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Bowmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.49/100
votes
118
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Deep & Complex
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L172067
Barcode
5010496004555
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
12 Apr 2017 3:39 pm by watson0209
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 90.10

20 × in wishlist

118 × member ratings

324 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 18-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.49 points

  1. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Never got the Bowmore-bashing to be honest. This is a very enjoyable dram (devoid of lavender?) and full of complexity. Thumbs up!
    • Nose
      Deep and rich! Petroleum, wet paint, modeling clay, forest soil, and burned sugar. Gorgeous – and indeed a complex nose! Morphs into rasp berries, cake dough, and tarry oranges. 
    • Taste
      Velvety arrival. With honey dew and forest berries aplenty. Associations of naphthalene (moth balls) and tar – receding quickly however. Mild bonfire smoke and cured meats. For 18 years this is remarkably un-oaked.
    • Finish
      Medium. At last some tannins, with caramel and coffee.

  2. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Beautiful bowmore, round and complex, no alcohol, like a good, old standard, no disturbing elements, no corners and edges and therefore of course not very exciting. Dark fruits, not really much smoke, figs, but a little more, violet.
    • Taste
      Very round, again no alcohol, here a little more smoke, again sweet, dark dried fruits, a little more percentages would be good.
    • Finish
      Remains nice and sweet and minimally woody on the palate, already medium long.

  3. edmichels scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Nose: Pungent, citrus, fruit, some wood.

    Palate: cholade, fruit, wood. Sweet, some smoke, grapey.

    Finish:marmalade, blossom, bit of peat.

  4. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I really like the "normal" 18y. What did I look forward to here, with "supposedly" higher PX and Oloroso content ... and then? Disappointment! For me he is clearly behind the 18y. I find him "artificial" and "perfumed".
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Heavy sweet fruity, earthy, forest winds, dried berries, especially cranberries, but there is also fruity acidity, sweetened alumina peat and mild dullness of rotting wood. (87 b)
    Taste: Very rich in tongue, surprisingly full for 43% of alcohol. It fits perfectly with the smell. Peat, sweetness, velvety leather, heavy fruity, chocolate. Firm, windy. (89 b)
    Points: 88
    Summary: Good luck, rich whisky, I compared to directly with Bowmore Black Rock and this 18 yo was clearly better.

  10. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

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