Bowmore 15 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bowmore 15 Year Old
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A whisky coming into its prime. This 15-year-old single malt, which spends its final three years in oloroso sherry casks, is elegantly balanced between this sherry influence and the distillery's fruit and peat characteristics – including a siren-like whisper of tropical fruit that will delight fans of older-style Bowmore. Now is the time to try Bowmore 15 Year Old, which reflects the best of the distillery's output from around the new millennium.

Distillery Bottling
15 Year Old
Cask Type
Sherry Finish


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Leaves Leaves
  • Mint Mint
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit Grapefruit
  • Blackberry Blackberry
  • Smoke Smoke

Bowmore 15 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    • Nose:

      A balance of leathery sherry notes and fruity touches. Ripe mangos, wine gums and Gummi Bears sit on one side; 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) sit on the other. More sweetness developed as it sat in the glass, along with hints of 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 tropical touches, blackcurrant, cinnamon sugar and fruity chews developing along with spiced lebkuchen.

    • Finish:

      Dark wood, soft tar, woody spice and green apple.

42 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    11 May

    This is one of those whiskies that I will always have on my shelf. Well done Bowmore!

  • 3
    18 November 2018

    Not a bad malt but can find others I prefer for less money. If someone poured me it I would happily drink it but probably wouldn't buy another bottle myself.

  • 5
    16 October 2018

    It’s one of those signature whiskey that you will instantly fall in love with

  • 5
    7 August 2018

    Great! Dark chocolate, well balanced and smooth. Smile – dark fruits and lovely sweetness. Just wonderful.

  • 5
    19 July 2018


  • 4
    13 July 2018

    This is a very nice little drop of whiskey nice and smooth and at a good price as well

  • 4
    25 June 2018

    Dark and full flavoured, with sherry, fruit and peat its main features. Good and when I got it there was £10 off! A very full flavoured dram!

  • 5
    24 May 2018

    Wonderful whisky. Not over powering Islay characteristics but they are all there. Many layers of flavour, really good stuff.

  • 5
    15 May 2018

    The first sip felt seriously peaty, but thereafter the sweeter hints from the sherry cask came through and give a delicious balance!

  • 5
    15 May 2018

    I knew this was a great whisky. The only worry I had was shipping it across the Atlantic Ocean to USA. Kate did an awesome job on packaging of the bottles.

  • 4
    27 April 2018

    Burnt candy. Blood red. Dark sherry. Honeyed coffee.

  • 5
    24 April 2018

    Wow great taste fruity chocolate smoky The Sherry cask make this delicious it’s a must-have I say it’s a 97 of 100

  • 4
    12 April 2018

    Dark sherry. Burnt candy. Blood red. Honeyed coffee.

  • 5
    28 March 2018

    Smooth, rich, peaty but not too much, fruity, a bit salty, perfect balance and just the right levels of everything. Amazing whisky!

  • 5
    10 January 2018

    When I first tried this I didn’t like it. But the taste stayed with me, haunting my dreams, challenging me to take another sip. So a couple of weeks later, I tried it. Wow! It’s unbelievably complex. I now in love with it! It’s truly astonishing!

  • 4
    30 December 2017

    A fine Malt Whisky - the sweetness of the sherry cask finish providing good balance to the hints of peat and smoke.

  • 4
    18 December 2017

    Loved this. Don't normally go for Islay malt but thought I would give this a go. Don't regret it.

  • 3
    17 February 2017

    Very viscous syrupy slow legs. N- slight smoke, sweet, fruitcake, syrupy, caramel sugars, toffee, candy, suggestive of a PX cask finish P- full bodied, sulphury notes, leathery, off note of dried fruit, burnt raisins and sultanas, plastic F- medium, slightly spice, slightly resinous. Overall - reasonable but not stunning. Not like a Bowmore as smoke is weak and not reflective of 35-40 hrs over peat. Suspect the malt here has spent less time over peat reducing ppm and guaiacols. Conclusion - ok but wouldn't rush out to buy this. F-

  • 5
    23 December 2016

    I`m normally not a single malt drinker. But, this scotch changed my way of thinking. When I go out to dinner if this on the menu, it`s my first choice. It also mixes well. I like it in a " Blood & Sand "

  • 4
    17 November 2016

    I had resigned myself to being someone who would always default to a highland or speyside whiskey rather than something with heavy peat. I tried Bowmore 15 Darkest at a tasting in early 2015 and haven't looked back. The sherry cask finish makes this a perfect bridge from the sweeter flavours a lot of newer scotch enthusiasts enjoy to the heavier Islay malts. I bought a bottle that week and when it was done, I moved on to the Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and so on. If you find you're always opting for the sweeter styles, give this one a try and it may help you open the door to a whole world of great Islay malts.

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