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:
Coffee:
Bonfire Smoke:
Seaweed:
Dried Fruit:
Alcohol:
Cherry:
Chili:
Pepper:
Herbs:
Cinnamon:
Grass:
Ham:
Heather:
Honey:
Iodine:
Leather:
Medicinal Smoke:
Orange:
Plum:
Raisin:
Tobacco:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Anise:
Barley:
Blackberry:

Tasting Video

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Tasting Notes 19

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Tasting notes of Davisscholar:

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.

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25. Apr 2020
Nosing: HoneyPeat SmokeSherryGrapefruitRaisin

... plus Strawberry and a hint of anise if left in the glass long enough (>60 minutes, in the case of this tasting)

Taste: Peat SmokeBlackberry

Finish: Peat SmokeBonfire SmokeBarley

Comment: A nice mix of fruit and sugar sweetnesses leads the way with Bowmore 15-year old "Darkest," and serve as a fine offset to the mild peat scent once it eventually appears as a mild influence.

Smoke is more recognizable on the palate. The peat influence fades in the finish, but also pairs up with wood smoke as it goes. The taste experience with this whisky is clearly less complex than what the nose delivers.

Not much oak or nuttiness to be found anywhere in this whisky. The lack of a complementary bitter note is perhaps only a minor disappointment, but it is certainly noticeable in its absence.
19. Jun 2018
Nosing: Peat SmokeChocolateDried Fruit

Taste: Peat SmokeDark ChocolateRaisinPlumCherryOakSherry

Finish: Long

Comment: A spicy, dark roasted drop of plum, cherry, sherry and chocolate. Rich peat smoke, spice, oak and some cedar make for a great finish. Mouthwateringly moreish, complex and deep. A terrific scotch!
03. Apr 2015

Comment: Was expecting more from Sherry. However, this left me feeling so so. I'm partial due to the fact that I am not a peat freak.
SuperDrams
26. Sep 2016
Nosing: sherry, caramel, medicinal, smoke, alcohol, raisin.

Taste: caramel, smoke, spices, and light oakiness.

Finish: Dry and smoky.

Comment: A very good dram.
07. May 2016
Cdamiano
09. May 2016
Brad69
07. Mar 2016
Brad69
01. Apr 2016
Nosing: SherryPeat SmokeMaltDate

Taste: SherryFruitHoneyAlcohol

Finish: Bonfire SmokeLeatherMaltOilAnise

Comment:
Sherry
smokeybourbon
20. Oct 2019
Nosing: OakDried FruitDark ChocolatePeat Smoke

Taste: SherryOakCinnamonPeat Smoke

Finish: Peat SmokeSpicesIodineSherry

Comment:
27. Dec 2019
Nosing: SherryDried FruitRaisinPlumOrangeAlmondsPeat Smoke

Taste: SherryFruitPeat Smoke

Finish: OakSherryPeat Smoke