Nose: leathery sherry notes, with tarred ropes, burnt sugar, medicinal edges, spiced fruit and burnt raisins (the ones that puff up and go crunchy on the edges of fruit cake). More sweetness developed as it sat in the glass, with jelly babies, coconut and vanilla appearing.
Palate: pungent fruit and peat smoke, with grapefruit, linseed oil, and some floral touches, balanced by black liquorice, green leaves and some menthol. Water brought out more sweetness, with blackcurrant, cinnamon sugar and fruity chews developing along with spiced lebkuchen.
Finish: dark wood, soft tar, woody spice and green apple.
Customer Reviews:(17 reviews)
The perfect Malt in my opinion. The smokeyness of a good Islay Malt, combined with the sweetness from the Sherry cask. Perhaps not to everyone's liking but is exactly what I look for in a good Malt.
- C Bell, 23rd June
One of the best Islay Malts
- M J Young, 23rd June
Delicious, uncomplicated, dark and smokey. As one of my close friends said, "It's like drinking a lounge."
- Chris G., 22nd June
i tried it at the whisky lounge fest in york 26th october.
never liked Bowmore until now. WOW! really smooth and silky, exactly as Dom stated the peat does peep out from behind the sherry.
must have been good, they were sold our when i tried to buy a bottle there and then.
- john oct 27th 2013, 27th Oct '13
Very smooth,like silk.taste of wood and chocolate first,Smokey raisins.after taste very good,clean, little dry,still working on it.
- Brian, 16th Jun '13
"Nose": Coal, lit barbecue briquettes, smoking North Atlantic seaside bonfire. "Palate": Smooth. Combination of Islay peat and sherry flavors. Think a sea surge of peat/smoke meeting crates of chocolate and raisins from a lorry that rolled over into the bay. Lilacs. "Finish": Lime slices in ice water with medicinal notes, sea salt and how can it be? Ginger.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 19th Feb '12
Nose is sherry sweet, fruity with hints of coffee and honey but only the faintest hint of peat. Compared to the Lagavulin distillers this is sweeter and not so peppery. It has a speysider taste about it too unlike other Islays I've tried. The finish is long and rewarding with only a small amount of bitterness creeping in at the end and maybe just a hint of peat. This is quite a good malt and my only gripe is the artificial colour but even the Lagavulins have it added.
- James D., 18th Aug '11
I bought two bottles of Bowmore 15 yr old Darkest on a recent trip to Inveraray Castle. I tried a number of 10 yr, 12 yr and 15 yr samples and this by far was the best. Less of a peaty taste and really does warm the heart and every organ in the body with it's 46% alcohol This is a beautiful and underestimated 15 yr old Single Malt.If you want a good tasting, strong Single Malt Whisky, then make sure you try this!
- Dave B, 2nd Aug '11
2 Favourite whiskies are Mortlach 16 and Laphroaig 18. This one has qualities of both. The transition between sweet then smoky is fantastic. Beautiful coulour and "anonymous 3rd May" I reckon the oily texture is part of the experience, creating a long dry smoky finish.
- Stuart, 24th Jul '11
Weirdly aligned and unbalanced. Strong nose, indelicate smoke and cask and the in the mouth sweet like sucking on a carmel candy. Whilst the contrast between what the nose promises and the mouth flavour delivers is stark, it is not entirely unpleasant. Agree with Dom concerning the finish but found the texture to feel...oily. Not my first choice.
- anonymous, 3rd May '11
Peter,I would love to see this one in 46 -% or more. It can be matter of heaven or hell. The higher alcohol volume between 46 - 56, gives more often the real character to malt and undermine the sweetness. Anyway, thanks for comment.
- Mikko, 13th Dec '10
this one is ... strange. There is too much going on in the nose and glass. Smokey, peaty sweet velvety - it's like at least 2 different malts mixed in one. Not bad but will not buy again
- dasir, 9th Oct '10
I love this whisky; not too sweet for me with enough smoke. My second bottle had some more peat/smoke and less sweetness so I liked it even better than the 1st time around. I do prefer this way above the 12 and also way above the Ardbeg Uigeadail ( sweeter with too grassy peat for me ; I do love however the Corryvreckan a lot! ) What I would like however they released a version at a strenght of 46 or even 48%
- Peter, 3rd Sep '10
This a good malt, but it can't compete with any Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. This is simple too sweet, not very balanced. It should be much more dryer and a bit more smokier. Bowmore 12y is much better to my taste.
- Mikko, 23rd May '10
The 15 is much better than the 12, which I did not like. However there seems to be a hole in the flavor profile, like something is missing. I found that when I mixed it with Clynlesh 14, it made both of the 2 whiskys better. Seriously try it, you get the best of both whisky's without losing anything.
- Matt, 9th Oct '09
the write-up by the whisky exchange somewhat understates this beauty! Smooth and velvety - maybe like a merlot - the smoke peeps out from behind the delicate sherry, the finish is warm and long lasting. I am yet to taste a finer drink.
- Dom, 3rd Apr '09
very tasty,but overpriced
- I J WRIGHT- DEAL, 24th Mar '09
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