- 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
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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
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.
- Beautiful clean Bowmore, floral, slightly smoky. Tasty, but not outstanding. I do not have to.
- 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.
- Partly a bit alcoholic, otherwise okay, but nothing special.
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.
Something alcoholic. Slightly maritime, slightly smoke.
In the finish, the smoke remains, but not too intense, rather, the sweet influence of the barrel comes through again.
That Bowmore specific peaty nose; sweet & sour, iodine, rubber, then the bourbon cask influences with vanilla and some green fruit, grass, slightly cardboardy.
Sweet and sour again, peat, seaweed, orange-lemon zest then spicy and bitter herbs
Short to medium: Spices and the bitter herbs continue, drying to lemon infused black tea and ash lingering.
Iodine, peat, sea freshness, algae, ozone. Dried fruits. Vanilla, sweet water. Flower pollen, spices. Healing herbs. A very slight hint - coffee with milk. 22
The middle-aged man. Moderately sweet, with light acidity. Salt is also present. Spicy, smoky. 21
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.
- Surprisingly better than I expected. A few drops of water will help. (Evaluated based on sample.)
Slightly citrus, caramel, sage, (with water) sweeter, smoked meat, smoked fish.
Grapefruit pulp, light smoke, earthiness, dried apricot, pear, olives, unripe peach.
Greenery, tannin, aloe vera, ashes.