Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.75/100
votes
638
Whiskybase ID
WB94218
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
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 110.81

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Whisky reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

47 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.75 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.

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  3. og187 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Blender Glass
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is berry, plum, heavy, sherry, complex, there is no hint of smoke at all, but after standing, smoke appears in the background, after breathing for 8-10 minutes firebrands.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy, watery, dominant, berries, prunes, sherry theme, fruitiness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Oooh yes berry smoke, smoke from a fire with cherries

  4. gordontsang scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    If the Abv above 46 , could be better .
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light puff of smoke gammon , notes of oak , iodine , sea water , rather hidden sherry note .
    • Taste
      84 84
      Briney towards watery , light body due to the 43% low Abv ? Ash , oak , light smokiness and a bit astringent , distinct taste of bandages , Sherry notes perhaps being conquered . Salt tingle , old furnitures or binded book leather .
    • Finish
      83 83
      Light dry finish . Nutty bitter chocolates and bacon .

  5. DavidDW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  6. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. riven1824 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  8. JJKATED scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very tasty, pleasant smoke, old wood, light sweetness, long smoky aftertaste. Great duty free release

  10. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  12. DGV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    22/21/22/22

  13. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  14. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great mix of smoke and the sherry barrel flavors that are well balanced. An absolute showpiece whisky and proof that good age, good taste and a very reasonable price can go hand in hand.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Tobacco, sherry, a bit sour, then changing to sweet. Light smoke, ash, toasted aromas and leather. The alcohol cools the nose. Dust and vanilla later.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet start, cold ash, smoke, vanilla, smoked bacon, cherry. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish with lots of ash, plus malt, smoked bacon, oak and a bit of bitterness. Alcohol a bit aggressive.

  15. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  19. SpringBarley scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  20. 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

  21. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Medium-strong warm smoke, campfire, very slightly musty, herbs, pine needles, honey, apple, orange, lemon, minimally smoked sausage, minimal earth, some melon, some caramel, some grain
    • Taste
      Honey, apricot, apple, lemon, lime, physalis, gooseberry, some wood, some pepper, ash

  22. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  23. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Leessang scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  25. trailandwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    this was batch L9288 SB323241054 - big disappointment comparing to another bottle I tried previously

  26. Bomshanka scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  27. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like it and it's dangerous to drink
    Spirit + Fass Mix fits here for me
    • Nose
      very earthy / nutty, sherry, moist forest floor, chocolate ~ 75%, light leather, tobacco, minimal smoke, light raisins, light oak, light sweetness
      later comes vanilla, caramel (rolo), light asphalt, light rubber, light polish
    • Taste
      full, strong and oily on the palate
      Oak, spicy, slightly sherry, slightly raisin, smoke, coffee (killer roast!), Chocolate ~ 80%
    • Finish
      long
      old oak, sherry, tart, very earthy, chocolate ~ 80%, espresso

  28. DrunkDude scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Apple, peat, rust, fire stove, plums, seaweed, savory. Dried green vegetables. Slightly creamy, dried fruits. 86
    • Taste
      87 87
      Honey sweet with citrus bitter, a lot of burnt cinnamon and dried ginger. Dried plums sour, and lemon, then it transfers to burnt honey oak and peat, thick black chocolate bitterness. 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Black chocolate, herbal honey. 86

  29. DrunkDude scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Apple, peat, rust, fire stove, plums, seaweed, savory. Dried green vegetables. Slightly creamy, dried fruits. 86
    • Taste
      87 87
      Honey sweet with citrus bitter, a lot of burnt cinnamon and dried ginger. Dried plums sour, and lemon, then it transfers to burnt honey oak and peat, thick black chocolate bitterness. 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Black chocolate, herbal honey. 86

  30. 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.

  31. MasterMork scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  32. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  33. peej84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  34. JimJaws scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky has a very great nose and is pleasant to drink - followed by a medium-long finish. The price is sometimes under 70 €.

  35. coldsun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yes, I can agree that this whisky is pleasure mix of pet and sherry. I can agree that it is not simple at all and takes some time and efforts to understand it. But it is not so Bowmore as I expected. I think that classic Bowmore notes are hiddenю It makes this whisky very interesting but a little bit confusing.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Delicate peaty smoke, strong mix of dry and sweet sherry, plum, prunes, black currant jam cake. Light elements of paint, banana and charming hints of Summer grassy dust.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Bold, deep and really variable. Mostly echoes taste but from time to time notes of stewed fruits, fresh apples, caramel or honey appears.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, stable with elements of peaty smoke, prunes and sherry with peppery cut.

  36. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  37. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore peat, with a nice light wine sweetness. Balanced and yes deep and complex. If you like Bowmore this is a well done, but it does seem a bit restrained.

  38. 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.

  39. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    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.

  40. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  41. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  42. 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.

  43. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Just after being poured into the glass, the sherry takes over 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 hallmark. Violet or rose. On the palate, it's a whirlwind of flavors, first red fruit and very tender leather that combines with a racy peat, then honey and candied lemon, something slightly acidic like gooseberry or the blueberry, spices, finally it's the finish, long, the peat rises and bangs on the table, a touch of earth, then the flowers which open out in retro-olfaction, with woody reflections.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/bowmore-18-yp-deep-complex.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

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

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

  46. 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.

  47. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  48. psiiik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. 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.

  50. psiiik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. Muff Potter scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

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