Bowmore 18 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bowmore 18 Year Old
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A popular expression in Bowmore's ongoing range, this replaced the 17 year old, which was phased out a few years ago. Fresh, with notes of salty kippers and coal smoke.
Distillery Bottling
18 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Orange Orange
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Toffee Toffee

Bowmore 18 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy A

    Nose: Light, fragrant smoke – like herbs on fire. Also butterscotch, light menthol, nectarines, brine and ferns.

    Palate: A big floral note up front followed by a prickly middle, with sweet syrup, sugared flowers and an oily mouthfeel.

    Finish: Sweet, with floral notes, lightly tannic wood and a touch of sawdust.

    Comment: This seems to be very much what Bowmore are going for – balanced smoke and wood, with a hint of the floweriness that they are known for.

6 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    12 January

    Fantastic, well balanced and great nose. Bowmore seems to have reached its perfect balance at 18 years. Quality from start to finish. This 18 year along with the Tempest expression have really put Bowmore in good stead. Both this 18 year and the Tempest are great whiskies and Bowmore will do their reputation the world of good by producing more malts to this standard and steering clear of poor efforts like their Small Batch, or the overpriced and underwhelming 12 year and 15 year Darkest expressions.

  • Mikko 24 February 2013

    That smoked apple juice theme again, seems to be trademark of Bowmore. Too toffee sweet for Islay malt and serious unbalance between nose and palate. I think this even worse than 12 yo and 15 yo Darkest. I'll stay with other Islay malts.

  • Anonymous 28 June 2012

    We enjoyed this very much, from a miniature, on our recent visit to Scotland. I thought I had lost my taste for single malts, years ago...this renewed my interest in them. On the same trip, my wife and I also had a 10 year old Laphroaig, also from a 5 cl miniature bottle, which was my old favorite from years ago, and found it far too peaty for our tastes. Miniatures certainly are a nice way to try out scotches.

  • Matt 9 October 2009

    I use the "Legend" to clean my pipe with (horrible stuff, although it was drinkable after breathing for a while). I don't really like the 12, the 15 is fairly good, but the 18 is extremely good! Bowmore just does not seem to hit its stride until about 17.

  • James Saxon 18 January 2009

    Just finished the first half of my little miniature and crivens this is good. I think no other distillery besides Caol Ila balances the flavours of the Islay style so well. Outstanding.

  • R. Goodmansen 6 August 2007

    The best single malt scotch I have tasted. And at a fair price.