Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Deep & Complex
Stated Age
18 years old
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
26 Mar 2017 6:05 pm by El Maltos

Average value

€ 94.69

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.81 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. 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.

  3. Astrid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Despite 43% vol. Not weak at all. Everything harmonizes.
    • Nose
      89 89
      fine campfire smoke and ash with aromatic, sweet caramel and black smoked ham, behind it dark raisins and plum liqueur, sweet with hazelnuts and deep sherry, malt and dark chocolate, cinnamon and cloves with a little pepper, wood dust, oily and salty with hints of rust and machine oil , Peach and liquid forest honey, ripe oranges and bananas, tar notes, cherries and wild berries, resinous pine needles, vanilla
    • Taste
      91 91
      At the beginning honey, sticky caramel and dry oak wood with ground cloves, malty smoke and a bit of cold ash, full-bodied sherry with prunes and cherries, salty and oily, vanilla, honey and resinous pine needles, some tar and cedar wood, earthy cocoa and leather, orange, smoked ham and balsamic vinegar, tobacco, pepper, espresso, mineral touch and menthol
    • Finish
      91 91
      long and warm, cold ash and black smoked products, PX sherry with raisins and burnt brown rock candy, plum liqueur, vanilla and smoked malt, velvety oak with cinnamon, oily and salty balsamic vinegar, dried apricot, some cranberry and cherry, walnut and honey, pepper, Tar and leather, earthy resin and cocoa powder, a hint of tobacco

  4. Bomshanka scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Typical olorosoed Bowmore. Shows its age well and avoids becoming to heavy and cloying. Im not usually a big fan of this profile, but this bottle comes with a recommendation, if only for the nose which is brilliant in my opinion. Would have benefitted from 46% and an honest colour. Water improves the nose but takes a bit from the palate. Clear grab for under 80€
    • Nose
      90 90
      Damp earth, raisins, rubber boots, kerosene, overripe oranges, bananas. After a while in the glass menthol appears alongside lemon bonbons, then some bacon - smoked obviously, cough syrup, semi dark chocolate.
      With water: milk chocolate and sweet fruit bonbons joins the fray.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and bitter sherry, lemon juice, blood oranges, leather, pinewood, cooked figs and dates, slightly medicinal, paint, typical Bowmore peat profile.
      With water: pretty much the same, maybe a bit more citric and actually a bit less interesting.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dying on lemon juice, bitter peat, cranberryjuice, salt. Medium to medium-long.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    In an attempt to better my impression of recent Bowmore I decided to try this 18YO right after finishing a very disappointing Gold Reef.
    Obviously colored and no doubt chill filtered, can it do the job?
    Appears to be a good value for an 18YO, but in the end you get what you pay for.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The sherry notes are very nice, but if it is a full 18 years sherry maturation they seem kind of soft.
      Then again the wood notes points to good quality casks.
      Sweet dark fruit and berries. Some sour wine, dark and dusty furniture.
      There's peat, well integrated, almost hidden.
    • Taste
      82 82
      It arrives with a rather thin and watery mouthfeel.
      Good chocolate note, coffee, leather, dark fruits.
      Then a significant build up of spice.
      I prefer a dram to arrive at it's most "ferocious" with the taste emerging from the alcohol. This is quite the opposit, starts with lots of rather nice flavors that all to quickly disappears in prickly spice.
    • Finish
      84 84
      When the spice resides there's again notes of sweet black currant, other dark fruits and coffee. The wood gets a little dry. Peat reappears when inhaling.

  6. diamond2000 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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.

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Just after being poured into the glass, the sherry is essential and we think of blackberry liqueur. 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 is a whirlwind of flavors, first of red fruit and very tender leather which combines with a racy peat, then honey and candied lemon, something slightly acidic like redcurrant or blueberries, spices, finally it's the finish, long, the peat rises and hits the table with its fist, a touch of earth, then the flowers which bloom in retro-olfaction, with woody reflections.

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    These new Bowmores are very good, surpringly not thin at 43%. 86/87.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Big sherry. Cranberry, orange peel, milk chocolate, salted minerals, piquant spices and smoke. Touch of camphor.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy. Dried fruits, citruses, spicy oak, smoke and peat.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, cocoa and smoke.

  10. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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


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