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.

28 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    10 January

    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.

  • 4
    10 July 2016

    Sweet,delicate,smoke,maple syrup - very well balanced

  • 5
    23 September 2015

    The finest Whisky I have Ever tasted. My NO.1 always now. I have many favourites, but none can touch this one. :-)

  • 5
    25 April 2015


  • 4
    7 March 2015

    The contrast between marine notes, peat and plum pudding was really enjoyable. A treat for lovers of peat with a blanket of cask acquired fruitiness. An altogether amazing hybrid.

  • 5
    5 March 2015

    Well, you can?t go wrong with an Islay malt. Perfect smokiness, oily texture, hint of toffee and saltiness. Fantastic malt, well it is Bowmore

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    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.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    One of the best Islay Malts

  • 4
    22 June 2014

    Delicious, uncomplicated, dark and smokey. As one of my close friends said, "It's like drinking a lounge."

  • john oct 27th 2013 27 October 2013

    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.

  • Brian 16 June 2013

    Very smooth,like silk.taste of wood and chocolate first,Smokey raisins.after taste very good,clean, little dry,still working on it.

  • Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews 19 February 2012

    "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.

  • James D. 18 August 2011

    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.

  • Dave B 2 August 2011

    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!

  • Stuart 24 July 2011

    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.

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