Bowmore 18 Year Old70cl / 43%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Dark Chocolate
Bowmore 18 Year Old Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best single malt scotch I have tasted. And at a fair price.