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Bowmore 11-year-old

Overall rating
88.31/100
votes
214
Whiskybase ID
WB96780
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Feis Ile Collection 2017
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
A Marriage of Sherry & Wine Casks
Number of bottles
2000
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Distillery Exclusive
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
28 may 2017 10:50 am by rottendon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 269.00

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214 × member ratings

540 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 11-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.31 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2017]  I had this dram during the Feis at Bowmore disillery and later during a Feis Ile tasting at Bonn.

    This is very quaffable stuff and a nice dram for christmas time - more of such editions please, Bowmore!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is tawny and the texture shows just slow legs and tears. The nose is very winey and reminds me of old Ben Nevis from the sixties/early seventies: It owns this adorable "rum pot" profile with raisins, cinnamon, plums, cherries and many more.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste again is very sweet winey with raisins, the Bowmore trademark currants and some spices (peppers, nutmegs, a hint of salt). Water is not needed as the whole dram gets unpleasantly bitter (like so often with heavily sherried whiskies).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The mouthfeel is warming and a little coating (could be more) but slightly astringent from heavy tannins (wine drinkers know this from Bordeaux barrique wines). The finish is sweet and of medium length and gets a little bitter at the end (tannins, but not too bad).

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a really nice drinking whisky for a great price! The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, no note dominates or slays. Plus, it's enough to keep you busy for a long time without boredom.
    • Nose
      Color is inbetween Tawny and Brown Sherry but tending more to the darker side

      Dark caramel and roasted aromas immediately. Then noble brandy, pickled fruits, plums, cherries a very tender ethereal note, such as black tea mixed with mint tea, honey-sweetened. Far back some leather and freshly cleaned linoleum. Warms lighter, juicier and, above all, more fruity, almonds or marzipan, cocoa, now also some barrel acid. The smoke is mild and well integrated at all times, in general the nose is very harmonious.
    • Taste
      Starts incredibly mild and soft, a lot of dark honey, but not overly sweet, the power comes slowly, viscous, slightly salty, a nice woody note also develops, towards the back it dries increasingly.
    • Finish
      The finish is warming, further drying, and is also quite long on the tongue.

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      dirty-earthy-mineral; Campfire smoke; distinctly black tea; old leather sofa; something; Tobacco; Cherries; Plum jam; Cinammon; dark chocolate; spicy oak
    • Taste
      90 90
      initially a surprisingly soft start, but then quickly gains strength; Sweet; peppery-spicy; vinous-fruity; Raisins; again a bit dirty-earthy-mineral; tart wood notes
    • Finish
      90 90
      long and warm; peppery-spicy; tart fruit notes; dark chocolate; slightly salty; intense bitter-tart oak spice; some leather; old wood

  4. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 88
      B: 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Red wine casks and sherry casks are of good quality and harmonious with each other, and a wide variety of fruits and characters from the distillery are alive and well.

  6. mudshark scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is a great balance of wine/sherry and peat, intoxicating nose and palate, short finish that makes you want another sip.... dang
    • Nose
      91 91
      Clean smoke, sweetness, dark and fruity, raisin
    • Taste
      92 92
      Big entry, bold sherry and wine fruits, light pepper, ashy/earthy peat
    • Finish
      89 89
      Wine and sherry sweet fruits linger, but it’s relatively short. Wine gums

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious malt. You could estimate that a few years older. Of course, sherry and wine are already dominant here and this also dampens the smoke a bit, but that fits well and doesn't look fake.
    • Nose
      Yup. There is a lot of sherry and wine involved. Plum jam. Red fruit jelly. With brittle. Black tea. Roasted notes. A little tobacco. The typical Bowmore smoke looks a little dirtier than usual here.
    • Taste
      For the age and the strength of alcohol pleasant to start with and yet powerful. A mix of sweetness and spice. Burnt wine gum. Little forest floor and wine cellar. Floral wood smoke.
    • Finish
      Rotten wood. Dark chocolate with nuts. Herber fruit tea.

  9. Mr. D. scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A pretty sherry board, Interressant it's the age. It tastes and smells old, but it is so strong that it could also have young and a lot of oak. Great whisky, the smoke is subordinate to the sherry board.
    • Nose
      Very spicy, very complex, sherry, rather dry, very spicy oak, some sulfur, a hint of smoke, fruity, cherry, but also some cooked root vegetables. Exciting. Something sweet with water, but not much different.
    • Taste
      In the mouth then quite strong, pepper, sherry, a lot of wood, a slightly musty fruitiness. With water a bit bitter, the oak is quite dominant, a real board.
    • Finish
      Tart, spicy, sherry, oak, slightly sour bitterness, dark chocolate, some tobacco, long. Gentle with water, wood and beautiful sherry notes, some smoke.

  14. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    great, but by the mix of red wine and sherry unusual nose. In the taste thinner and too much oak tannins
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very intense whisky with very dense aroma spectrum - red fruits, red wine, lighter, floral peat, toffee, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cherries, Earl Gray tea, plum, oak tannins and Christmas spices like cloves, cinnamon and cardamom
    • Taste
      86 86
      many barrique red wine, red fruit, rosés, clear salt note
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, dry, sherry, wine, a lot of oak, salt

  15. Deloti scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  17. namnug scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Light smoke, with floral characters. Also hints of fruits and oak characters
    • Taste
      Smoky and fruity. Smoke dominant
    • Finish
      Lasting smoke. Hint of nut

  18. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant drink at the end of the day.
    • Nose
      A deep walnut smell in a light smoke. Honey sweet. The wine influence seems to take down the sharp edges of the alcohol. After 10 minutes the fruits (cherries and raisins) are taking over the power of the walnuts.
    • Taste
      Very warming and sweet with light oak tannins and spices. (pepper, cinnamon and ginger). Light oily - creamy but not over the top. Everything in good balance.
    • Finish
      Good medium finish, sweet and slightly bitter with a pinch of salt in the end. 

  20. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full and strong. Heavy sweetness. Ripe cherries. Walnuts. The smoke is perfectly integrated. Great nose!
    • Taste
      Bowmore's maritime notes meet sherry sweetness and red wine notes. Very impressive and extremely tasty for me.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet.

  21. kaasklop scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Overall, sweet and oily. The Bordeaux barrels come out only at the end, otherwise dominate the sherry aromas. Tasty and tasty, but not very complex.

  23. Dude1971 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  25. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  26. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. MadScientist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  29. cfosterk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    After 10 minutes in the glass lots of toffee, nuts, mixed fruits inc raisins, currants and some mixed peel. Some woodc spices and damp dunnage aromas. wafts of something salty and maritime. 

    Initially quite sweet on brown sugar caramel and raisins, some leather and then rather drying as peat smoke and wood asserts.

    A big improvement on previous NAS Feis bottlings
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. galg33 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Nose: This is clearly a sweet sort of whisky, and not very surprising if you look at the cask profile : First of all there’s a nice chocolate feeling to it, with some Bon-bons infused with cherry liquor, some golden syrup, sherry, and a lovely smokiness under the fruit, white pepper and maybe a touch of clove, and berry jam.

    Palate: Milk chocolate up front, red and black berry in liquor, some berry jam too, there’s a lovely touch of salt as well, which balances nicely those sweet-ish flavours, we’re on Islay after all, aren’t we? A touch of wood, and pepper, make up for a lovely palate.

    Finish: Blackcurrant Jam , chocolate , cocoa and a certain vinous touch to it (hey, it’s a wine cask matured whisky)

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