the typical nose of the Bowmore, with peat, bousin and vegetal notes, but it's more subtle yet, there is stone, earth and white fruit, I think of mirabelle. Iodine spring more strongly too, it's very pleasant. It is the scent of a forest after the rain, but a forest close to the sea. On the palate, the caramel mixes with peat, we smell the bourbon, an ounce of lemon, but also the juicy pear , it is refreshing. The finish is salty and rather long, the white fruits stand out.

    We really discover all the richness of Bowmore with this format.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  9. 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

  10. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

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