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Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.48/100
votes
257
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Deep & Complex
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496004555
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
26 Mar 2017 6:05 pm by El Maltos

Average value

€ 84,04

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.48 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2017]  Several years ago I had my last Bowmore 18-years old and found it rather weakish (83 points).  So it is time for a re-taste and when I found this offer of two bottles for 99 Euro I could not resist.  This review is on batch L172067.

    This is a great batch and my willingness to buy two bottles (of course after a small tasting sip) paid off.  So look out for batch L172067 if you like this profile...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is auburn and the texture shows very late slow legs and tears. The nose is quite winey and it seems to me that they added some wine cask maturations (Bordeaux or the like) to this batch. I like that! Besides this there are the typical sherry aromas (raisins, dark chocolate), toffee (from bourbon casks) and some peat smoke too.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste confirms my guess of several different winey flavours (please keep this recipe, Bowmore!) and it is nicey balanced between the different wines, smoke and wood. And it is layered - a sign of great depth.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor bitter feeling (tannins) that is not unpleasant. The finish is very long, sweet and neither bitter nor drying. But nicely chocolatey and chewable. Water is not needed as it flattens the dram.

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Just after being poured into the glass, sherry is needed and we think of liquor blackberries. After a few minutes, the peat becomes stronger and stronger. It is woody, fruity, slightly medicinal. And also iodine, kelp. A delicately floral hue that is the Bowmore brand. Violet or rose.
    On the palate, it's a whirlwind of flavors, first of all, red fruit and soft leather, combined with a distinctive peat, then honey and candied lemon, something slightly acidic like gooseberry or red currant. the blueberry, spices, finally it's the final, long, the peat goes up and punches on the table, a touch of earth, the bousin, then the flowers that bloom in retro-olfaction, with woody reflections .
    If you have the opportunity to touch a bottle less than 80 euros, do not hesitate.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In a nutshell, this bottling is extremely tasty and tasty! Intensive sherry elements meet peat and sea, an interesting spicy note is the complete time dominant in the foreground. The oily creaminess of this bottling is impressive and although this malt shows many facets I miss the certain something or the certain "buzz" ;-). Still delicious and dangerous!
    • Nose
      The malt in the glass shines bright and clear. On the glass wall sticks an oily and syrupy streaks from the isolated thick drops dissolve which relatively quickly search their way back into the glass. The nose is initially very restrained, slowly dissolving dark berries and creamy dark chocolate. Mild peat flavors mingled with a hint of cold smoke, the peat is more mineral, but is always traversed by fruity sweetness. Velvety vineyard peach and abrasion of orange peel show up, the dark chocolate is noticeably more dominant, here and there the alcohol makes itself felt with a slight tickling in the nose. Echoes of salt and sea breeze reveal the origin of this malts, the fruit flavors become darker and more complex. A touch of dark caramel and a subtle spicy note stimulate the salivation.
    • Taste
      Dark fruits in combination with an interesting spicy note dominate the first sip. A wide variety of flavors flow through the palate, dried raisins, old orange, dark chocolate, echoes of various spices make the taste buds explode. Dark chocolate melts on the tongue, a sip of hot espresso is added before dark and wooden sharpness lays over the tongue. A pinch of salt revives the basic character of the maritime, creamy chocolate and red berries rest in the mouth. Old walnut aroma rises and exudes a slightly bitter aroma, creamy and oily wood elements float under the tongue. A combination of tart and sweet fruit elements, chocolate and spicy wood is accompanied by a slightly oriental spice mixture.
    • Finish
      Creamy and oily rest the now tart aromas on the palate. Subtle sharpness heats more and more on the palate and tongue. A few grains of salt and some crushed pepper provide a certain basic sharpness, cold espresso and bitter dark chocolate for discreetly bitter elements and the dark fruits with their sweetness for the sweeter influences in the aftertaste. Spicy wood tones and dark walnut aroma revive the creaminess and thus round off the harmonious finish. For a long time the savory aromas are warming on the palate, these aromas slowly fade away leaving a creamy mouthfeel. The aforementioned spice note or spice mixture never seems to end.

  4. diamond2000 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Aroma: restrained, sherry components immediately appear: raisins, dried apricots, dates, fortified wine, some oriental sweets, dry grain, light wood smoke, mineral-metallic notes, oiled instruments, ash, sea water. Over time, sweet and sour berries appear, old grandmother's furniture, creaminess as if from a toffee. A slightly closed aroma, but complex and with development.

    Taste: bright, prickly, red pepper, curry, various spices, dark raisins, salt, chalk, spicy wood, burnt berry jam, meat with toppings, tobacco leaf.

    Finish: mineral ash, raisins, astringent peel of berries, ash, herbal bitter, a little pine needles, dark chocolate, pleasantly fading spices, medium length.

    Rating: 89

    Bottom line: an excellent 18 came out, with a dominant sherry barrel, very spicy in taste, you just do not expect such sharpness after such a delicate aroma. In some places you can even forget that this is peat whisky, it looks like something sherry from Highland, only light tones of ash, grill and sea return to Isla.

  5. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Dark and of good texture shows this 18-year-old Bowmore. Unfortunately, the distillery still does not abandon the addition of dye, so that a "designed" optical impression does not count.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The typical maritime touch of a Bowmore is immediately there and betrays its origin paired with the sweetness. The smoke seems a bit stronger here and I think Black Forest ham comes to mind. Caramel sweetness with cloves and cinnamon are to smell, Mediterranean herbs, especially rosemary. Coffee and black chocolate complete the fragrance. I like it!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Medical smoke paired with heather honey. Forget a Bowmore! Then add a peppery note before the salivation begins. Menthol, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, dark chocolate and espresso. It tingles on the palate and the sweetness tries to combine the different flavors. Overall a little nervous for me.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is smoky and sweet with slight bitterness. Unfortunately, it is rather short to medium, which should not be the case with a whisky of this class.

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. tim32kb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very similar to the regular 18-year-old, but there are differences: this one is even more leathery, sweeter and syrupy, thanks to the PX influence, which, sadly, is beginning to swamp the distillate here. It's also sharper than the standard 18, with a little bite in the finish. So both smoother and rougher, if you will. A bit vulgar perhaps, but still a good winter/fireplace/Christmas malt.

  9. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very neat, affordable OA standard. Easygoing, uncomplicated (but also harmless) Daily Dram.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Dry smoke, ashes, black currants, toffee, leather. Phenolic notes. Some gum, musty and oily rags.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Black currants, clearly ash, dry smoke and also white pepper.
      Sweetish, toffee. Middleweight, polished, finely tuned and harmonious-tasty.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The aroma continues. Pretty tasty, but a little rough. Short-medium.

  10. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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