Bowmore 1985
21 Year Old

70cl / 59%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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A Bowmore of strange beauty. Medium-bodied, with fresh peat and smoky cereal notes. See our tasting notes for more details.
Speciality Drinks Ltd
Single Malts of Scotland
21 Year Old
Bottling Date
2nd March 2007
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Bowmore 1985 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Dr Whisky

    Grainy and outdoorsy, organic. Horse stables. High abv is gentle, comes off as bakery sweetness, vanilla cakes. Smoked ham, Mr. Clean, and apple juice.

    Ashes, soot, dry manure in a damp horse paddock. More pork, pancetta, and chewing the leather straps of new baseball glove. An odd chocolate mint kind of flavour comes out after some time and the finish is chewy, sweet, smoky, and oaky. Does not go quietly into the night.


    Blind, one would be hard pressed to guess the age and the odd mix of flavours would have even the keenest nose struggling to pinpoint the source distillery. But it works, and takes water well. Water exposes smoke, burnt bits of pastry, and wet hay. A charming oddy.

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  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Nose:  Cereal and wet hay at first. Trademark Bowmore medicinal notes. Then oatmeal, cold porridge, crispy bacon - this is making me hungry!

    Palate:  Medium-bodied. Lively, with toasted cereal notes.  Savoury, with the cereal flavours and the peat carrying each other along.  A compensating honey note as it develops.

    Finish:  Medicinal and sooty - the bacon note is here now and I rather like it. 

    Comment:  An unusual, but strangely loveable dram.  Some flavours that one wouldn't expect, but nonetheless it somehow all hangs together very well.  Tastes younger than its years, too.  This is very interesting stuff.

    TF 24/07/07

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