Bowmore 15 Years Darkest

The Bowmore Darkest is a vat of the darkest casks the Blenders can find in the warehouses of Bowmore. Most of the whisky experts look at the age of the whisky. The darkest is a very good example that a whisky with a normal age and a very prominent cask selection can be premium, too.

The Bowmore Darkest is a vat of the darkest casks the Blenders can find in the warehouses of Bowmore. Most of the whisky experts look at the age of the whisky. The darkest is a very good example that a whisky with a normal age and a very prominent cask selection can be premium, too.

Details about this bottle Edit
6814
Bowmore
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
15 Years
43%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Bourbon
Sherry - Oloroso
Chill filtration - WithArtifical colouring - With
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 19 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Chocolate:
Raisin:
Herb:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Spices:
Plum:
Vanilla:
Oak:
Maritime Notes:
Bonfire Smoke:
Seaweed:
Zitrus:
Orange:
Caramel:
Berries:
Leather:
Malt:
Apple:
Cinnamon:
Coffee:
Date:
Grape:
Honey:
Nuts:
Salt:
Herbs:
Alcohol:
Blackberry:
Clove:
Floral:
Medicinal Smoke:
Nutmeg:
Pepper:
Almonds:
Anise:
Banana:
Cake:
Cherry:
Fig:
Grapefruit:
Green Apple:
Hay:
Iodine:
Pear:
Pineapple:
Strawberry:
Tobacco:
Tropical Fruit:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Spices:
Oak:
Chocolate:
Herb:
Dark Chocolate:
Nuts:
Caramel:
Oil:
Raisin:
Malt:
Coffee:
Berries:
Blackberry:
Clove:
Dried Fruit:
Pepper:
Vanilla:
Alcohol:
Chili:
Cinnamon:
Plum:
Maritime Notes:
Honey:
Herbs:
Cherry:
Grape:
Hazelnut:
Heather:
Leather:
Orange:
Salt:
Seaweed:
Tobacco:
Zitrus:
Almonds:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cake:
Ginger:
Ham:
Mint:
Peach:
Pear:
Tropical Fruit:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Sherry:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Fruit:
Dark Chocolate:
Maritime Notes:
Nuts:
Oil:
Salt:
Bonfire Smoke:
Coffee:
Seaweed:
Alcohol:
Cherry:
Dried Fruit:
Chili:
Pepper:
Herbs:
Anise:
Barley:
Blackberry:
Cinnamon:
Grass:
Ham:
Heather:
Honey:
Iodine:
Leather:
Medicinal Smoke:
Orange:
Plum:
Raisin:
Tobacco:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:

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4.2 Rate
400
Tasting Notes 19

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04. May 2015
Nosing:
Raisins, smoke, oakiness
Taste:
Smoke, cedar wood, sweet syrup, spicy, sherry, dark fruits, plums
Finish:
Medium
Comment:
This Bowmore was created only from the darkest casks. The statement behind this bottle is, not the age of the whisky is important, only the cask in which it has matured.
Nosing:
delicious dark chocolate, sun-dried fruits and a tell-tale wisp of Islay smoke.
Taste:
wonderful cedar wood and rich treacle toffee
Finish:
the robust and complex finish with a hint of sherry tannin
Comment:
09. Mar 2016
Nosing:

Taste: SherryPeat SmokeAlmondsHazelnut

Finish:

Comment:
27. Jan 2019
25. Feb 2019
Nosing: SherryFruitSweetPeat SmokeIodineOrangeMaritime NotesChocolateHerbDried FruitVanilla bookshelves

Taste: Peat SmokeSherryRaisinSweetSpicesDried FruitPearHerbVanillaMaritime NotesOak

Finish: NutsPeat SmokeSpicesSaltDark Chocolate

Comment:
Nosing: Peat SmokeTropical FruitChocolateNutmeg

Taste: Peat SmokeSherryTropical FruitClove

Finish: Peat SmokeCoffee

Comment: a good nose but underwhelming taste in my opinion. I am not used to smokiness so it misleads by nosing and taste.
16. Nov 2017
Nosing:
Green ApplePineapplePeat SmokeLeatherAlcoholSherry
Taste:
PeachMintSpicesSweetChocolateOrangeSherry
Finish:
long Sweet
Comment:
88/100
Nosing: SherryPeat SmokeGrapeFloralPearBananaChocolate

Taste: CinnamonCloveOakPeat Smoke

Finish: long Peat SmokeHamCinnamon

Comment: I'm more appreciative of it after having visited many more peatier/smokier drams. I feel I'm better able to taste more subtle flavours. Can see this being a daily dram if feeling for something with a bit of smoke but still lots of sweetness and spice
Davisscholar
20. Sep 2015
It has been a long time since I last tasted these "old" releases of Bowmore, but they still deliver.

The "Darkest" showcases why Suntory bought Bowmore - in a blind tasting, a bottling of Yamazaki or Hibiki would live up quite favorably, which is to say that this particular Bowmore is almost Japanese in style.

Big sherry nose of a quality quite rare to find in Scotland these days. Dark, sweet caramel fruit and leathery, slightly acetic cask aromas without the sulfury defects often found nowadays - likely a "wet" cask being filled with the newmake spirit. The smoke is quite subtle on the nose at first, much more resembling charcoal than peat "reek". Interestingly, no "sea" aromas.

On the palate, the smoke asserts itself after an initial blast of caramel sweetness and persists into the medium, rich finish. Alcohol is balanced, a structuring element rather than contributing any harshness.

Excellent quality, even though one gets a sense that the addition of caramel may be limiting.
milkbonez
01. May 2020
Nosing: Peat SmokeSherryDried Fruit

Taste: Berries more cranberry...like cranberry wrapped in a tobacco leaf. tart and smoky. Sherry notes and smoke wrapped together.

Finish: SherryPeat Smoke

Comment: So i have to compare this against something like Talisker DE and Ardbeg Uigadeal. This, while good, is probably the weakest of the 3. Less smoky than the Ardbeg, less sherried than the Talisker. It is still good and I enjoy the balance of the two "bomb" profiles, but it's playing both sides of the fence. If you want a balanced peated/sherried whisky, look no further. Most people who are shopping for these want the robust flavors.