Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Glasgow Garden Festival
Stated Age
15 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
White Ceramic Jug
Added on
12 Jul 2009 8:35 pm

Average value

€ 736.01

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63 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.89 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017]  Another find in my sample library from a time when I did neither tasting notes nor scores yet.  So I do this some 20+ years later now...

    Another fine old Bowmore with a great nose and a somewhat weaker palate mostly due to the low abv.  But this bottling (like many other ceramic jugs) is highly affected by oxydation and evaporation so some of the rather weak ratings might come from a "tired jug".  After around 20 minutes in the glass this dram gets more and more unimpressive and looses its great complexity and subtleness - so drink it rather fast...

    PS:  With reference to Serge's tasting note I cannot detect any dryness or austere characteristics.  But as I stated above: every jug develops quite different over the years.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows slow legs and late fat tears. The nose is very subtle and delicate on this typical early seventies Bowmore profile of fruits, significant maritime peat and heather honey. Interestingly, other WB reviewers found this rather unimpressive but I think it has a great complexity and is wonderfully balanced (but of course it does not punch the aromas into your face like so many modern designed drams). I really like it and could sniff this for hours.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is complex and balanced as well but not as impressive as is the nose. It is sweeter (more sugars, less fruits) and peatier than the nose but still very nice. As expected, water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The mouthfeel is smooth and coating with some minor peppery moments that are even welcomed to pep it up (due to the low abv). The finish is of medium length only and adds no new impressions (but no distracting notes either).

  2. macwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Information for determining the approximate amount of content!
    Empty weight of the jug including stopper: 567 grams

  3. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The palate and finish cannot quite keep up with the interesting aromas in the nose.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Citric, tropical, dried fruit. Harmonious, lots of depth, complex and pronounced intensity
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoke, tobacco, citrus, wood. Harmonious, beautiful, but a little thin at medium intensity
    • Finish
      88 88
      Tropical, a bit peppery. Pleasant, comfortable with a medium length.

  4. Benila scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. A0525 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Grassy and vegetables - garden festival matches quite well
    • Nose
      89 89
      Little smoky, cigars, leafy, grassy, green fruits, some vegetables - actually not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, subtle sweetness, yellow and green fruits, peaches, apples, apricots, quinces - pretty OK
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, hints of grapefruits, more cigars

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

     A younger Islay tasting tonight but 10-15 years of age from days gone by, tasted in this order:-  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12324/ardbeg-10-year-old-guaranteed  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38654/lagavulin-12-year-old-pure-islay-malt  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9829/bowmore-15-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/17442/caol-ila-15-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11524/laphroaig-15-year-old     

    The Lagavulin knocked the Ardbeg out cold taste wise     

    This is where I would put them but there is little between the Caol Ila, Lagavulin and laphroaig.   

    1 - Caol Ila    

    2 - Lagavulin   

    3 - Laphroaig   

    4 - Bowmore   

    5 - Ardbeg   

    The caol Ila has the best nose, the Lagavulin just shades things on the palate but overall the Caol Ila wins as the nose is so good. The Laphy is a solid third.   

    The Bowmore had a nice nose but lacked power, the old Ardbeg was found wanting against such stiff competition but still a decent dram.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I think this has suffered a little because of the age old problem of ceramic whisky bottles but stIll a decent dram if a little underpowered, it will be interesting to compare it to the Caol Ila 15 year ceramic OB.

    Nice nose.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Decent, with some nice notes but in parts is let down by a lack of power.
    • Nose
      This has much more fruit on the nose that the old Ardbeg 10 Guaranteed and Lagavulin 12 year White Horse. Plenty of sweet grapefruit, Madeira cake, sponge cake that sort of thing, warm pastries,  icing sugar, hint of peat but not much.

      I like this a little closed but promising.
    • Taste
      There is some peat mixing in with the fruit that was on the nose but lots of bitterness from the wood which unbalances everything. 

      Thankfully it improves after a few  mouthfulls still sweet grapefruit , hint of lemon and cream with a little biscuit.
    • Finish
      Reasonable, approaching medium but gets a little flat towards the end.

  10. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Typical old Bowmore profile with less fruitiness.
    • Nose
      Creamy peat, rich fruitiness, especially banana and grapefruit. Vanilla, salted minerals, medicines and iodine.
    • Taste
      Oily and creamy. Honey, cocoa, salt, pepper, peat, antique leather, grapefruit and earl gray tea.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet, spicy, oaky.


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