Bowmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Bourbon Barrel + Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Jul 2017 2:42 pm by rottendon

Average value

€ 57.44

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Whisky Reviews for Bowmore 15-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.99 points

  1. Don Cassi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, ostensibly earthy notes of root vegetables, along with dark, dried fruits, dates, woody-spicy, slightly moist tobacco and light smoke. Great fruity-spicy aroma play, I like it very much, but could be smoky.

    Soft, oily and round in the mouth with slightly acidic notes, but mostly fruity and spicy with notes of tobacco.

    In the finish, there is then a decent gush of dark chocolate, which covers the remaining aromas. Behind it a delicate trail of smoke.
    Length: 6/10

    Great, intense, sherry-heavy malt that is relatively tame for Islay. Overall, I like it very much, the color and the slightly low alcohol content only slightly detract from the impression.

    Grade: 2+

  2. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    For the current price of around € 55, you get a very good sherry malt with smoke support. From the nose to the finish, it doesn't fall off. The 43% are pleasant and are completely sufficient for a nice drinking pleasure. In the nose I would have found a similarity to the Benromach 15y. However, in terms of taste, I find the Bowmore stronger on the smoke side and therefore more complex.
    • Nose
      The 15 year old malt shimmers with a dark amber color in the glass. Some tears move slowly, almost oily, down the edge of the glass. Full nose right from the start. Nice combination of a not too strong, slightly ashy smoke together with a typical sherry aroma - dark dried red fruits. After a few minutes, the fruit component changes in the nose to more sour aromas of red juicy apples and also a hint of caramel. Maybe it's due to the smoke, but behind the sweet fruit / caramel mix, you can now also feel some leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Nice start despite "only" 43% alcohol content. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. The smoke becomes more oily and, together with the peat, is much more present than in the nose. Furthermore a very nice combination with the fruit aromas from the sherry maturation and the sweetness of the caramel. The apples from the smell are no longer active in the mouth. The oak begins to show itself with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Smoke is clearly noticeable in the mouth the entire time. The sweetness is now complemented in the finish by a pleasant bitterness of the oak. Dark chocolate and light tobacco notes stay in the mouth for a long time, along with the smoke.

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Value (£50) : 4/10

  4. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior


  5. Kraddell scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Last sample of the Whisky Collection box by 'Drinks By The Dram'. I believe this is my first ever Sherry BA Peated whisky. As I usually like sherry BA, but dislike peat, this should be interesting! This final whisky of the very pleasant box, pours quite a bit darker than most of these. Dark, 'old gold' copper. Scent is surprisingly light on the peated side. More like a whiff of smoke, than a blast of peat. Fairly strong wood presence, notes of vanilla, dry touch (nutty) by the oloroso are mildly present. In the mouth, immediately the density takes a lot of attention. The first aroma's are very strong, rough wood (positive!) . Drying from the sherry. very full flavored. Peat isn't nearly as strong as I thought it'd be. Tad sweet. Awesome. Never expected this to be in the better half of the box, let alone to be amongst my favorites of the set !

  6. chrisyeo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Tasted Sample 30ml from Wholly Spirits in April 2021

    Nose - smokey , light medicinal , some floral sweetness which may come from the sherry
    Taste - sweet first , with light medical peat following
    Finish - smokey comes back gently , lingering around your mouth , short to medium finish for me
    • Nose
      Nose - smokey , light medicinal , some floral sweetness which may come from the sherry
    • Taste
      Taste - sweet first , with light medical peat following
    • Finish
      Finish - smokey comes back gently , lingering around your mouth , short to medium finish for me

  7. Malty1797 scored this whisky 40 points Member Senior

    Apparently i don't like whisky from Bowmore, this one was borderline undrinkable for me.
    Luckily i was able to give this 80% full bottle to a friend.
    • Nose
      40 40
      sweet sherry, dark, phenolic smoke and iodine
    • Taste
      41 41
      first sweet, then smoke
    • Finish
      40 40
      as soon as i swallow, an ashtray comes back up into my mouth... pretty disgusting

  8. dapoinbua scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    april 2021
    unfortunately i did not manage to get my hands on some older independet bowmores and had only tasted the standard range, to which this dram also belongs. for me these standard bowmores always taste like cardboard. they are not that bad, but do not excite me either.

    for the money you spend on this bottle you can get much better stuff i guess. still, very drinkable. i would not say that i am disappointed, but maybe a bit bored by it? i guess if the plan of the evening is to get drunk while having an ok dram this is fine for me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      bowmore cardbox peat, more cardbox. some herbal notes in the back. some sherries come through.
    • Taste
      80 80
      nutty sherrines, more cardbox. big lack of deepness can be discovered here.
    • Finish
      80 80
      ashy finish with peanuts and some wet wood. meh...

  9. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Slightly closed after the first opening, pleasant notes of sherry behind the gentle smoke and gentle oak spice, raisins, dark berries, marzipan, bread, butter, very noticeable sherry when opened the second time, very fruity nose
    • Taste
      86 86
      dark caramel, dark fruits, oak spice, light sherry, slightly smoky, slightly earthy, nutty
    • Finish
      87 87
      spicy with light dark chocolate

  10. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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


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