Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
19 years old
Refill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 May 2017 8:03 pm by Eneloop2009
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 229.77

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29 × member ratings

59 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 1997 AD

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.27 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Big fruity clotted cream, some nice sooty oils, tobacco/leather,.. Plenty here.
    T: Fruity at first then, boom! - the abv-fuelled peat is unleashed! Water brings to the fore, the cereal grain and less so the fruitiness. Dry smoke into the finish.
    F: Dry smoke with a nutty huskiness.
    C: And still the Independents’ have the lead on Bowmore. Weird that.Scores a B

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    We know Adelphi not only as the independent bottler, but also as the people behind the Ardnamurchan Distillery. As bottlers, they have almost every distillery on the market, always in single cask, without chill filtration or coloring. This is a Bowmore from 1997 that slept for almost two decades on a refill sherry cask. I’m looking forward to this one. Look at that color!

    It reminds me quite a bit of that 13 years old from Commitment to Malt that I recently tried. But this is rounder, more relaxed and shows dark and sweet fruit, maritime notes and some tobacco leaves and freshly polished leather. Butterscotch! This is complex.

    It does not burn, despite the high ABV. Sturdy, sure, but not impossible. Again very fruity – in that sense it’s quite different from the aforementioned bottling – with nice peat smoke. Here, the fruit dominates, which is quite pleasant. Apricots, mango, but also simply oloroso sherry and brown sugar. A little saltiness, but it does not stand a chance against the truckload of sweetness.

    Ah… that finish, look at that. This puts a smile on my face. Long, warm, dark and sweet with a little bitterness and salty note. Very complete dram if you ask me.

    Grand Bowmore that does not disappoint. Au contraire. But it is not cheap. To be found for around 215 EUR. Thanks, Marcel.

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Was hesitant to get this bottle at first due to my experience with recent bottlings of Bowmore. Eventually decided to buy it. Inoffensive bottling. First impressions make this drinkable, though trying hard to separate my olfactory memory from other, more impressive Bowmore I have had. Still better than the current OB
    • Nose
      86 86
      Leather, chocolate, salt, distant bonfire smoke, tobacco
    • Taste
      85 85
      Red fruits, lightly smoked ham, ash, damp earthiness, milk chocolate, nutty
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoked ham, iodine, chocolate, walnut, earthy


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